How to hire a landscaping company: 9 questions to ask before booking an appointment
Call an Atlanta-based landscaping company to make your yard the talk of the neighborhood.
By Angela Tague
Your home is your palace, so why not give it a little extra curb appeal? A landscaping company can transform your Southern yard into an extension of your living space. From decks and patios, to gardens and trees, your yard makeover awaits. But before you book an appointment, ask your potential landscapers a few key questions about their businesses.
Do you spend evenings outside? Consider having a landscaper add outdoor lighting. From recessed lighting in walkways to decorative yard lamps, there are dozens of ways to add a beautiful glow to your lawn after dark.
Landscapers can also build decorative retaining walls and remove unwanted tree stumps.
4. Do you build decks and patios?
Some landscape companies offer outdoor building services, such as wood or composite decks and patios. If the company offers this service, ask if they do the work themselves, or if they subcontract to a construction company. If they subcontract, do your homework about the other company before making any decisions. Are they reliable? Is their work of a high quality? Ask for more references to see exactly what their decks and patios look like.
5. Do you guarantee your work?
After learning about the variety of services available, make sure the company will stand behind their work. Find out if they will replace greenery if it dies within a specific period of time. Or, will they maintenance and warranty sprinkler systems? Get all of this information in writing when you sign a contract for services. This is also a great time to make sure the landscapers carry insurance while they work on your property.
6. Do you offer free quotes?
OK, so now you're thinking a landscaper can improve your yard. But, how much is this adventure going to cost? Ask the potential companies if they will come over, look over your space and offer a free bid.
Quotes will range in price depending on what services you request. Ask each company to clearly itemize the quote so you can compare the costs of similar services among various providers. For example, one might specialize in brick work, and offer this service at a much lower cost than other companies.
7. How do you bill your services?
Since landscapers offer both one-time and routine maintenance services, it's important to ask about billing.
For large projects--such as designing a new garden or installing a brick driveway--expect to pay a deposit up front and the balance when the project is complete. Routine services, such as lawn fertilization, mowing, aerating and shrub trimming will likely be billed monthly, quarterly or on an annual basis.
8. Do you offer a list of references?
Before giving one of the companies the go-ahead, ask to see some samples of their work. Some landscapers carry a list of references with them, a brochure of photos or snapshots of work completed in your area.
Take the time to drive around your neighborhood and look at the addresses provided by the landscaper. Take note: Does the lawn look healthy, does the landscaping look maintained and do you like the designs of the garden areas?
9. When do I need a landscaper?
Even if you consider yourself a weekend DIY warrior, some projects are best left to a professional. If you're not sure if a landscaper can do a better job than you, ask yourself the following:
Ready to do your research? Give an Atlanta-based landscaping company a call today.
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