You are in the Australian market looking for a landscaping expert.
After a few days of visiting local shops and looking up reviews online, you have made a decisions. You feel you have found the ideal expert for your garden.
But before you append your signature on the contract form, below are some of the questions you should never forget to ask:
1. Are you licensed and insured?
This is a question that you should ask any professional you entrust with any work around your home, and a landscaper is no exception.
First and foremost, make sure that the expert can provide you with proof of licensing. Having licenses doesn’t just mean that a landscaper pays taxes, but it also means that he runs a legit business, and only engages in legal dealings.
Then, remember that a landscaper will be operating machinery, cutting trees, and moving machinery around your home. Therefore, if a mishap happens, you might find yourself on the wrong side of the law, and you might have to carry some financial burdens on your shoulders. To prevent this, ensure the expert you choose to work with can provide proof that he has all the insurances required by law.
2. How long have you been in business?
Ensure that the contractor you decide to work with has the skill, manpower, and experience to fulfil your needs. The biggest mistake you can make is to hire a landscaper who offers more than he can deliver.
A long standing company has an office, a business website, and a portfolio that displays all the work it has been engaged in over the years.
As a rule of the thumb, choose a company that has been in the market for at least five years.
3. Can you provide a drawing of your plans?
You need to make sure that the landscaper you want to work with can deliver. Therefore, make sure you ask whether you can get drawings of different plans. If you have the time, ask every bidder you come across whether they can provide you with a sketch of what you need.
There are some landscapers who will give you a rough drawing for free, while there are those who will charge a small fee is you would like to keep the sketch. Also, don’t forget to request for photos of projects the company has undertaken in the past.
4. Will you stay at my project until completion?
The last thing you want is a landscaper who will start your project, stop midway, hop to another project, and return to yours later. Make sure that the one you choose to work with provides you with a timetable that indicates the actual timeline on when the project will be completed.
5. How much will you charge?
Of course, one of the major factors that you should consider before landscaping is the cost. Therefore, make sure you find out the amount of money that the landscaper you choose to work with will charge. Make sure he provides you with a written, free, and no-obligation quote that doesn’t feature any hidden costs.