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A house can indeed be called home once you’ve transformed your garden into a luscious paradise to suit your unique requirements and managed to create a visually attractive outdoor space to spend quality time with your family.
But not everyone has green fingers or ability to create a garden that matches the picture they’ve envisioned in their heads. That’s why you need the capabilities of a professional landscaper to add special features such as paving, irrigation, planting, turf, retaining walls and much more.
Tips To Regard When Hiring A Professional Landscaper:
1. Hiring A Company With The Right Credentials
A great way to get the ball on the roll, is to ask family members, co-workers or friends with beautifully landscaped properties to provide you with a good referral.
You can also consider the following when hiring a professional with integrity:
- Does the landscaper have good references?
- Can the company present you with documentation as proof of their credentials?
- Does the company employ employees that are properly screened? The landscaper is not always the person that will be completing the project but has a team that will be doing the work.
- Always check customer reviews on the company’s website to see if there were any complaints lodged against the company or if they have excellent testimonials of previous clients. It is always best to do your homework to make sure you are hiring the best company that will be doing the design and construction of your landscaping project.
Make sure the company is registered for worker’s compensation and has liability insurance in case of employees of the company incur damages or injury during completion of the project.
3. Acceptance Before The Commencement Of The Work
Make sure that the landscaper has a clear vision of the project that you want to be completed. A detailed description of the prospective services must be included in the quote before the job starts. Pay special attention to things such as written descriptions, sketches, measurements, permits and a list of materials and the associated costs. Everything must be put in writing, and once agreement by both parties was reached, particularly about cost, then the job can be started.
4. Long-term Aftercare
Make sure you have discussed warranties with the prospective landscaper as it is good practice for companies to warranty projects to ensure that they share partial or full liability in cases where plants didn’t last, or a statue being damaged during a storm. It could be useful to discuss the warranty details, particularly what falls under replacement or repairs. Most reputable landscapers will provide you with information on how to maintain your garden and after-care methods for taking care of your garden. Some companies offer maintenance options, but when this is not the case, they can give your good referrals of companies that can assist you. Unless it was outlined in the signed agreement, you are not bound to just one maintenance provider, and you are free to shop around and obtain quotes from other preferred companies if you’re looking to change your maintenance service provider.