You can save money on energy bills with good landscaping, and of course, it can also make your home safer, more visually appealing and increase its value. But choosing the right landscaper is a must if you want to enjoy these benefits. We’ve put together some tips that should help you to choose the best landscaping company for your needs.
1) Determine Your Needs
You’ll have to determine your needs before you can go about choosing the right landscaping company. Fertilization, trimming trees and planting are just some of the specialized areas of landscaping, and you may want to hire a specialist if you only need a couple of specific tasks. On the other hand, using the services of an all-purpose landscaper can save you money and time if you have several different projects you want to be carried out.
You can often be the victim of deceptive practices if you employ a landscaper or salesman who turns up at your home unannounced. Looking in the phone book or searching online is a better way to find a locally based landscaper who can get the job done. Ask for recommendations from your neighbors or friends if they have a great looking yard, check with your local Better Business Bureau, and read online reviews and comments from customers.
3) Ask Questions
If you have some landscaping companies that seem promising, come up with a list of questions to ask. You should establish if the company has completed similar projects previously and how long the company has been operating. A reputable and well-established landscaping company cares about its employees and is more likely to employ experienced and skilled workers.
You can protect yourself against losing a lot of money by making sure your chosen landscaping company has the required licensing and certification and is bonded and insured. The tasks carried out by the Vancouver landscaping company can determine the licensing required; certification by the International Society of Arboriculture is recommended for arborists, for example.
Talk about the materials, tools, and techniques that your landscaper intends to use to finish your landscaping project. An inept landscaper may make the mistake of putting too much mulch around a tree and killing it; you should make sure your landscaper is knowledgeable enough not to make similar mistakes.
6) Timing Of Project
It’s important to establish the timing, how long it will take, and when you can expect your landscaping project to be finished. Workers may leave your project to work somewhere else unless they promise to work daily until the project is finished.
Warranties can vary from being non-existent to last for two to five years, making it important to understand what’s offered. If a company ceases operations or doesn’t honor their warranty, it becomes useless.
Don’t work with a landscaper who demands full payment before the job is done, or takes only cash. Paying with a money order, check or credit card gives you a paper trail in case of problems. And always ask about payment plans, financing, and total payment before any work is done.