How to Choose a Good Landscape Contractor
If you’re searching for a landscaping company, there’s no question about supply. Definitely no shortage here! What you may find a bit of a challenge, however, is finding somebody qualified and pleasant to work with. So how exactly do you go about choosing a good contractor for your home? Below are five simple but effective tips:
Do Your Research
Look online to find local landscaping contractors and then compare them. Be careful with those who offer you incredibly cheap rates – you don’t want to be surprised with the catch. You usually get what you pay for in the landscaping industry. Find landscapers who have been providing a variety of services for a long time, and those who can give you strong client references. Spend time checking 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 Needs
Make sure you know exactly what you want the landscape contractor to do and that you can convey it to them as clearly as possible. Preferably, write down some notes on paper and ask the contractor if they can work around your ideas.
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 may also be called other names, such as landscape design companies, lawn care companies, landscape maintenance contractors, and all the rest. When searching online, include all such terms. No matter what they’re called though, you want no less than skilled professionals working on your yard.
Focus on the following when studying your prospects:
> how long the company has been in business
> the contractor’s rating with the Better Business Bureau
> memberships to professional or industry organizations
> satisfaction guarantees
> positive reviews from previous clients
> pictures from latest projects
By far, word of mouth remains to be the best way of finding a reputable landscaping company. Ask friends, family members and neighbors for recommendations. They may have worked with a good landscaper before.
Look for Chemistry
Even if you work with the best landscape company in the world, the results will still not be satisfying enough if there’s no connection between the two of you. To connect means to be able to express yourself and all your ideas, and to be understood completely.
Finally, when looking for that “fit” with your prospective contractor, look into the following:
> communication skills
> patience and enthusiasm in working with you
Obviously, finding a good landscape company overnight is almost impossible, but that should be fine if it means you can find someone who can give you high quality results.
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