Hiring a professional landscaper is not as easy as reciting your ABC’s. You will still have to go through the screening process to eventually find out the best contractor for your needs. Here’s how you can screen them:
Accidents and different types of property damages are unavoidable, especially if a major renovation is going on around your property. To protect yourself, make sure that the contractor you are hiring offers a liability insurance. This will help keep your mind at peace whenever you hire professionals to do the job for you.
In terms of work quality, you can be protected by checking their license. Make sure that you know the different licenses that a contractor should have before they start hauling your yard. If a contractor does not have a license, you will not have any recourse should you want to raise a complaint against the company. You will also have no assurance, whatsoever, that they will hold their end of the contract. You will never be assured that the finished product will be of the best quality that any contractor can achieve.
Experience is of great importance when it comes to hiring professional contractors to do a home project for you. A contractor with years of experience under their belt will be able to anticipate any problem that may occur during the course of construction. In addition, they will also have the necessary contacts. They will be able to recommend where to find and buy certain materials that are needed to complete your project. You can always check with BBB (Better Business Bureau) whether they have a good standing and good customer feedback. It will always pay off when you stay vigilant before deciding to hire a contractor.
Don’t expect that the cost given to you before the construction began will be the same when the project is finished. This does not always happen. Before you sign any contract, you should discuss with your contractor whether the price given is fixed or not. Knowing before hand will save you some moment of shock when you receive your bill at the end of the contract. In addition, you should also discuss with your contractor your payment options. There are a lot of contractors around that will ask for a down-payment to seal the deal. The remaining balance can be paid after the project is done. It should be stipulated in your contract that if you are not satisfied, you will not be paying anymore if you don’t find the job unsatisfactory. Experienced contractors will not be shocked and be worried if you tell them to have your condition drafted on the contract. A good contractor will not be worried as they know what their capacity is.
Warranties and Maintenance
Because you are hiring a contractor that will work on your landscaping, you have to make sure that the plants will thrive. They should be able to give you instructions as to how you can care for your plants on your own. They should be able to provide you after sales service to any concerns that you may have along the way. Warranties should also be offered to you. They should be able to detail the coverage of their warranty. This will give you added cushion and guarantee that they will do their best whenever they are working on your grounds.
Remember these tips when screening and talking to a possible contractor. You should always make sure that you are covered with insurance and warranties. It does not hurt to be cautious, especially if it is your first time to use their services.