Once you’ve decided to have landscaping performed in your yard, it will be time to choose a company that will not only be able to provide you with what you’ve requested, but that will also be available afterwards to keep your property looking good. Keeping the aspects below in mind and asking the right questions will help ensure that you choose a landscaping company that is reliable and well known for providing excellent customer service.
Are you Insured and Bonded?
Landscaping is extremely labor-intensive work, meaning that specialized equipment and a number of employees will usually be needed to get the job done. As such, you will need to know if your chosen landscaper or company is appropriately insured.
Any reputable landscaping company will carry general liability insurance that covers mishaps or accidents that cause damage to your property. In addition, they will need to provide proof of having workers’ compensation insurance for any employees that will be working on your property. If they cannot provide proof of these forms of insurance, you’ll be better off working with another company.
How Long have you been in Business?
It’s crucial to ensure that the company you’ve chosen has the required manpower, experience and skills to see your project through to completion. You don’t want to be stuck with a project that has been partially completed because of an insufficient number of employees or a landscaper that has taken on more than they can cope with.
Although there is nothing wrong with hiring a relatively new landscaping company, keep in mind that those that have been around for more than a decade or two must be providing clients with excellent end results if they’re still in business.
What is your Lead Time on my Project?
It’s essential that you know when your chosen landscaping company will be able to start your project. While many companies may promise to get started ‘right away,’ they sometimes end up putting your project on hold to go and work elsewhere because they’ve over-committed their services to too many clients at the same time.
Although you may sometimes wait a little longer for some companies to start your landscaping project, it’s better to know that it will be worked on from start to finish without standing for long periods of time in between.
What will Happen with Outdoor Pets while Work is being done?
Owing to the fact that many homeowners have pets living in their yards, it’s crucial to inquire what your landscaping company’s protocol will be in this regard. However, in cases where significant changes are going to be made to the yard, or where there’s a chance of pets escaping out into the street, it will be better to have them staying elsewhere until the project has been completed.
If you’ve been considering having your yard landscaped and would like to obtain a professional opinion or even an estimate of the costs that would be involved to do so, contact us today to set up an appointment.