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Why Hiring a Reputable Landscape Contractor Makes All the Difference
Most people would agree, that the hardest part of any home renovation project, whether it be inside or outside, isn’t usually the work itself, but rather finding a reliable and reputable contractor to do the job. We have all heard stories about contractors who start the project and never return, who fall way behind schedule or don’t quote the project properly and end up charging much more than anticipated. Sadly, these stories happen more times than they should, but the good news is, this doesn’t have to be your reality when planning for your landscape project.
Whether you’re looking to renovate your driveway, front entrance or back patio, we’ve come up with some things to look for (or to avoid) when finding the right contractor to execute your project smoothly from start to finish.
The biggest, most important thing to keep in mind is that the cheapest bid is almost never the best bid! While a low price may seem intriguing, it usually indicates that the contractor is cutting corners in some capacity. So, what kind of things does a reliable landscape contractor plan for? We’ve organized the most crucial ones in a list for you:
- Base preparation is critically important to any landscape project’s longevity. A trustworthy landscape contractor will consider this when planning and will quote your project accordingly.
- A reputable contractor will have the design skills someone without experience will not. A landscape project is a significant investment in your property; visualizing it way before the product goes into the ground is critical in ensuring you are happy with the final outcome. A good contractor will be able to design your new outdoor space while considering the look and feel of your home’s exterior, as well as the physical space you have to work with, all while reflecting your personal style. This is something not all contractors can offer.
- A knowledgeable landscape contractor will possess impeccable project management skills. It’s impossible to manage every aspect of your landscape project while working your 9-5 job and raising your family. That’s why, choosing a good contractor will alleviate a lot of this stress. Sure, unexpected things come up on every project, but a skilled contractor will update you only when necessary and otherwise troubleshoot so that the project sticks to timelines and budgets.
- Expect a good contractor to be too busy to start your project, no matter the size and scale, right away. Be sure to plan months ahead, or prepare to wait to get in their schedules.
- Trustworthy contractors will also be able to provide the right licenses, liability insurance, contracts and references without hesitation.
If you’re looking to connect with a trusted landscape contractor like we’ve outlined above, we’d suggest working with a Unilock Authorized Contractor. We’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you, by screening their installation techniques and business practices. To read more about what it takes to be a part of this group of contractors, click here. Or, to tell us more about your project and hear from a Unilock Authorized Contractor right away, click here.