Gather Insight from Landscapers
From backyard landscaping and installing water features to monthly lawn care or desert landscaping – you’ll want to work with a professional landscaping company. Here are some questions you may want to ask before hiring a Landscape Contractor:
1. Are you licensed?
A professional landscaper should receive a card stating that they are approved to do business. Not every state requires a license, but you can go to your local government site for background information.
2. Do you have liability insurance?
Accidents happen, especially when working with mowers, sharp sheers, edgers, and other landscaping tools. Make sure you won’t be responsible for payment by only hiring a professional with insurance.
3. What is your specialty/trade?
Some landscape contractors may only like to work on yard maintenance and basic planting, while others may like complete landscape design and full landscape installation. Make sure your landscaping contractor matches your project needs.
4. How long have you been in business?
Experience is key for the best results.
5. Who will be doing the actual work- you personally, your employees, or subcontractors? Who will oversee the day-to-day job?
For some projects, the person that you talk to or that gives the estimate is not always the person doing the work. The contractor will be surrounding your home (and may need partial access to inside), so it’s important you know who will be doing the work and that you are comfortable with them.
6. How long with the job take?
Depending on the landscaping project, your request may take a while if there is design needed and for purchasing materials. Timelines are important to help you with any adjustments.
7. How many other projects are you working on?
It may be beneficial to know what’s on their plate. Are you a top priority? Will the project take longer since they are working on many other ones?
8. What kind of mess, noise, and inconvenience should I expect?
Depending on the project, you may want a clear understanding of what you can expect so you can plan around any inconveniences.
9. What problems may come up? How will they affect timeline/budget?
When the contractor comes to review a project, they may be able to give some insight on potential issues based on past experiences. This could not only help you better understand timeline, but it allows contractors to feel more confident in their estimates.
10. What timeframes will you be working? Do you work on weekends?
Since the landscaping contractors will need access to your home, you’ll want a clear understanding of the hours they plan on working.
More questions may arise as you get a sense of the project. These 10 will help you feel more comfortable about your investment while at the same time helping the landscape contractor communicate the process.