This is the seventh installment of 11 Things You Need to Know Before Hiring a Landscaping Company which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.
Always have your Cape Coral landscaper make a personal visit to your property for a visual inspection. Walk through the yard with them, and point out areas that concern you. This is the perfect time to repeat your needs and wish list. Make sure that you’re both on the same page. This helps your landscaper give you the most accurate bid. If you’re interviewing multiple landscapers and aren’t specific enough during this walk through, you won’t be comparing apples to apples. What else should you expect?
After the visual inspection, your landscaper should give you a detailed description of the work that needs to be done. He should also provide an estimated time frame for the beginning and completion of the work. If the landscaper doesn’t give you the bid immediately after the inspection, ask how soon you can receive a bid.
When you have multiple bids for a job, you may want to consider more than just the bottom line price. If a bid sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The low-ball landscaper could be using inferior materials or uninsured helpers. Be wary! If a bid is ridiculously low, ask why the price is so different. In southwest Florida, unlicensed handymen have been known to steal plants from model homes and turn around and sell them to unsuspecting homeowners. If you have properly vetted your Cape Coral landscapers before they bid, you’ll be able to avoid some of these problems.
When comparing landscaping bids, you should also consider the estimated time frame. Will the job be started and completed in a reasonable amount of time? If a landscaper is in high demand, it may take slightly longer for the work to be completed – but the final product could be much better. You’ll have to weigh the pros and cons of each bid carefully.
When you have picked the winning bid, remember that you should never have to pay the full amount up front. You might be asked for one-third or half of the money up front. If your landscaper asks for the entire amount before starting work, consider it a red flag, and reject their bid.
We will provide you with a fair and honest bid, get a quote online today! Our company R & R Sprinkler and Landscape, a Cape Coral landscaper, offers excellent landscape services which include: landscape installation, landscape water features, landscape lighting, outdoor living spaces and so much more! If you have any questions or if you would like more information contact us online, call 239-772-2607, or follow R & R Sprinkler & Landscape on Twitter.