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Choosing the Right Landscaping Contractor for the Job

by Frank Lynch

Imagine walking on a green, lush and carpet like grass; or the vibrant colors of flowers igniting your senses, and breathing in the sweet-scented fragrance they are emitting from your backyard or front lawn.  Wouldn't this be what you would want to come to everyday after work? Yes, having a beautiful landscape can be appealing, but it can also increase the overall value of your property. However, to achieve the landscape of your dreams, you will need to hire the right landscaping contractor for the job. So, how do you go about doing this? Read on for answers:

First things first!

The saying, "preparation is the key to success," applies in landscaping, whereby you need to identify exactly what kind of landscape you want. This can be done by doing online research and reading home improvement magazines. Cut out or print the ideas that suit your interests and bring them along with you when meeting potential contractors. This will act as a guide for the contractor, and he/she can therefore, give you a more accurate project quotation (including supplies).

The selection Process

Once you have a clear idea of what you want your landscape to look like, you can now begin looking and selecting a landscaping contractor, based on:

  • Qualifications

There is a general misconception among homeowners that all landscaping contractors are equal. They are not. While some contractors are seasoned, others have "makeshift" companies. Most times contractors from the latter group of companies, are unlicensed, inexperienced, uninsured, and they may not be able to honor your landscape agreement. Hence, the need to get the services of a reputable and seasoned contractor, who are licensed, insured and are able to keep their promises.

  • Portfolio

One of the best ways you can distinguish a good contractor from one that is not, is by looking at their portfolio. Most landscaping contractors will have pictures of their before and after works; look at these pictures and see whether they please you.  You should also analyze their level of customer satisfaction, by looking at reviews either online (via company's website) or by talking to a few of their customers.

Selecting a good landscaping contractor comes down to whether you can trust the contractor to get the job done. If you can communicate well with your contractor, and if you are satisfied with their qualifications and portfolio, then you can trust them to do a good job on your landscaping project. 


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Choosing the Right Material For a Construction Project

If you are planning to start a new construction project, you may be wondering about the best type of materials to use. About 6 months ago, I decided to carry out an extensive renovation of my home. This would involve demolishing one wall, extending the kitchen and the construction of a new patio area. I really wasn't sure which materials would be best. I consulted with a contractor and he explained the pros and cons of each material. In the end, I opted for wood and steel. I am really pleased with the end results. I hope this blog helps you to plan your construction project.