Landscaping, like any other art form requires attention to detail and investment in materials, labor, and time.
If you have a landscaping project, you should get a contractor who is experienced, affordable, and easy to work with.
Unfortunately, you cannot tell if they qualify for these requirements unless you work with them. However, you can take them through a vetting process to figure out if they have desirable qualities.
- Your contractor must have experience
If you can get references from people who have had landscaping projects before, then you are more likely to get a good or reliable contractor. Ask for references from friends and relatives who have landscapes that please you.
Ask them about the capacity, dependability, responsibility and their ability so that you can tell if they will be good for you.
- Check for professional documents
Once you get their number, counter-check with your contractor to see if they have the required professional documents. Look for certification, licensing, permits, and other documents.
This is to reduce any delay in the course of your project because your contractor lacks legal documents. You can also determine if your contractor is part of professional memberships such as unions, a larger company, or landscape associations.
This would be an added advantage because you can always get a replacement if you are unhappy with your first choice.
- Full budget and costing breakdown is a must
Understand the budget process of your potential contractor before giving him the contract. The cost is usually based on the items you want to have in your project.
Ask about the total costing of everything. Clarify any cost that you will incur aside from the project. Ask for any hidden or extra fees and evaluate any expenditure that is necessary so that you can have a picture of what is required of you.
- Check their availability calendar
Your contractor must tell you the exact dates they are available. For the most part, good contractors tend to have a tight calendar. Get one who will be available for you throughout the project.
- Get a contractor with valid insurance
Your contractor should have insurance for your project, workers’ protection, and up to date insurance copies of the cover. This saves you from incurring any losses caused by his company.
- Safety comes first
Ask about the safety programs that your contractor has in place. Landscaping may involve heavy lifting, large water masses, chemicals, fire, and electrical equipment. Make sure that your contractor has taken the necessary measures to create a safe working environment.
- Must have able personnel and equipment
Determine if your contractor has well-equipped staff members with enough experience. Find out if the contractor has sufficient equipment and materials for the job. This helps you determine if they can finish the work in good time.
- Establish a clear chain of communication
Make sure that the contractor you decide to hire is easily accessible. Determine a communication line that you can use whenever you need to clarify something, there are emergencies regarding the project, and for consistency. You can use personal phones, office phones, online communication, two-way radio, or whatever makes you comfortable.