How to Pick a Lawn Service Company
Selecting a lawn service is particularly tricky as you spend a lot of time outside and want it to look fantastic. You also know that a single wrong move can be damaging not just to your lawn but to your pocket too.
So how do you go about searching for the company that is best for you?
Your Wants and Needs
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First off, determine what exactly you need help with. The lawn care industry is diverse – some companies will do every lawn care-related job there is, while others specialize in specific jobs. If you know what you need, it makes trimming down your list of prospects much easier.
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Permits and Insurances
First thing a lawn service company needs is a business license, which is only there for tax purposes and has nothing to do with expertise. They also need safety Insurance, which guarantees that if anything happens at your home, like an uninsured company’s worker getting hurt, you will be financially liable through your homeowner’s insurance. Professional certification shows that the company takes their business professionally. Liability insurance is the most crucial, without which you should simply look for another prospect.
If you are going to let these people in your yard, you’ll have to know more about them. Does the company implement a thorough screening process accepting workers? Also be sure to ask if they have their own staff for all services or if outsource certain tasks, since as this will change the costs and experience.
The most obvious question you may have to ask is about the company’s experience and training. Ask them – it’s not being rude. It can save you some money, especially when you consider that someone with less than enough experience or training can make expensive errors.
Quotes usually tell you what the fees are for individual, monthly or weekly visits. If you’re given a price, make it a point to read the fine print. If you choose a bigger company, their “introductory prices” probably fall off after a number of months, and you’ll have to pay more as you are locked into a contract. Go for bundled services to help you save money.
Reviews from present or past customers can reveal a lot about a company. There’s plenty of them on the Internet, but you have to be discerning. Some reviews are not authentic. It’s important to stick to third-party review websites for neutrality.
At the end of the day, you just need to be able to trust anyone who sets foot in your yard. The Better Business Bureau has a website where you can determine whether or not a company is one you can trust.