Ready to make your dream of landscaping your property a reality? First of all, congratulations! We know this is a huge step. With that being said, here are some things to look out for before moving forward.
On a side note, Southern California has a wide selection of landscapers. Some of these companies or individuals might be either very cheap, or very expensive. It’s important to be mindful of who you choose to move forward with your work because the cost is not always relative to what the final result will be. We encourage you to do your research and make sure you choose the company that is right for you.
ls the Tree Company Licensed & Insured?
Cheaper contractors are typically not insured or licensed, making it risky to work with them. You don’t want to take any unnecessary chances when it comes to projects that involve the wellbeing and integrity of your property.
Does the Tree Company have Online Reviews?
See what others have said about their services and business as a whole. If there are no online reviews available, they might not have that much experience.
Does the Tree Company Have a Portfolio?
Make sure that they have worked on a project similar to yours and really study the end results. Their review section will also usually have pictures of their work.
Does the Tree Company offer Landscape Design, Building, and Maintenance?
Some landscape designers will only provide you a blueprint but won’t build the landscape. Others will design and install but not maintain it. It’s normal to hire a different company for the design, installation and maintenance. Make sure to find out what services the company has that you want, so there are no misunderstandings.
What is the Tree Company’s Warranty Policy?
Ensure that the company offers a warranty on the plants, materials, and workmanship. Also, ask for the time frame the warranty covers. The landscaping company that you end up choosing should be completely transparent about their policies and procedures, and never try to hide important information from you. If you get the runaround, move on.
Will the Tree Company Provide a Written Contract?
Ensure that your company can put the pen to the paper. This means that whatever was said or promised should be documented for your records and in case of misunderstandings in the future.
Does the Tree Company Give a Timeline for Project Completion?
The contract should also include the project’s due date. Fees or penalties can be added if the project is not completed on time. Depending on the size of the project, material availability, and weather conditions, the length will vary. Be sure to get a few estimates to get a good idea on how long it should take.
Can the Tree Company Provide a Cost Estimate for Project Completion?
Collect estimates from as many companies as possible, but aim for at least 3 to get a good idea of the cost. Be sure that all labor, materials and other fees are listed in all the estimates to avoid any unforeseen costs.
Does the Tree Company provide a Vision of Your Plans?
It truly helps when a designer can give you a visual of what their work will look like because this ensures that everyone is on the same page. The last thing that you want to happen is a final product that looks completely different than what you imagined.