If your thumb isn’t exactly green, but you would like your yard to be, hiring a landscaper might be a wise idea. Landscapers know how to work with all kinds of terrain, and you can easily have the outdoor space that you want if you hire the right people for the job. The hardest part about hiring a landscaper is actually finding one that you can both trust and that will get the job done correctly.
How do you hire the right landscaper for your yard work? Here are some helpful tips.
- Find out what kind of state and professional license the landscaper you are thinking about hiring holds. You’ll want to make sure that licenses are valid, and that the landscapers you are about to hire are legitimate when it comes to legal paperwork.
- Make sure that the landscapers you hire are licensed properly. Why? If you hire a contractor that works under the table with no license, you may save money in the short run. But what happens when your deck starts to crumble or the fire pit that was built starts to cave in? You will have no legal recourse if the work done does not fulfill the contract or was done poorly. This isn’t a good place to be in, and you will have to hire another contractor to fix the damage done – this will cost you more in the long run.
- It never hurts to look up a company’s standing with the Better Business Bureau. You can also check around on reviews sites like Yelp to see how other people have rated the company that you are considering hiring. If the company gets negative marks across the board, you may want to stay away from that company completely. If the company just has a few negative remarks but mostly positive remarks, it’s worth finding out more.
- Does the company has previous experience building what you want to have created? Let’s say that you want the landscapers you hire to build two decks onto your home, but that company has never built a deck before. How do you know if they will do a good job? It’s better to hire a company with experience, or ask a newer contractor to show you work that was previously done in school or elsewhere. This way, you can determine whether or not past work matches the work that you want to have done.
- Look over a contract carefully. You’ll want to find out who is responsible for things like city zoning, and who has to get the right paperwork completed. Don’t assume that a contracting company does it all for you. Instead, carefully read over what the company expects of you (and what they will do), and ask questions if something doesn’t make sense to you.
- Keep in mind that sometimes costs can change when it comes to landscaping. While a moving company (for example) might be able to give you an exact estimate up front, the cost of landscaping may fluctuate. Find out what prices may vary and by how much, and make sure that those rates make sense to you. If not, ask why the prices will vary, and how much you need to budget to make things happen. If costs seem outrageous to you, find a new company.
There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to hiring a landscaping company. Perhaps the most important thing, though, is experience followed by reputation. If the company you are working with doesn’t know how to build the things that you need or complete the work you need to have done, find another company to work with. At Mill Brothers, we have extensive experience will all kinds of landscaping contracts. Call us today to find out more!