Hiring a landscaper can be a strange process, confusing and expensive.
After all, how is a rock is worth $50, a shrub $500, how much should I pay per month to have my property maintained?
According to the American Nursery & Landscape Association, one of every five households have hired professional landscapers within the last five years. Obviously, it's a big business, and consumers need to be wary. Professional landscaping can cost a lot, and hiring the wrong landscaper could cost more than just money.
These tips are the core beliefs of Public Landscaping!
Trust word of mouth. If your friends and neighbors have had good experience with a landscaper, chances are you will, too.
Ask your local nursery, home and garden store for landscaper recommendations. If a landscaper is good, word spreads pretty quickly.
Ask for references and look for experience. Check references and also find out if they show up for appointments - reliability is important.
Look at similarly priced work to compare what you will get for your money.
Watch out for ripped up yards. One cost many landscapers factor in is resodding your lawn after their machinery has ripped up the grass. Make sure to take this into account.
Do not put a lot of money up front. Depending on the size of the job…twenty - fifty percent should be all.
Ask for estimates based on unit pricing. Insist that the estimate be broken out to show per-item costs, and get the estimate in writing.
Make sure they are licensed & bonded.
Ask to see a pesticide license, or other appropriate licenses. Different states require different licenses.
Do you feel comfortable with your landscaper? This is the true test, as landscaping is a subjective service, and you must have a good working relationship with them.
Ask for a satisfaction guarantee, if you are not happy the landscaper should do whatever it takes to make it right. We do!