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How to Hire the Best Landscape Contractor for Your Project

Posted by admin on May 31, 2017
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You’ve approved your lplan for your l,

There are different ways to hire a l

LHow to Find a L

As mentioned, there are two main ways to find a contractor: work with the l

You have the option to pay the lThat’s a technical term in the l

Once you sign an agreement with the contractor, the l

This method sets up a relationship like a triangle, in which you, as the client, have a contract agreement with the l

The second option is to hire a contractor on your own. This eliminates the triangle relationship

A related option is to work with a l

Regardless of which route you choose, it’s good to know what to expect from the contractor so that you feel confident signing a contract agreement.

LHow to Hire a Contractor on Your Own

If you are hiring the contractor on your own, you need to know where to look

Where to look. There are several ways to find your contractor. Doing a broad Internet search might not yield the best results, so it’s better to focus your search

○ Search Houzz for l

○ Ask your friends

○ Check with your local chamber of commerce.

○ Ask your local nursery or garden store for a referral.

LReview credentials. You want to hire a contractor who is knowledgeable, easy to work with

Licenses. L

Insurance. A l

Client references. Call a few former clients

Photos showing quality of work. L

Experience with similarly sized work. Contractors work on a large array of project types, but most focus their work in terms of scale. This is important because their crew will bring a level of expertise that’s appropriate for the workflow

 

LAsk about sustainable practices. The contractor will be disrupting the site

You can gauge how well versed a contractor is in sustainable practices by asking some questions:

What organic If the contractor hesitates to answer, try asking more specific questions, like the ones below.

Where will the materials be sourced from? It is best to use local stone

Do you recycle plant containers or return them to the nursery? Most wholesale nurseries take back plastic plant containers

Do you use a mulch that’s free of chemicals Chemicals

Do you use power tools or hA lot can be accomplished with h

LKnow who will supervise your project. It’s helpful to know who the key players are in building your project, so that you’ll know who you will be speaking with as the work progresses. Larger companies, with several crews

The site supervisor is the person responsible for leading the work crews each day. The supervisor is the person in charge, whom you will be communicating with onsite during the building process. If you have hired a l

LReview the subcontractors. As a generalist, the l

The contractor hires subcontractors directly mosaics or ornate custom fabrications.

LHow much it will cost. There are two ways to get a cost from a contractor: an estimate or a bid. The differences between the two are explained in detail here.

When hiring a l

Pictured here is a section of an estimate for a small swale garden installation from a l

LMaking a Decision

It’s ultimately your choice as the client to pick the company you prefer. This means that you can override the l

Base your decision on the best combination of qualifications, experience

Once you’ve made your selection, you will need to sign a contract that outlines the scope of work, warranty on plants

By Falon Mihalic, Houzz

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