So, you’ve finally put your foot down and the landscaping project is set to kick off soon. Great! Have a budget yet? How about a landscaper? Not yet? Well, that will be a tough one. The landscaper you select will determine if you get the outcome you expected or something better. There are many landscaping companies in Houston. How do you choose one company and know that they are the best?
1. Get recommendations
Are your neighbors or friends’ lawns in pristine shape? Ask them who their landscaper is. If they did a great job on their homes, they could deliver the same results – unless you get a different team.
You should also consider carrying out online checks. About all landscaping companies have an online presence? Scour the internet and go through the reviews, recommendations, and complaints. Visit Yelp too. You never know what information you’ll dig out from these sources.
Recommendations and online searches save time and money spent checking these companies out.
2. Get their bids
Ask the best companies reviewed and recommended for their quotes. The quotes should detailevery item used in landscaping listed. The bids will have highly variable values. Compare the bids but don’t go for the lowest bids. Those guys always disappoint.
3. Get their references
Past project references from past clients will further filter your list of possible landscapers. The references will give you more information about the company and that will be the biggest deal breaker or maker.
The landscaping company must have professional experts to deal with the plants and the pool if there is one. These experts/ specialists include arborists, swimming pool designers, hardscaping experts, plumbing technicians etc. It is more helpful and trust-building when the company has a horticulturalist when unsure of the plants that do well around your home. Lawn Service Houston have many in-house professionals that will get the work done perfectly.
5. Insurance and bonding
Is the company insured and bonded? Moving plants and hardscape materials around your home is risky. You don’t wish to bear hospitalization or injury treatment costs. You also need someone liable for damages to your property in the course of the landscaping project. There are no two ways about this, the company must be insured and bonded by a renowned and trusted company.
How long has the company been in the industry? The landscaper must have the experience to get the work done, manpower and the skill to handle your project. This is why you need to ask for referees. They will give you insider information about that landscaping company, their strengths plus their weaknesses.
7. Site layout
The landscaping company must provide drawings of your plans. Drawings are great for envisioning the contractor’s propositions. During the bidding process, you must ask every bidder to furnish you with their proposed layouts. The installation process and project design must be outlined too.
Is the company offering any guarantee for their services? The most reputable companies give guarantees lasting about five years. The plants should also come with warranties. Before signing any papers, ensure that the company will stay on site until the projects’ completion time.
In conclusion, you don’t want to run into losses by hiring the wrong person. Get these considerations sorted and catered for before hiring the landscaping company.
Tony Huntley is a landscaping consultant at Lawn Service Houston. He has been in this field for over 15 years now. To learn more about their services, check out their website.