Once you have decided to put your yard maintenance into the hands of a professional whether it is just weekly mowing or something more complicated like designing a hardscape patio and walkway for your backyard, how do you find someone who will do the job well at a reasonable price. Here are some suggestions of how to go about finding a good landscaper.
- Brainstorm Goals – Before you even begin looking for a great landscaper you should have a good idea of what you might want to do to your yard. The type of maintenance and design you are thinking of will determine the skill and expertise level of the team you hire. There is a huge difference in skill needed for a team that will create an irrigation system and hardscape versus one that will merely mow your lawn regularly.
- Do Your Homework – Search online for local landscapers. Check any online reviews and testimonials that may be on record for the company. Check the Better Business Bureau for ratings and complaints, paying close attention to how they resolved complaints Look at things like how long the company has been in business and if they have sample pictures of their work. Ask neighbors and friends if they have any recommendations of great landscapers. Try to come up with a list of at least three companies from which you will ask for a consult and estimate.
- During the Consultation – While meeting with the landscaper and the team find out several key things. Is the company licensed and insured? Can the company give you a design and estimate in writing? Is there any guarantee? Can you see yourself working with this person? Can they work within your budget? Many times you will need to trust your gut when deciding on character and likeability.