Choosing the right landscaping contractor is as important as the project. A good contractor is a trustworthy, dependable source of expertise that keeps your project on track while also keeping your goals in mind. Truly knowing if you’ve found the right person for the job is difficult. Here are a few things to remember before you hire a contractor.

DO SOME RESEARCH

What kind of experience does your contractor have and how long have they been doing construction work? Is his or her license up to date? Research the installation company, how long have they been in business?  Make sure that the contractor is fully insured and bonded; you could even research the insurance provider. Ask for references and contact them to make sure they are satisfied customers.

 ASK QUESTIONS

Is the plan for the job clear and what you want it to be? Do you understand the plans and services they are offering, and do those work for you? What type of guarantee is the contractor willing to offer regarding the quality of the service they are providing? Will they offer discounts if they go over their projected timeline? Do they have any kind of visualization software service that allows you to see a before and after of your project?  You always have the right to ask questions of your contractor, whether for photos, samples of materials, or plans for your project. 

 COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE

As in any relationship, whether it’s personal or professional, communication is key. Let your contractor know about your questions and concerns, and expect the same from him or her. This is your project, and you are paying for it. You can expect open communication from the contractor you hired, and if they’re not alright with that, they aren’t right for the job.

When hiring a contractor, it’s good to do your due diligence. Research your contractor and his or her company. Ask questions. Communicate your ideas and concerns. Finding the right person for the job can be difficult; but, if you are committed to your project, it will be worth it in the end.