Everyone’s lawn is a little different as far as what they want to focus on and what they love most. However, what we all share is a passion for a beautiful, healthy lawn that we can enjoy for most of the year. Once you know that you want to hire a landscaping company to handle your yard, you should consider your landscape wants and needs. Are you looking to install a new fountain in the middle of the garden, or are you wanting some stepping stones leading to your back deck? Whatever it is you want, you need to find the top team for the job. Here are some of the top things to consider and ask when choosing your landscaping company.
Are you a full service or a maintenance landscape company?
If you are wanting to implement a retaining wall or any other design and installation work, a full-service landscaping company is a must. While there are many companies that specialize in lawn care, they may not be able to handle the larger and more intensive projects you want for your home. Starting from scratch will be a no-go. Figure out which one you need, then find possible companies to hire. Be prepared to ask them these questions.
Are you fully insured and bonded?
This is the very first question you need to ask someone who will be working in or around your home. Landscapers do a lot of heavy lifting. Trees, fertilizer, building materials—none of these are very light, and it’s possible for your landscaper to get injured on the job. If this happens, and they are not fully insured, then you will be left paying the medical bills and could be subjected to legal action. Save yourself the trouble and look for a landscaper that is fully insured.
How long have you been a landscaper?
While some landscapers are masters of their craft after about a year, you still will want to see some past work to know that this particular company is worth your time and money. Make sure your chosen contractor has the experience, the tools, and the team to handle the project you have your heart set on. You don’t want to choose a company that promises the world but can only deliver a poorly-designed garden.
How long will my project take?
Some companies have quite a few customers and will start a project, leave it, go to another project, and come back later. For some people, that just won’t cut it. Find out what the timeline is for your project, and don’t be scared to ask if they will work on your yard until completion. There’s no need to settle for a company that won’t get the job done in a timely manner that is convenient for you.
Can I see the proposed plans?
Many landscapers will offer a sketch of the intended plans for your home and yard. If they can’t, that shouldn’t be a deal breaker; however, we recommend that you take a look at photos of their past work to see what you like best. You can point out what you love and what you dislike about a certain project to give the landscapers a better idea of what you are aiming for.
What’s your guarantee policy?
Many reputable landscaping companies are willing to offer a guarantee on their work. That means that, if something goes wrong, they are willing to take accountability and repair the damage at no additional cost. If you find a company that doesn’t offer any sort of guarantee, it’s time to run the other direction.
What installation process do you use?
This comes down to several different questions, but don’t be afraid to ask them all. For example, what materials do they use? How many people work on an installation? What equipment will they use? Reputable landscapers will have a best practices method and offer the details to clients who are curious about the process.
Contact Project Landscape Ltd.
If your Calgary landscaping could use a little bit of an improvement, we are here to help. Feel free to ask us any of these questions and see what we can do for your yard. We look forward to speaking with you soon!