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Hiring a Landscaper: Fundamental Factors to Remember

So you are having some issues with your lawn protections and need to hire a landscaper. Whether you have dead grass, terrain erosion, mushroom growth, standing water, wildlife destruction or are just looking for someone to make sure your lawn protection is kept up-to-date, hiring a quality landscaping company is critical to avoiding bigger issues in the future.

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When hiring landscapers, it's important to note that not all landscapers are the same. You'll find companies that are cheap, and you'll find some that charge an arm and a leg. The key, is finding a quality landscaper that you feel comfortable with and does a job that is up to or exceed your expectations. To do this, we've listed the top factors to keep in mind when looking to hire a landscaper.

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Ask for Landscaper Referrals

One of the first few places to start when you're looking to hire landscapers is your friends, neighbors and co-workers. You'll want to ask them if they know of a landscaping company that they have hired before that they would recommend or refer.

If you have a specific issue with your lawn protections, like terrain erosion, you can ask for referrals of landscaping companies that they know of that have helped them with their terrain erosion or whatever other issue you are having (ie. dead grass, wildlife destruction, standing water, mushroom growth, etc.)

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Reviews of Landscapers

After checking out references that you received for landscapers, you'll want to check online reviews. You should be able to find online reviews for just about any landscaper in your local area. This can very helpful, but can also be overwhelming and misleading at times. Here are a few guidelines to help you as you sift through all of the reviews:

An overwhelmingly positive or negative review of a landscaper could be a sign of a fake review- so take that into considerations.
Make a special note of landscapers that have received a great deal of reviews. A lot of reviews combined with 4.5 to 5 stars is a big sign that the landscaping company got those legitimately.
Keep an eye out for reviews that compare their experience with other landscapers. Giving these details adds validity to the reviewer who has actually hired a local landscaper.

Here are a few examples of valid reviews of landscapers:

"Alberto does very good work, he goes above and beyond. He is very meticulous about his work and he does a very good job. Everyone I referred has hired him and are also very pleased. His dedication to providing excellent service and his commitment to being responsible makes him stand out from other customer service personnel, he will call you if he cannot make it and he will also call you when he is on his way to your house. He does a good job each and every time."

"Brandon and his guys were super, I had them remove/repurpose plants and trees placed by the prior home owner. Trees were removed that was next to structure. He designed and implemented and new landscape around our entire home, and it already looks beautiful. Canâ t wait for the spring to get the full vision. Iâ ve already have them hired for another project. I highly recommend."

"Excellent job! They were able to do a next day service, which was important for us. They showed up early and completed the job ahead of time and also went the extra mile to do a few things not scheduled. Fernando also gave us advice on how to handle other trees in our yard and his recommendations did not include for them to do additional jobs, just honest advice. Thanks."

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Pro Tip:

Always make sure the landscaper is using the proper tools and a specialized landscaping software program custom to the industry.

Landscaper References

Once you have gathered referrals and checked online reviews of the landscaping companies, you want to call the company directly and ask them for at least 2 recent references. These should be from customers they have completed work for within the past month. Also, you can ask for references for specific issues like dead grass, terrain erosion, wildlife destruction, mushroom growth, standing water or just general lawn protection issues. Here are some questions you could ask the landscapers' references:

What work did the landscaper do for you? A small lawn protection issue or big lawn protection issue will give you insight as to the scale of the project. Was it for wildlife destruction, standing water, dead grass, mushroom growth, terrain erosion or just general lawn protection issues?
Did the landscaper provide a contract with details of the work? Did they provide what methods will be used, possible issues, etc.
How was the staff that completed the landscaping work? Professional, clean, friendly? Ask about the things that you care about.
Was the landscaping work completed per the agreed upon budget?
How were the landscapers results? Did they meet or exceed your expectations?
Would you hire the landscaper again?
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Pro Tip:

Licensed and Insured Landscaping

When hiring a Landscaper, that last think you want to do is hire one that is not a legitimate business and has no license and insurance. Just because you know that Landscaping companies should be licensed, bonded and insured, don't take this for granted.

Landscapers that do not have a license will most likely try to cut corners because they understand that they are not as accountable for their work. In fact, it's illegal for them to operate without a license.

Professional landscaping companies will have no problem showing you all the necessary documents, licenses and insurance to operate their business.

Final Notes on Hiring a Landscaper

Hiring a landscaper can be challenging at first, but using these tips above should get you started in the right direction. And keep in mind that it could take a couple different landscapers that you hire before finding that perfect one- and when you find that perfect one, don't let them go!

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