What you first need to know is that choosing a good landscaping company or a landscape designer is not an easy job. This is because you will be bombarded with confusing advertisements, misleading claims or bad information.
There are several landscaping companies and landscape designers who will be interested in your business. These companies might appear to be the same on the surface. But many times, with a little digging and knowing what you are looking for, you will be prepared well in making the right decision. The information provided below can help one to save a lot of time and money whether it is your first time hiring a lawn maintenance professional or you had previously enlisted the services of a landscaping professional.
Make sure the landscaping company has relevant license and insurance. This is the first and most obvious thing to do when you intend to hire a landscaping professional. There exists a wide range of licenses that a professional landscaper can have. For instance, the general liability insurance, the floral certificate, irrigation license and so forth.
Any company that does not have a proper license will present potential problems for you. Additionally, the landscaping company must be insured so as to cover any injuries sustained during their work. Insist on the certificate of liability.
Look into the quoted price. The low prices are usually offered in form of estimates. Be cautious of quotes like these. Instead you should insist on a proposal with details on the services to be offered, and a fixed price for these services. A landscaping company should not have problems with this arrangement unless excavation is significantly involved.
A lot of professional landscapers often base their pricing on 3 main factors including, the labor, the materials or equipment and the profit. But certain overhead costs are often overlooked. For instance, the employee uniform and their training programs. What may seem like a low pricing can be deceiving. To achieve the desired results, it is important to know exactly what is included and required.
After you have received a pocket friendly proposal, you now need to get a signed copy of the contract which clearly states the scope and terms of work that is agreed on by both parties.
Although a lot of landscaping companies are very good at proclaiming their company greatness, unfortunately this is not often true at all. The established professional landscapers will easily give their clients testimonials and referrals. If they do not have this, it is better to keep looking. If possible go and personally check out their landscape lighting. Also check with business bureaus and know the ratings.