A well-maintained landscape is an integral part of the overall value of your property. Plus, your yard should be a place for you to relax and enjoy! When hiring a landscaper, you should pick a company that knows precisely what you are looking to achieve and how best to achieve it. Here are five questions that you could ask a company in order to determine whether you should hire them to do your job.
Do they offer consultations?
Some landscapers offer consultations before the work even begins. This typically means that you and a consultant will take a walk around your yard or the area where the project will be installed. The consultant should offer ideas and possibilities for changes and improvement while also asking about your needs and preferences for the space. This consultation phase should give you a feel for the company’s expertise and creativity, and whether or not you and the landscaper will be a good match.
Is the business qualified?
In other words, can they do the job? This is an obvious requirement, however you may not know how or where to find the answer. First, ensure they have insurance, and find out whether or not staff members have certifications such as ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute) and NCMA (National Concrete Masonry Association). Are they part of any professional landscape associations, such as LCA (Landscape Contractors Association) or NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals)? A quick google search will show you the relevant certifications and associations you can ask about.
A company you choose to work with should also be able to produce examples of past work and references. Examine their portfolio to determine if their style meshes with yours and if they have done or are willing to do the kind of work you are looking for.
Is the staff qualified?
It is imperative that you are aware of the competence and safety of the people that will be working on the project and on your property. Ask the contractor if they employ extensive background checks on both staff and subcontractors. Remember, these people will be spending a lot of time around your home. Beyond basic qualifications, inquire about employee specialists on the landscaping team.
How long will they stay on the project?
If possible, obtain a projected timetable for the expected time to complete the project. A reasonable time estimate will include factors such as project size, material availability, weather, and potential setbacks. Make certain you have a guarantee that the company will stay and complete the work.
Can they break down planning and installation?
Landscapers will often sketch plans for their designs. Getting to know a company’s design and installation process will give you an idea of the budget. Go over the installation step-by-step (materials, equipment, construction etc.) with the contractor.
If you still have questions about how to find a good landscaper, contact us at Absolute Landscape and Turf Services. After 15 years in the landscaping business, we’ve seen it all and can answer any questions on how to find the perfect landscape company for your needs.