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How to Hire the Right Contractor for Your Landscaping Renovation

When you need a professional company to come to your property to design, install and maintain your landscape, it’s important to hire someone who takes the time to get to know your space. A landscaping contractor with a good reputation will also take the time to ask you questions about how you use your space, what types of things you like and what kind of feeling you’d like to space to evoke.

Here is a quick guide to help you decide what landscaping company to go with so you end up with an outdoor space that’s beautiful, functional and one you are very proud and happy to spend time in.

Check for Professional Affiliation
Once you’ve come up with a short list of landscaping companies you are interested in using, ask each one about their professional credentials and affiliations. A good contractor will be a member of a local or state trade association. For example, if you’re looking for a landscape design firm in the state of California, be sure to ask all companies you’re interested in using if they’re a member of the California Landscape Contractor’s Association.

Find Answers Regarding Your Project Details
When you speak to each landscaper you’re interested in, ask how long the work will take. Also find out what condition your property will be left in at the end of each working day. Ask if you will have to pay for any extra costs if anything unexpected comes up. It’s also important to find out if a project manager will visit your property to inspect the work once the project is finished.

Review Portfolios
Landscape contractors with good reputations will have portfolios available to view. A portfolio should include plenty of photos of completed projects as well as before-and-after pictures. If you speak with a contractor that does not have a portfolio, then ask for references you can drive by and check yourself. Avoid using any landscape design firm that has neither a portfolio or references.

Obtain Written Estimates
You should ask for and receive estimates in written format from all landscape firms you are thinking of using. These estimates should be very detailed in nature so you know exactly what is included and what’s not. When you’re provided with a detailed estimate, you won’t have any surprises plus you’ll be able to see where you can trim down your budget if necessary.

Make Sure You Feel Comfortable with the Contractor
The landscape contractor you work with should be very interested in your project. The person representing the firm should ask you a series of questions about your goals and how you plan to use your property. If you speak to someone who is aloof and not all that interested in knowing what it is you want done, pass that company by and choose another. You need to feel comfortable with the contractor you choose so don’t settle for anything less than a firm that’s enthusiastic and very interested in transforming your property into an area more functional and esthetically pleasing.

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