First things first, you need to know that it is difficult to choose the right professional landscaping designer. This is because confusing advertisements, misleading claims or bad information are just a few of the things that you will be bombarded with.
There are several landscaping companies and landscape designers who will be interested in your business. On the outer surface, these landscaping companies can appear to be the same. 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.
Ensure the landscaping company is insured and licensed. This is undoubtedly the first and obvious thing one can do when they want to enlist the services of a landscaping designer. 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. The landscaping must also be insured to cover any injuries which may be sustained when working for you. Insist on the certificate of liability.
Check out the quote prices. The low prices are usually offered in form of estimates. Be cautious of quotes like these. Alternatively, insist on getting a proposal with complete details of the offered services as well as a fixed price for the services. Unless there is a significant involvement of excavation, the landscaping professional should not have any issues with this arrangement.
Many professional landscaping companies base their prices on 3 basic factors, the labor, the materials and equipment and the profit. But certain overhead costs are often overlooked. For example, employee uniform, training programs etc. What might seem like a pocket friendly price is deceiving. It is important that you know what is included and required for you to get the desired outcome.
Once you have a comfortable proposal, all you need is a signed contract that documents the scope and terms of work 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 cannot provide referrals, then you should move to the next landscaper. Personally contact some of the references possibly look at their landscape lighting. Also check with business bureaus and know the ratings.