Finding a Good Landscape Contractor
If you’re looking for a landscape contractor, you won’t have a problem with supply. Definitely no shortage here! The real issue, however, is finding someone who is qualified and a pleasure to work with. So how exactly do you go about choosing a good contractor for your home? Here are five helpful tips:
Do Some Research
Check online to find landscaping companies in your area, compare them with one other. Careful with those incredibly cheap offers – there will surely be a catch. This is one of those industries where you usually get what you pay for. Look for landscapers who are experienced in various services and can give you client references. Allot some time to check out their websites and social media profiles. Very importantly, read online reviews on them, but stick to third-party consumer websites (marketing websites are full of fabricated testimonials and are thus unreliable).
Know Your Wants and Needs
Be sure you know what exactly you want and that you can express your ideas accurately and clearly to the landscape contractor. Preferably, make a list of the things you want and need, and ask the contractor if they can meet your expectations.
Stay Open to Options
As we have mentioned earlier, there are so many landscape contractors today, and they may vary in terms of pricing, specialties and overall reputation. Landscape contractors are also usually called lawn care companies, landscape designers, landscape maintenance companies, etc. Try to use all of these terms you search for information online. Regardless of what they’re called, you only want skilled professionals – no less – to work on your yard.
When screening a prospect, focus on the following:
> how long the company has been in business
> the contractor’s rating with the Better Business Bureau
> memberships to industry associations
> work guarantees
> positive testimonials from past clients
> pictures from latest projects
Asking for Referrals
By far, word of mouth remains to be the best way of finding a reputable landscaping company. Ask your friends, relatives and neighbors for referrals. Maybe they’ve worked with a landscaper before and were happy with the results.
Look for Chemistry
Even if you hire the most skilled landscape contractor in the world, you won’t be completely satisfied if you don’t connect well. Connecting means being able to fully express yourself, with the contractor being able to fully understand you as well.
Finally, when looking for that “fit” with your prospective contractor, look into the following:
> communication skills
> patience and sincerity in meeting your needs
Evidently, it’s almost impossible to find a reputable landscaper overnight, which should be totally fine if it means you’ll get superior quality results by the end of your projects.