As many as 83% of Americans believe having a yard is essential, and 90% think it’s necessary to keep their yard well-maintained. So, it’s no wonder why so many of us are itching to hire a landscape construction company to improve our yards and up the value of our homes.
However, landscaping isn’t without its risks. You could face accidental property damage, or the quality of work might not be up to scratch, and you’ll be down a fair sum of money!
To avoid any unpleasant surprises, here are five things you should ask your landscape construction company before hiring them.
1. Does Your Company Have Workman’s Compensation and Liability Insurance?
Workman’s compensation protects you in case there is an accident on your property where a worker gets injured. Without this cover, you might be held liable, and your home and assets could be at risk.
The company should also carry an insurance policy with a minimum liability aggregate limit of $1,000,000. This protects your property in case it gets damaged during the work.
Never assume that a contractor has these coverages without seeing proof. If they cannot produce the papers, it might be too high a risk to work with them.
2. Does Your Landscaping Construction Company Hold a Valid State License or Certification?
Licensed contractors are held to the high standards of the state’s licensing board, and are therefore much more likely to produce high-quality work. It also means you have more options should you have a complaint against the contractor.
While hiring a contractor with a license or certificate often comes at an extra cost, you’re protected against common pitfalls that could cost you dearly.
3. Ask for References
Ask your landscaping company what similar projects they have worked on before. If possible, check if you can visit the site of the project to see if it’s up to your standards. Hilly yards and slopes, for example, require a careful approach.
You may also want to get in touch with previous clients. Ask the company if they have a reference list, as well as a list of professionals they have worked with.
If a company doesn’t have experience in the type of work you require, you might be able to find a better fit elsewhere.
4. Do You Offer a Warranty for Your Materials and Workmanship?
Many contractors offer warranties for materials and workmanship. Check how long this warranty is and what is covered. The contractor should also provide you with detailed care instructions for the regular maintenance of your hardscape.
5. Ask for a Timetable
There’s a good chance your contractors will have other clients. Before you start work with any company, get a clear timetable for the project, and ensure that they can see it through to completion.
This ensures you’re not left with a half dug-up yard or incomplete work.
Are You Ready to Upgrade Your Yard?
Once you’ve asked the right questions, finding the right landscape construction company for your landscaping project should be a breeze.
Get in touch with the Heartland Landscape Group to discuss your next yard project, or visit our blog for more articles. We look forward to hearing from you soon!