It’s worth your time to look for the absolute best option when hiring a landscaper for your home. Depending on what type of landscaping services you need and their complexity, it can often make sense to hire professional landscapers rather than individual contractors.
Hiring a licensed landscaping company will ensure that your project is completed on time and within your particular budget. Below are a few steps and considerations to take into account as you go about your next landscaping hire.
Get examples of their prior work
For just about any landscaper out there, you will want to get several examples of their prior work before you commit to hiring them for even the smallest amount of yardwork.
They should have multiple photos of their work, with before and after shots of yards that they have performed basic landscaping services for, up to their most advanced services.
With a quick look at their past work you can easily determine which particular service will have the skill to be able to assist you with your current landscaping needs.
If any potential landscaper refuses to provide you with before and after photos, there may be a reason for that and you should probably move onto another option.
Make sure they are licensed and insured
It’s essential to only work with licensed and insured landscapers in your area because of liability. There are important concerns regarding personal liability if something goes wrong during your landscaping project.
If your landscaper is injured during your job, and they don’t have insurance or a license to operate in your state, you may actually be liable for their injuries.
This of course is not worth the risk no matter how large or small your landscaping project is. Be sure that you check the credentials of any potential landscaper that you work with to ensure that they have the proper licensing and insurance before you hire anyone.
Get information about their rates upfront
You should also try to get as much information about your expected costs upfront before you commit to hiring anyone.
Most contractors and professional companies will meet with you for free and give you a quote for whatever landscaping you need, even if it is just basic maintenance.
Contractors or services that refuse to give you detailed information about what you can expect to pay upfront might possibly overcharge you and aren’t worth working with.
You can plan out your budget for your landscaping project more carefully this way as well.
Is their work guaranteed?
Find out if their work is guaranteed; most legitimate services will offer some sort of long term warranty to protect your landscaping investment.
This is important, especially when you are going to be spending what can amount to thousands of dollars on landscaping improvements such as turf renovation, irrigation systems, plant removal and other changes.
Their work should be guaranteed for an extended period of time so that any future problems or defects with the landscaping can be fixed at no cost or a discounted cost.
Meet with them to ask questions
You’ll almost always want to meet with your landscaping company for a free consultation as it will give you the opportunity to ask them questions about their experience, licensing and other concerns.
Once you’ve talked to them on the phone, try to set up an in-person meeting at your home so they can scope out your landscape and answer your questions. Ask them to bring photos of their prior work with them for you to view, and ask them how long your landscaping project will be expected to take.
Find out how long they have been in business
Working with a newer landscaping company may save you a little money in some cases but can be a major risk, especially when you’re planning some more complex renovations to your landscape.
Try to find out how long they have been in business and try to work with companies with more experience to guarantee that you get the results you want.
Landscaping companies that have just started recently may also be lacking in the insurance and licensing you need to ensure that your project can be completed without liability and with the proper permits.
Hire a company that shows genuine interest
When meeting with your potential company, try to determine their interest level and passion for landscaping. Any company that shows genuine interest in your ideas, communicates with you, and focuses on your ideas and goals will be worth working with.
If you notice that your opinions are being ignored even to a small extent, it’s probably not a good idea to work with that particular company as there’s a good chance they’ll miss out on your vision for your new landscape and potentially make expensive mistakes.
Carnahan Landscaping and Pools is a leading landscaping company in Cypress, TX area that can meet with you anytime for a consultation, show you examples of our past work and answer your questions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or for more information.