Tips for Finding a Reputable and Trustworthy Landscaping Business
Over the past few years, the internet has become an excellent resource to seek out local trades and businesses; through Google and media outlet searches you can compare and contrast businesses to ensure that you’re picking a business that can provide services that are best suited for you and your family’s needs.
Nonetheless, sometimes it can be challenging to determine what questions are important to ask once you have narrowed down your bracket. Here are our tips on finding the most reputable and trustworthy landscaping business for your project.
1. Seek out referrals, references, reviews and recommendations on the business
Whether you’ve done your searches and found a few businesses that seem suitable for your needs or you have been referred to landscaper through a neighbour or word of mouth, it’s always good to do a little back check before you move forward. We suggest looking at some of the businesses’ online reviews and even asking the business if they have any past clients that would opt to give them a reference.
2. Ask for an estimate instead of giving out your budget
If a business is reputable they will be honest about their pricing. When hiring a landscape contractor, we suggest waiting for your landscaper to provide you with an estimate instead of telling them what your maximum budget is upfront. This ensures that you are getting the quality of work you desire and that corners are not being cut to increase profit on their end. The price can always be negotiated once the estimate has been provided.
3. Ensure that you have signed a contract before any work commences
Before the machinery and materials start moving into your yard, ensure that both parties have signed the contract.
4. Ask about warranty
Landscape businesses with great reputations almost always have a warranty policy. Before you sign your contract it is a good idea to ask about the business’s warranty policy, to ensure that if natural damage does occur, it will be fixed.
5. Ask to see a portfolio of previous work
Asking a landscaper to see their portfolio of previous work is a great way to see if the work they provide meshes with the vision you have. A reputable landscaping company will have either an online portfolio for you to explore or potentially even a hard copy that you can have access to during your consult.
6. Ensure the business is responsible for acquiring all necessary permits for the project
Most landscaping projects require bylaw permits and some require other natural gas or click where your dig permits before work commences. Acquiring these permits should be something that your landscape contractor does for you and they should have these documents readily available for you to view upon request during service.