Finding a Good Landscape Contractor
If you’re looking for a landscape contractor, you won’t have a problem with 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 what’s a good way of choosing a landscape company for your home? Below are five simple but effective tips:
Do Some Research
Check online to find landscaping companies in your area, compare them with one other. Careful with those incredibly cheap offers – there will surely be a catch. Like other industries, you get what you pay for when it comes landscaping. Pay attention to your prospects’ experience in different landscaping services and their willingness to provide 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
Be sure you know what exactly you want and that you can express your ideas accurately and clearly to the landscape contractor. Preferably, put all your ideas on paper and ask the contractor if they will be able to work around them.
Stay Open to Options
As earlier mentioned, there are a lot of landscape contractors nowadays, and they usually vary when it comes to service areas, specialties, pricing and general reputation. Landscape contractors may also be called other names, such as landscape design companies, lawn care companies, landscape maintenance contractors, and all the rest. Try to use all of these terms you search for information online. Regardless of what they’re called, you only want skilled professionals – no less – to work on your yard.
When screening a prospect, focus on the following:
> how long the contractor has been in the industry
> the company’s Better Business Bureau rating
> memberships to professional or industry organizations
> satisfaction or work guarantees
> positive reviews from previous clients
> photos from recent projects
Asking for Referrals
At the end of the day, word of mouth is still the best route to a good landscape contractor. Seek personal recommendations from people you trust – friends, relatives, neighbors, etc. Maybe they’ve hired a landscaper recently and were pleased with the results.
Look for a Connection
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. A connection allows you to express yourself, your ideas and expectations fully, and enables the contractor understand you completely.
Lastly, the following will help you determine if a certain contractor is the right fit for you:
> communication skills
> patience and sincerity in meeting your needs
As you can see, you won’t find a good landscape contractor overnight, but that’s okay if it means finding someone who can bring you the quality of results you want.