How to Choose a Lawn Care Company
All homeowners want their lawns beautiful and healthy, but this doesn’t always come easy. 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 with any other service that requires a significant amount of money spent, you have to spend time looking for the right one.
Here are tips to help you find a reputable lawn care company:
Check the reputation of the service.
Make it a point to do your research. There are so many lawn care services nowadays, and definitely, they’re not all created equal. A quick search on Google will reveal how these companies differ. How are their reviews from previous customers? Any local accolades or news mentions? You can ask your neighbors which company maintains their lawn.
See if they have a valid license.
Choose a company with a license. 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 should include workers’ compensation and general liability insurance. You don’t want to be responsible if an accident occurs leading to an injury or property damage.
See what professional affiliations they have.
Pick a company that is a member of a national or local industry association. Membership may not promise anything, but it does demonstrate their high level of commitment to the lawn care industry.
Read reviews about their customer service.
Choose a lawn care service that you can easily communicate with. They should be able to address any concerns or questions you may have in between visits.
Pick a company that has invested in modern equipment.
A good lawn care service invests in good equipment and takes care of it. Don’t be afraid to ask how often they change the blades of their mower. 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.
Don’t proceed without a written contract.
A contract is a must when hiring any type of service provider. In this document, it must be clearly stated whether the agreement will be renewed yearly, biyearly or monthly. Certainly, it should include very single service provided and a breakdown of the costs. Also, it should have a money back guarantee if you are unsatisfied with their performance.
Understand their pricing.
Ask for an estimate before having any work done. 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 about their payment plans, whether you can pay a yearly fee upfront to save costs, and if there will be a charge for service calls.