Landscaping is always a great investment whether you choose to do so for personal enjoyment or to boost your home’s property value. Like all investments, you want to make sure that you choose your landscaping company wisely. Don’t just go with the lowest bidder, but with the company that will ultimately save you time, money, and that will deliver the best quality. So, where do you start? Start by knowing what questions to ask. Here are 6 questions to ask before hiring a professional landscaper.
1. Are you Licensed or is there a specialist on staff?
For peace of mind, you will want to make sure that this landscaping company has reviews online, a website with a portfolio, as well as licensed specialists in their field. Ideally, you want the company to have licensed landscape architects, horticulturalists, pesticide applicators, and irrigation specialists in-house.
2. What other landscaping-related services do you offer?
While we’re at it…is a common phrase because truth be told, it is a lot easier, and oftentimes, cheaper to install irrigation or patios, etc. for your new landscape at the same time. Getting everything taken care of on the same project can save you a lot of time and money. Additionally, certain plants and services may be guaranteed as a result of having all the work done with the same company. When all is said and done, if the company provides lawn maintenance services, then this can preserve the investment of your new landscape.
3. What is included in your proposal?
When comparing the prices of multiple landscape bids, check with each company to make sure that you know everything that you are comparing. Is debris disposal included? What size is each plant on the proposal? Is this an estimate or a fixed contract price? These questions will be very important in deciding upon a good landscaping company.
4. Will the people working on my property be employees or subcontractors?
This will depend on what work you are having done. However, employees will be covered by the company’s insurance and subcontractors without insurance could put you at risk. However, some companies simply don’t do fencing, stonework, pool work, etc. in-house so they will need to hire a subcontractor to ensure that the job is professionally done. This is very common, however, pay attention as to whether they are covered for insurance and whether or not the company is upfront with this to you or not.
5. Can you show me pictures of other projects?
Asking for a portfolio is important so that you can see what kind of work this company has done. Additionally, it could also give you some great ideas for your own landscape. See more TPG landscape projects here.
6. Do you guarantee any work?
Sometimes, landscape companies will guarantee plants or certain work for a time period after completing the landscape project. Often, plants are only guaranteed if you have an irrigation system installed. This is an important question to ask before hiring a professional landscaper so that you are informed and know how to take care of your landscape after it is installed.
We hope these questions help you make an informed decision when picking a good landscaper. At TPG – The Plant Gallery, we have over 30 years of experience helping home and business owners design a landscape that’s both beautiful and functional. Our team of licensed landscape architects, irrigation and lighting experts, horticulturalists, and technical professionals will create a stunning result for your property that you will enjoy for years to come. Start designing your dream garden by booking your free consultation or calling us at 504.488.8887 today!