How to Hire Landscapers and Gardening Services: Our 8-Step Approach
Are you in need of lawn or gardening services? Do you find it difficult to locate a reputable company to hire? Have no fear, I have created a blog that provides information related to hiring landscapers and the steps needed to select a reputable company.
Make a list of the lawn and garden tasks you want done
When looking for a landscaping professional, make a list of all the tasks you want done in your yard. This will help you determine what type of service best fits your needs. If your list includes difficult tasks such as creating flower beds or installing artificial turf, you may want to hire an expert for those types of projects.
Learn the basics of lawn and gardening services
The first thing you should do when hiring a lawn care service is to determine exactly what services you need. There are many different types of lawn care services available and it is important to know what each type of service entails before making a choice. A good place to start is by asking friends, family members and co-workers for their recommendations. Most everyone will have had some kind of experience with lawn care services, so this is an easy way to get information.
To narrow down your search, think about your own needs as well as any special requests or concerns you may have. For example, if you want your lawn mowed on a certain day or if you want certain areas to be fertilized more than others, let the company know ahead of time. By doing this, you can ensure that your expectations are met and that you get the best possible service at the best possible price.
Talk to multiple service providers
When you hire gardeners and landscapers, it is important to talk to multiple contractors before you decide. Check out their work and compare prices. If one of the companies charges much more than others for the same services, then that could be a red flag. You want to find a company that does quality work and does not cut corners or take short cuts on your job.
Hiring a reputable landscaping company can be an overwhelming experience. There are a lot of things to consider before making a decision. You want to make sure that the company you hire is going to do excellent work, and you want to feel comfortable with the people that you'll be working with for the next several months. That’s why you -
Ask the right questions
Just like with any contractor you hire, you should ask questions of potential landscapers. Some are obvious and they should answer them readily. But others are not so obvious and you may want to probe further, too. Here are some questions to help you assess the company and its ability to provide you with the best service possible:
Are all of your employees licensed and insured? How long have they been with your company? What are their education and experience levels?
How long have you been in business? Are you licensed as a general contractor in my state? What kind of work do you specialize in?
How will I know that I'm getting the services for which I'm paying for? How often will I get updates on my project? Will I be included in decisions about plantings or other features of the job?
Do you provide references for past clients and is it OK if I contact them? Can my neighbors speak to your company's performance? Do former customers give you good ratings on sites like HomeAdvisor, Angie's List and others?
How long does it take to complete a project like mine? Can we set up a timeline for completion so that there are no surprises?
Ask for references
A good landscaper will be more than happy to provide you with references upon request. You can call or email these references to get a feel for how well your potential landscaper will do the job and if they are reputable or not.
Research their qualifications and reputation using the BBB and other review sites
Check the company out with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and other online review sites. Not only can you find out if they've had any complaints, but you can also see what other customers have to say about the company's customer service, punctuality and price.
Other review sites like Google, Yelp, and Angie’s List can also be great ways to hear from their past clients and get the inside scoop. But be fair! Not all customers are kind or reasonable, so don’t count a landscaper out just because of one or two bad reviews if the large majority of their reviews are great.
Discuss what materials and chemicals will be used
It's important for you to know what materials and chemicals will be used on your property, especially if you have pets or children that are going to be running around and rolling in the grass. Unsafe chemicals aren’t as common as they used to be, but these kinds of questions still need to be asked. Some landscapers may use organic products, which are better for the environment. Others may use only environmentally safe chemicals and fertilizers. A reputable landscaper will be able to provide the details of their services at the time they give you a quote.
Establish a service schedule
To keep your lawn and gardens looking good throughout the warm seasons, it's important that you establish a regular service schedule. This will ensure you don't miss any important maintenance and can make sure your lawn and gardens look their best all year long. Most people choose to have their lawncare and gardening service providers come by every 1-2 weeks to ensure their property is neat and well-maintained.
Now that you have read the advice above, you are better equipped to begin your search for a reputable landscaping service in your area. The most important thing is to find a company that meets the needs of the property and you. By following the tips we provided here and in our previous post, you will definitely be on your way to hiring a landscaping service that provides the quality workmanship and customer service that you expect.