Dreaming up a landscaping project is often much easier than getting one off the ground – especially when you need to hire a landscaper to do the heavy lifting for you. Figuring out how to choose a qualified landscaper can often be the most nerve-wracking part of the entire project. In this post, we’ll list some tips on choosing a landscaper that you’ll be happy with.
Get Multiple Quotes
It’s important to do some comparing and contrasting before settling on the landscaper of your choice. This will give you a better idea of the range of cost you’re looking at as well as expose you to different personalities and ways of getting the job done. Try to get quotes from at least three or four different landscapers. It may feel like a somewhat laborious and uncomfortable process, but what you’re trying to do is prevent even more uncomfortable situations in the future.
Ask About Licensing, Insurance And Building Permits
Again, this may feel awkward to bring up, but by doing so you could be preventing a world of woe later on. If your local laws require landscapers to be licensed, follow through with due diligence and demand verification. Same with insurance. Anyone can say they’re licensed and insured, but the onus is on you to verify what you’ve been told. When it comes to building permits, a landscaper who is knowledgeable about those associated with your project is demonstrating their experience and know-how. Having an understanding of the building permit process doesn’t need to be a make-or-break factor, but it can give you insight into the landscaper’s background.
Ask About The Use Of Subcontractors
Depending on the scope of your landscaping project, it may or may not be necessary to bring in subcontractors for certain functions. That said, it’s important to understand that the addition of subcontractors can increase the potential for delays and/or miscommunication. This doesn’t mean you should avoid subcontractors at all costs. If your project includes a paved driveway, raised deck and a swimming pool, you probably don’t want a single team taking on all those tasks. However, it’s important to have a good understanding of exactly who will be doing what.