Important Questions to Ask Your Landscape Contractor
You are in the market to get some landscaping services but you’re having trouble understanding where to begin. While online research is an important part of finding a quality landscaper, it can also be beneficial to personally interview your landscape contractor to see if their business is a good fit for you and your family.
Here is a list of some questions that our team thinks are valuable to ask your local landscape contractor.
How long has the landscaper been in business?
The number of years that a landscaper has been in business usually reflects the experience of their team. While it is not necessarily important to source the oldest landscaping business in your city, it is valuable to research how long the business has been around and the reputation they carry.
Does the contractor hold specific qualifications?
Each individual contractor will come with a different skill set and trade-specific qualifications. Asking about a contractor’s qualifications assures that you will be getting quality work by an experienced professional.
Does the contractor or business have any certifications?
Similarly to qualifications, it can be reassuring to know about some of the certifications your contractor may have. Businesses love sharing about their accomplishments and will be eager to share how they are bettering their business through certifications and other professional development opportunities.
How long will it take to complete the project?
Most people like to know how long their landscaping project will take to complete and unless you ask this may not be discussed. Project timelines will vary from contractor to contractor so it is good to get a rough idea of how long your yard will be under construction.
What is the wait time for the project to begin?
This is another important question to ask because while the project may only take two days to complete you may be waiting a number of weeks until construction commences. Your contractor will most likely have a schedule that they need to adhere to and may have wait times on materials. Asking your landscape contractor when your project will begin will give your family the opportunity to plan around when the construction is being performed at your home.
Do they have a portfolio of previous work?
Looking through a portfolio of previous projects can give you inspiration and clarification about the work that your contractor will be performing at your home.
Does the contractor have any references or testimonials?
Asking your contractor about previous customers who could give them a reference or testimonial is an excellent way to learn more about the integrity of the business. You can also research online for reviews on the work the business provided.
What is the cleanup mandate on the project?
You don’t want your year to be left a mess, and it shouldn’t be. Asking your contractor about what the cleanup will look like after the work is complete is a good way to ensure that no mess will be left behind.