How To Choose the Right Landscaping Contractor

Landscaping is one of the best ways to build your homes equity! Adding landscaping to your home that is well designed and properly installed can increase the value of your home by 14 to 17 percent!

There are probably many advertisements for landscaping contractors in your area. Choosing the right contractor for any job isn’t easy and it can even be a little scarey!

There are several guidelines to use when choosing a contractor. With a few extra steps, a lot of knowledge and a little investigative work your project should turn out perfect!

First you should determine what you want the contractor to do. Many people prefer to do some of the basic, easier work themselves to save some money. Before even talking to a contractor, decide whether you want to do some of the work or if you want them to do the entire job.

One of the first things you should do is investigate the company. Though new companies may be very reliable and competent, older more established companies usually have more experience.

Find out how many years the company has been in business. It’s a good idea to check with the Better Business Bureau to find out about the companies reputation.

Don’t be afraid to ask the contractor for references! Only the ones that have had customer satisfaction problems will get “testy” when you ask to see some examples of their work!

If you get references, drive by and check out the landscaping they’ve done. If they give you phone numbers, call the customer and ask them about the experience they had with the company.

Another thing that you may want to know is if the company has all of the certifications and licenses they’re required to have by law. Don’t just assume that because it’s a business they follow the local laws.

Insurance is of major importance. By law the company should have worker’s compensation, liability and comprehensive insurance. This could cause huge problems if one of the companies employees were to get injured while working on your property.

It’s better to make sure that they have the right insurance coverage than to end up being sued! Their insurance should also cover any unexpected damages they do to your home or property. A run-away wheel barrow could put a huge dent in your new car!

It would be great if all landscapers had some kind of training. But, if you’ve ever seen ads for these types of jobs, most don’t require any formal training.

It’s alright for a landscaping company to hire people without training or experience to do the labor. But, there should at least be a supervisor on the job that has a lot of landscaping knowledge to make sure the job is done right!

Everyone knows that a small company just starting out can’t build up a reputation without getting jobs! Using a new company is fine and you may even get a better deal from someone eager to get their start. Just make sure you ask for references and follow through on checking them out!

Never hire any contractor without finding out what kind of guarantee they offer. Find out exactly what is covered and what will be replaced free and what you’ll be expected to pay for.

If the plants, shrubs or bushes they planted die next week, will they replace them? If a retaining wall collapses in a few months, will they rebuild it?

Last but definitely not least, get everything in writing! Don’t ever sign anything without reading it and make sure that the guarantee and all the details are in the contract before signing it!

With a little patience and some extra steps you’ll have a beautifully landscaped yard to be proud of. You’ll be glad that you went the extra mile in the long run!