10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Landscaping Company

hardscapeWhile we certainly would love for you to call M.J. Storey Landscape Construction for your outdoor project in Maine, we also encourage you to do your homework when choosing a landscaper.

It’s important to call early (like now!) to get on a landscaper’s schedule before you lose precious summer months to outdoor projects and inconveniences. You want to work with a reputable company that will get the job done right so you don’t have problems down the road.

But how do you know if the person that came to your house and gave you a quote is someone you want to complete your landscaping project?

Here are 10 questions to ask when choosing a landscaping company:

  1. How long have they been in business? Experience can make a big difference in the outcome of your project, especially if it’s a larger one.
  2. Have they completed a project like this before? You might find a company that can do a project for a good price. Make sure they know what they are doing before they start.
  3. Are they insured? This question is a no brainer. It’s surprising how many people forget to ask this simple question. Unfortunately, there are many landscapers out there who are not properly insured.
  4. What is included in the cost? When you get an estimate from a landscaping company, you want to see the breakdown of everything that is included in the projected cost. Some projects can get particularly complicated with materials, time and labor. Do you know what you are going to get when you hire them?
  5. What kind of equipment do they have? Reputable companies have their own equipment that is insured and will make the job easy and efficient.
  6. What will the process be like once you start working with them? After you choose the landscaper, you want to know what happens next. Are you on a schedule? Do you need to make accommodations while they are working on your project? Make sure there aren’t any surprises along the way.
  7. Are they certified? There are several certifications that landscapers can acquire. While not required, those that are certified have the education and knowledge to complete a variety of landscaping jobs.
  8. What kind of products do they use? You want to make sure the products used in your space will last for a long time and won’t hurt the environment.
  9. Can you see comparable projects? Seeing completed projects from the landscaping company will give you a good idea of the work they do. Be leery if they can’t give you a couple of addresses to drive by or show you some photos.
  10. What is the experience of their staff? Landscaping companies often hire inexperienced labor for the summer to fill in holes in their staffing. Are they trained? Do they know what they are doing? You want to feel comfortable with the crew working on your project.

Give us a call at 207-829-4345 or get a free estimate. We promise a detailed estimate and will answer any questions you may have.

10 Replies to “10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Landscaping Company”

  1. great information for my clients. I have found out that a lot of people get frustrated in finding the right landscaper because the choose what their neighbors landscaper . in my experience i have found that this happens because most homeowners don’t take the time to do their homework. and then after going thru bad landscapers that are just starting out.they come running to me . thank you for posting this i will share it with my clients if its ok with you?

  2. I have been planning on having my yard redone for a few months now, but haven’t gotten around to finding the right landscaper. I agree that it is important to find out if they have done a similar project. It might be worth paying a little extra to find a company that has experience with exactly what you are asking for.

  3. I like that you point out that it is important to ask the company if they have done the thing you want them to do. I can see why this would help you know whether or not they can do the job. I also think that this is a good way to know the quality of work they can do. I’ll have to keep this in mind the next time I need to hire someone to help with my yard.

  4. I agree that you want to make sure that you know everything that is included in your estimate. It would be bad to be paying for something that you didn’t actually want because of a miscommunication. My wife and I are thinking about having our yard redone, and finding a landscaper hasn’t been the easiest job.

  5. My wife and I have been thinking a lot about our landscaping, and we were curious about how you would go about choosing someone to take care of it for you. I really like that you say to make sure that they are insured before you choose the company. It would be nice to know that you won’t have to worry about them damaging something and not being able to have it covered.

  6. Thanks for the tips for choosing a landscaper. My wife and I really want to have our yard redone, so we are trying to find a landscape contractor who can handle the job. I like that you mentioned to ask what kind of products the company will use. My wife and I care about the environment, so it matters to us that the people working on our yard will be green and eco-friendly.

  7. Question number two really is an important one to keep in mind when you begin your search for a landscaping contract. After all, it is likely that, if you’re hiring a landscaper, than you’re ready to bring your dream yard to life. You want to make sure that the landscaping contractor has worked on projects similar to your own before to make sure that they have the experience to bring your dream yard into reality.

  8. I’m looking at getting my yard redone, so this article was really helpful. I didn’t realize that landscapers can obtain various certifications to show their experience and expertise in a certain field of landscaping. This would be really helpful for me since it would allow me to pick a landscaper that has copious amounts of knowledge in the field that I require.

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