Tips for Choosing a Great Landscaping Company Tips for Choosing a Great Landscaping Company

There are of course many different companies in the business of landscaping, and it can be difficult for homeowners and business owners to find an honest, reputable, skillful and reliable firm. Hiring a landscaper can mean everything from hiring the kid down the street to plant a flower bed to hiring a professional landscape design firm to lay out the newest office park or residential development. It is important, therefore, to know exactly what you are looking for in a landscaping firm, and then to use those criteria to select a professional firm.

Many homeowners and business owners, of course, already have these criteria in mind, and know exactly what they want in terms of landscaping. For others, however, the criteria are not so clear cut, so it may be a good idea to look around the neighborhood for inspiration and advice.

For instance, if one of your neighbors has a stunning landscape, you may want to ask for recommendations, as well as for the name of their landscaper. The advice of friends, family members and coworkers can provide an excellent starting point when it comes to choosing the right landscaping firm.

It helps to compile a list of those landscapers doing business in your local area. These firms often advertise in telephone directories and local newspapers, as well as at local nurseries and garden centers. Having a list to go by will make the process of interviewing and assessing landscape companies a great deal easier.

With your list in hand, it is time to begin the process of interviewing landscaping companies. It is important not to feel rushed, and to give this important process the time it deserves. It is a good idea to interview at least three competing firms before making a final decision.

During the interview process, it is a good idea to bring up any ideas you have about how to improve your exterior landscape, as well as listen to any ideas brought up by the representative of the landscaping firm. After tossing ideas around, it is important to come up with a formal landscaping plan. This formal plan will help the landscaping firm create their estimate. It is important to present the same plan to each landscaper you interview, so that you know you are comparing apples to apples.

Before deciding on a landscaping contractor, it is important to get an estimate of how long the job will take to complete. If additional subcontractors, such as pool contractors, will be required, be sure that the contractor will take responsibility for the work done by any such subcontractors.

It is also important to consider any ongoing maintenance issues that will be involved. If the firm you hire will be doing the ongoing maintenance, such as weeding, spraying, etc., be sure that this maintenance is spelled out in the contract, and be sure that the price is specified in writing. And of course it is important that the company you hire be wiling to stand behind their work. Be sure to get a written guarantee of quality as well as a guarantee that quality workmanship and materials will be provided.

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