The snow is flying and the ground is frozen but now is a good time to start thinking about your spring and summer landscaping projects. If you are hiring a landscape contractor, here are a few of a the important things to consider to make sure you hire the right person for the job.
Hire an Established Company with a Good Industry Reputation.
Verify that they are a member in good standing of Landscape Ontario or an equivalent trade organization. Ask them for a few trade or supplier references. Follow up with the references and ask if the company is good to deal with and pays bills on time.
Get Three Client References
Ask for three references from clients. Call them and go visit their landscape if they allow. Ask them if the contractor was on time and on budget, did they fix any problems in a timely manner and were they professional, courteous and tidy when on site?
Verify Insurance, Safety Requirements and Warranties
Get proof of professional and liability insurance and that they are in good standing with workplace compensation insurance. Confirm that the products and services come with warranty and read the fine print for terms and conditions, verify the length of the warranty and learn about what exceptions may effect or void the warranty.
Know when to hire a Landscape Architect
Landscape Architects should be considered for larger projects that deal with multi levels, structures, hardscaping or work around sensitive areas such as flood plains and conservation land. The right Landscape Architect should be able to save you money and time on a project and some will provide project management services to oversee the project to make sure everything stays on tract and within budget.
Make sure you protect your investment and do your homework!
Visit Landscape Ontario for more information.