A backyard renovation is exciting but it can also be stressful if you’re not working with the right landscaper. So, if you’re wondering “how to find landscapers near me” that will minimize the stress of a Camp Hill, PA, backyard renovation, here’s everything you need to know.
Focus on Licensed Landscapers
Don’t just compare prices, timelines, and references. Check for licenses and certifications too. A landscaper’s license will give you peace of mind. It demonstrates expertise and accountability. Also look for landscapers that carry current insurance that will protect both parties should something go wrong. Certification further assures you that the landscaper is committed to excellence and customer service.
Seek Out References and a Portfolio of Past Projects
A website gives you a lot of information, but there’s no substitute for seeing work for yourself and talking to a few clients who can answer whether the project was completed on time and to their satisfaction, whether the crew was neat and professional, and whether they did what was promised.
Ask About a Warranty.
Reputable landscapers will stand by their workmanship. If a prospective landscaper won’t offer any type of guarantee, that could be a red flag.
Don’t Base Your Decision Solely on the Lowest Bid
Your backyard renovation is an investment in your home’s value. Don’t be tempted by upfront savings by automatically going with the lowest bidder. Chances are the landscaper with the lowest bid could be unlicensed (licensing fees are expensive, and this is rolled into reputable landscapers’ bids) and underinsured.
Trust Your Instincts
Does the landscaper seem genuinely excited about your project? Is the landscaper offering suggestions and ideas that will save you money and make the project better, or just standing there nodding when you ask questions? Does the landscaper return your calls promptly and enthusiastically? Are you impressed by the crew’s appearance? Does the landscaper make you feel like you’re their only customer?
Get It in Writing
Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, get an estimate in writing including all costs and a clear time commitment. Never settle for an ambiguous estimate that doesn’t spell out in detail who will purchase materials, who will do what work, how much every item will cost, and when each phase of the project will be delivered. An ambiguous estimate could result in some surprise expenses later on.
Let the Landscaper Dictate the Timeline
A professional landscaper will give you a timeline in which the project can be realistically completed. If one of the landscapers you interview gives your complex backyard makeover a “too good to be true” timeline, you may need to question their experience and credibility.
Several bids with relatively comparable timelines will give you a good idea of just how long the project will actually take. If this timeline feels too long, remember that there’s a lot that goes into a backyard renovation, especially a large or complicated project. Site prep, ordering materials, permits, and Mother Nature can cause you anxiety—or, they can be rolled into a realistic timeline. Enjoy the process, take lots of pictures, and know that it will pay off in the end.
At GoldGlo Landscapes, we take great pride in what we do. We create beautiful landscapes, and strive to make the process as stress-free as possible. Give us a call today!