How to Choose a Lawn Care Company
All homeowners want their lawns pretty and healthy, but this isn’t always easy to achieve. They usually have neither the experience nor the time to do the job themselves. If that’s true for you, then hiring a professional lawn care service may be your best alternative. And like any other service that requires a substantial amount of money, you have to take your time looking for the right one.
Below are tips That can help you in your search for a reputable lawn care provider:
Know the company’s reputation.
Research is always important. You’ll find numerous lawn care services these days, and surely, they’re not the same. A quick search on Google will reveal how these companies differ. Did they get more good or bad reviews from former customers? Are there any mentions of the company in local news? Ask your neighbors about the lawn care company they use.
Make sure they are licensed.
Always go with a licensed company. Hiring an unlicensed one is cheaper, but keep in mind what a license stands for: competence and professionalism.
Ask them if they’re insured
Insurance is a must when hiring a lawn care company. This includes both workers’ compensation and general liability coverage. You don’t want to be responsible if an accident occurs leading to an injury or property damage.
Ask them about their industry affiliations.
Pick a company that is a member of a national or local industry association. Membership makes no guarantees, but it does demonstrate their dedication to the business and to the industry in general.
Read reviews, especially on their customer service.
Go with a lawn care provider that is easy to get in touch with. You want them to be available when you have questions or concerns in between visits.
Choose a service that uses modern equipment.
A good lawn care service invests in good equipment and takes care of it. Ask them how often their mower blades are changed out. A good interval for changing out blades is every ten mowing hours; if the blades aren’t often changed, they must at least be sharpened as frequently.
Make it a point to have a written contract before proceeding.
When hiring any type of service provider, always have a contract. This document must state whether the agreement will be renewed yearly, biyearly or monthly. Of course, it should include all the services and the costs. As well, it should have a money back guarantee if you are not happy with their service.
Be clear about pricing.
Be sure to ask for an estimate before allowing them to begin the work. This helps you avoid surprise or unnecessary costs. If a company quotes you a yearly rate without having seen your lawn, be wary. Finally, ask them what payments plans are available, if you can pay a yearly free upfront in order to save costs, and if you have to pay for service calls.