5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Professional Landscaper

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It’s springtime and we all want our landscapes and gardens to look good whether it’s for our home, best cialis diagnosis business or homeowners association community.  But, there are so many landscapers to choose from.  How do you find the best one for you and your needs?

Here are five questions to ask to help figure out who’s best suited to work with you and your landscaping.

  1.  Do they customize a landscape program to fit your needs?  It’s important for your landscape maintenance provider to have a plan for your property.  They should know what to do each month to help you have healthy plants and to make sure your irrigation system is working well and not costing you more money than necessary on your water bills.  They should be proactive in offering services that can help enhance your landscaping.
  2. Do they have a quality assurance program and if so what does it involve?  How do they ensure that tasks don’t get forgotten and that everything necessary is being taken care of?  They should have a supervisor that checks on the crew to make sure nothing has been missed.  And, there should be someone who can meet with you regularly to go over the work being done.
  3. How do they handle after hours and weekend emergencies?  This doesn’t seem like a big deal until something happens and you can’t get a hold of your landscape contractor or you’re dealing with a major problem.  If you have a large irrigation leak are they going to send someone out right away to turn the irrigation water off?  If you have a tree branch down blocking a driveway or other area are they going to come and remove it before the next visit?  If so, what is it going to cost you?  Find out before hand.
  4. Does everyone in the company have a professional image?  Does the crew leader speak English?  Are all crew members easily identifiable by their uniforms?  Does the crew come prepared to work with all the tools needed to do the job?  These are simple yet important questions to ask.  When you need to communicate with the crew, you want to know that they understand what you’re asking them and can answer you.
  5. Is the company licensed, bonded and insured and belong to any professional organizations?  it’s important that the landscape company you work with has all needed insurance and worker’s compensation so that you don’t become liable for an accident or injury on your property.  And, companies that belong to professional organizations such as the Arizona Landscape Contractor’s Association or PLANET (Professional Landscape Network) generally have more professional and better trained employees.
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Ask these few questions and you’ll save yourself problems once you hire a landscape company.  It’s better to hire the right company to begin with rather than finding out later that you have the wrong landscape company working for you.

Deborah Munoz-Chacon, Owner

Sonoran Oasis Landscaping

Tucson Landscaper

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15 Comments

  1. Thank you, this is a great list. My husband takes care of the outside…so he hires the help. I will send this to him!

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    • It’s just a few questions but helpful to know.

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  2. Definitely some great things to think about! I will keep this in mind when the time comes! Thank you so much for providing this information! :-)

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    • You’re welcome!

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  3. Great advice – we may be looking for a landscaper this year, so I will keep these tips in mind!

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  4. Really good advice, it’s best to check all these things first!

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  5. This is a great list – such important set of questions as getting the right landscaper is vital

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  6. These are all important facts…especially number 5.

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  7. This is really great information. Thank you for putting this together.

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  8. This is such a great post that I can share with my clients when they purchase a home!

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  9. Landscapers are a dime a dozen here in my neck of the woods and finding and keeping the right one is really a challenge. I have been fortunate to have worked with the same company now for the last 4 years, and they have been great. these are great tips to keep in mind when hiring one

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    • Other than asking question, your experience with a company tells you a lot. If they’ve been good for four years, you have one that’s a good one for you.

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  10. This is a great list! Especially the after hours emergencies- SO important to ask that ahead of time.

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  11. Those are great points. I have never used any landscapers
    I you would highly recommend your company for all you do

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  12. Great tips for a landscaper. Sometimes the hours in the day escape so quickly and we can always use extra help. It sounds like a great idea!

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