Where do you begin? It can be difficult to find a trustworthy company that will finish your project on-time, on-budget and provide beautiful results that are also high quality. At Finishing Touch Landscaping, we’ve put together a list that will help you choose between various landscaping businesses to find the best fit for your project.
Step 1 – Ask Around
Getting recommendations from friends, family or business acquaintances can save you time and point you in the right direction – though they should be taken with a grain of salt. While a company may be great for one project, they might not be the best fit for another.
Step 2 – Research Online
Browse the Internet for landscaping companies in your area. Visit their website to view testimonials, picture galleries, and learn more about the company. The landscaping business should have a permanent address and local phone number. Once you have found several businesses that you like, check the better business bureau for complaints and look online for reviews. Make sure the landscaping company and its workers are insured. This is essential, because it will protect you just in case someone is injured on your property.
Step 3 – Get Price Quotes
Select your favorite landscaping companies and contact them to get a price quote. Many will provide quotes over the phone. Others prefer to visit your property in-person, to provide you with a more accurate estimate. It can be helpful to give the company a written description of your project so that they have specific details about the size, scope and style elements involved.
Step 4 – Check References
Once you have narrowed down the landscaping businesses to your top few choices, ask for references. Getting the phone numbers of other customers in the area can be a tremendous help. In fact, many landscaping projects can be seen from the street. If possible, go for a drive and see the company’s work firsthand.
Step 5 – Get Written Estimates
If you are still interested in the landscaping company after speaking to previous customers and viewing their work, ask for a written estimate. This will map out the project in-detail and provide you with a more accurate price. It is important to get the estimate in writing. It should include the total cost, a billing schedule, an estimated start/end date, as well as a list of materials, plants, flowers and anything else that that will be used throughout the project.
Step 6 – Make a Selection
When choosing a landscaping company there are several considerations that come into play. We encourage you to look beyond the price quote and also place an emphasis on quality and your gut feeling about the landscaping company before signing a contract. Landscaping if done incorrectly, can be costly to repair. In the end, you want to pick someone within your budget that you are also comfortable working with.
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