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Choosing a Landscape Contractor Installing or improving landscaping is a significant financial investment. There is huge potential to raise the value of your home and to have a more enjoyable outdoor environment for the whole family to spend quality time in, so it’s essential that you choose the professional for the job. But what must you consider before deciding to hire someone? Find at least three or four contractors you can approach for an initial consultation, where you will discuss your needs and the landscaper’s services. Let them bring a portfolio of images of their previous landscape projects, and bring a list of questions on the following topics: Experience in Business
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Contractors who have been around for decades do have experience and reputation to be proud of, but new contractors may have fresh ideas and probably cost cheaper, considering they have only started out.
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Project-specific Experience Consider the contractor’s experience level in terms of the type of project you want to do. This has equal importance as their overall experience in the business. The more unique your project is, the more you must look into their credentials for handling that kind of work. Style or Approach This is where you can actually get a sense of the professional you’re dealing with and their abilities relative to work you want them to do. Ask your prospect questions about your project; if they provide answers in full detail and with passion, then most probably, you have found a match. Subcontracting Ask if they would be using subcontractors for any portion of the job and how this will impact the final timeline and costs. Using too many subcontractors may indicate a lack of knowledge or experience in contrast to their claims. Securing a Permit Landscape contractors should know which project types require a permit and which ones don’t. Usually, pools, gazebos, sheds and similar jobs will require a permit. If a landscaper is familiar with this topic, that is a good sign that they are experienced. Estimates and Contracts An estimate should include the whole scope of work that is involved, complete with details, from the initial clearing to debris removal. Also, it should indicate a payment schedule and project timeline, and a provision saying that the contractor will be obtaining all necessary permits, except when other agreements previously made have been reached. Guarantees A warranty on installation and craftsmanship should accompany projects that involve setting up irrigation systems or building structures like patios and decks. Plants are less likely to be provided with warranty as they are affected by factors beyond the contractor’s control, such as weather, disease and pest infestations. Just ensure that your contractor clearly defines the limitations of coverage. Post Project Maintenance It’s ideal to have the same company perform the installation and the maintenance of the landscaping because then, they will be aware of all the important details from the beginning. However, if a contractor doesn’t offer maintenance service, it doesn’t mean they’re not right for the job – you just have to know upfront.