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How to Hire a Landscape Contractor

A useful guide to hiring a landscape professional.

8 Tips for Hiring a LandscaperUse this guide to make sure you're prepared when it comes to hiring a landscape contractor. These 8 simple steps are your key to knowing what information you should look for, what questions you should ask, and to understanding some vital do's and don'ts during the process. Your preparedness can make a difference in how smoothly your project goes.

  1. Research & Learn
    Search the web for ideas and inspiration. Gather photos of gardens, patios, pools, fire pits, etc.

  2. Ready to Go!
    Call or email several landscapers in your area. Note response times.

  3. Get Written Estimates
    Consider timeliness and thoroughness of bids.
    Discuss in special aspects of your project.

  4. Compare "Apples to Apples" of the Estimate
    Verify construction procedures.
    Start dates and job duration.
    Verify all inclusions or omissions.

  5. Do Your Due Diligence
    Check references.
    Check the Better Business Bureau.
    Check licensing & insurance.

  6. Sign the Contract
    No verbal agreements!
    Include a payment schedule.

  7. Approve Design or Samples
    This makes sure that you and the landscaper are on the same page.

  8. Pay on Time!
    Per the agreed upon payment schedule.

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