No matter what your landscape needs, it might feel overwhelming to choose the best landscaping company. After all, how do you even know what to look for? Whether you’re looking to have an outdoor living area designed and built or you have some landscaping maintenance tasks you need to be completed, you want to make sure that the job is done right—and that all starts with choosing the best company for the work.
While that task might feel daunting, we’ve got some tips on how to get started.
Do Your Research
If you’re considering hiring a professional, we challenge you to dig deep and explore your options by performing some research. Chances are that you’ll find that there can be a lot of differences amongst companies, even right here in our area.
One of the best places to start is on a company’s website. Take a look at everything that they have to offer from a services standpoint to ensure that they even perform the tasks that you’re seeking. A company like Exscape Designs has a design-build division as well as a maintenance division; however, not all companies are set up this way—and some just do one or the other.
As you spend time on their website, look for pictures of past work, read about the team, and try to find out more about what the company believes in. A company’s website is a really good way to get a sense of what they’re all about. It’s a sneak peek into what you’ll get when you hire them.
Look at Reviews & Testimonials
Another great tool in comparing landscaping companies is to read through third-party reviews on a site like Google Reviews. This will give you a good sense of what past clients have to say about the company and their work. You might also check out the company’s social media sites, such as Facebook, which will give you even more insight into how this company interacts with their clients (and potential clients).
Similarly, you can also look for any client testimonials that they might share on their website. It’s always valuable to hear what others have to say before making an educated decision on the company that is best for you.
Make a Shortlist
Although it definitely takes time to do this research, it can be very powerful in terms of narrowing down your choices to a select few companies that you think might be the right fit. From there, you’ll likely want to get quotes from the companies that have made your shortlist.
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that you should not shop on price alone, as many people are often tempted to do. In fact, it’s not uncommon for some homeowners to skip the research process altogether and just call up companies and choose the cheapest one. But there’s a reason why some companies charge more than others. A higher price could be indicative of more experience, better products, and overall better service—and that is likely going to be worth it for you. After all, like most things in life, you get what you pay for.
For instance, some landscape companies can afford to charge less because they employ a bare-bones staff. Maybe they don’t have anyone working in the office or they only have minimal laborers. That might seem fine to you upfront, but what about when your project is underway and you can never reach anybody? Or what if they can never seem to get to your property because they’re so understaffed?
Even worse than that, some companies charge less because they skimp on products. They’re using cheap landscape materials that aren’t going to get you the best results. Or, perhaps, they’re skimping on training and experience. They’ll hire anybody who will do the work for them, even if they don’t know what they’re doing. There are right and wrong ways to perform landscape maintenance tasks and certainly right and wrong ways to design and build a project.
Making a Wise Choice
In the end, you just want to be able to feel confident that you’ve made a wise choice when you do finally choose the company that is right for you and your project. You don’t want to have to worry later that something went wrong because you made a hasty decision.
Fortunately, by taking the time to perform some of this research and to avoid shopping on price, you can gain the confidence that your project is in good hands and that you’re going to be happy with the results.