Hiring landscaper services require some due-diligence, but it doesn’t need to be stressful.
Here are four important things you need to know before hiring landscaper for your project. These few precautions can mean the difference between a smooth project, or one riddled with problems and delays.
Are They Professional Landscapers?
Many companies claim they are landscapers, but that doesn’t mean they have the skills and equipment to do the job properly. Professionals offer you peace of mind, because they’ve got the experience under their belts and they’re knowledgeable on all of the current best practices and standards.
If you are planning a major landscaping project, seek out a licensed landscape architect or a professional landscape designer. Education and hands-on experience include everything from creating initial designs, to scale drawings, and plant and materials selection. They are also connected with qualified contractors whose work meets local and state codes and guidelines.
Of course, all projects include balancing cost, service and quality. Just because a company is small, it does not mean that they do not have the skills necessary to complete the job. At Loiselle Insurance we advocate for hiring landscaper contractors of any size but be sure to research their
RI contractors license and always request proof of their insurance.
If you want to minimize cost, focus on the service and quality that a company can provide. Have a basic plan as a starting point for discussions, and then check the following details before you commit.
Are They Fully Insured & Bonded?
Landscaping is tough work and requires workers and equipment. If you’re going to have a number of people working around your property, you need to know the landscaper is properly insured.
Reputable companies have general liability insurance, which covers accidents or mishaps that damage your property. The landscaper should also have workers’ compensation insurance for their employees to cover injuries on the job site. A reputable landscaper will gladly have their insurance company send you a certificate of insurance which not only provides proof of current insurance but it also provides you with the the name of their insurance company/agent, their policy number, and their policy effective dates. Be sure the certificate itself is recently dated and signed.
Local, Reputable & Accountable
Hire a local company with a long track record of satisfying clients. Any reputable company should be able to provide you with references from recent work.
Call references before hiring a landscaper and ask them what they thought the company did well, and how they could have done better. Also, check their rating with the Better Business Bureau and look for reviews on websites like Angie’s List. A good BBB rating and a number of positive reviews is a good way to know that you’ve found a reputable landscaper worth hiring.
Written Estimate & Detailed Contract
Anyone can tell you what you want to hear when they want your business. However, a reputable contractor puts everything in writing. They provide a clear timeline for work and completion, detailed material lists, and they’ll make sure that you completely understand their process before they begin the job.
Hiring landscaper services doesn’t have to be gamble. The best RI landscapers also back their workmanship with a detailed guarantee. Some also cover plants and trees in a separate document. Guarantees vary greatly from company to company, so make sure that you fully understand the warranties or guarantees that your landscaper is providing. Ensure the contract also covers any permits or licenses required for the project.
A good landscaper has access to the necessary professionals and equipment to complete your project properly. You don’t want to discover that you need to hire another contractor midway, and you don’t want your project left in limbo because the landscaper decided another project is more important.
Seek out a company that’s with you throughout the process and backs their work. You’ll have your dream yard and your project will run smoothly, from start to finish.