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5 tips for choosing the right landscaping contractor

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A beautifully designed lawn can completely transform an ordinary-looking home. Not to mention, quality landscaping can enhance your outdoor living area and increase the value of your home. The benefits of a beautiful landscape are endless, but how do you ensure that you get that beauty? Finding the proper landscaping company for the work is often difficult. In fact, it probably looks a bit scary, with the large selection of landscapers in Avon, Westlake, and the surrounding communities. So how do you choose the best landscaping contractor for your home? Follow these five tips and rest easy knowing that your garden and home are in good hands.

1. Do your homework

Research your local landscaper options and compare them to every other. Be wary of contractors who offer incredibly low prices, because you usually get what you pay for. Look for companies with experience in a variety of services and who can provide strong references from previous clients who had the same needs as you. Be sure to check out websites, social media profiles, and check out sites like Yelp and Angie’s List.

2. Know what you want

Make sure you have a clear idea of what you are looking for and be sure to pass that image on to your potential landscaping contractors to see how they react to your requests. Put all your wants and needs on paper. Compare that list with the services offered and the experiences of each contractor to make sure they match.

3. Keep your options open

There are a variety of contractors. They vary by size, price, service areas, and specialties. Landscaping companies may also be referred to as lawn care companies, garden design companies, and garden maintenance companies. Be sure to include all of these types of companies in your searches.

Regardless of what they call themselves, be sure to consider only trained professionals. Keep these things in mind when determining whether a business is professional:

  • How long the company has been in business
  • The Better Business Bureau rating of the contractor
  • Memberships to professional organizations, like the local Landscape Association
  • Satisfaction guarantees
  • Testimonials from previous clients
  • Pictures of past projects

4. Ask

There is a reason sites like Angie’s list have become so popular because nothing is more reliable than previous customer reviews. Talk to your friends, family, neighbors, and others in your community. If you find a negative review, dig in and get the details of what caused the bad experience.

5. Personality traits

A landscaping contractor may have all the skills in the world, but if he can’t talk to you and understand your needs, you’re in for a long and frustrating adventure.

Some key personality traits to look for in your prospective contractor are:

  • Good communication skills
  • Patience and understanding of your needs.
  • Ready and willing to figure with you and your ideas
  • Creativity

Choosing the right landscaping contractor in Avon, Rocky River, or Westlake is essential to the success of your project. Finding the right contractor, with the skills and experience needed to bring your ideas to life, can make the experience seamless and stress-free. We would love to be the Landscape Contractor of your choice. 

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