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How to Choose a Landscape Contractor

A well-designed lawn can totally transform any plain-looking house. Besides that, you don’t only get an improved outdoor living space with quality landscaping, but you also increase the value of your home. Question is, how do you find the right specialist for the job?

Indeed, it can be difficult to find a good landscaping contractor. Sometimes, it’s also daunting when you think about the huge selection of landscapers these days. So how are you supposed to go about it? How do you know if a certain contractor is the one you’re looking for?

Perform some research.

First and foremost, look up landscapers in your area and compare them. Be careful with those offering very cheap rates because a catch is usually involved. Look for those that are experienced in offering a range of services and can give you strong references from past clients who had similar needs. Check out your prospects’ websites, social media profiles, consumer ratings and reviews. However, for authenticity of reviews, read only those that are featured on popular third-party websites.

Decide what you want.

Before calling any prospects, make sure you already know what you want them to do. Make a list of everything. It would be best to be as specific as possible. This ensures that you won’t forget anything when you finally meet with your prospects, and that the one hire can actually satisfy all your expectations.

Stay open-minded.

Landscaping companies come in great numbers these days, and they vary on so many areas, such as pricing, specialty, services, company size, and the rest. When screening your prospects, pay attention to:

> professional ties, such as memberships to national and local associations of landscapers;

> satisfaction guarantees; and

pictures from earlier jobs.

Ask for referrals.

If you’re looking for any kind of service provider, personal referrals are your best route. Ask those around you – friends, relatives, neighbors or people at the office. Maybe they’ve hired a good landscaping contractor recently. Most people are happy to share their experiences with different professionals they’ve hired.

Look for chemistry.

Finally, while you don’t have to be best friends with your landscaper, you at least have to be friends. Landscaping projects typically take weeks to complete, and you don’t want to torture yourself with a contractor you don’t even like. Before choosing someone, make sure they have good communication skills and are patient and understanding of your needs, aside from being receptive to your ideas or inputs.

It’s clear that searching for a good landscaper is not easy as cake. There are a few things to consider, or you could end with someone you will eventually regret choosing. Of course, you’ll do everything to avoid that.

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