There is more to landscaping than making your home appealing. Landscapes improve our well-being and quality of life. They purify the air we breathe, and thus preserve nature.
The vast majority of people, particularly homeowners, desire a landscape that’s the envy of the neighborhood. However, not many of them have the creative and technical ability to make these desires a reality.
This is why we turn to professional landscape designers. But if you’re currently looking to hire, it can be difficult to find the best.
Here is a guide on how to choose a landscaping company in Fort Bend County.
Know What You Need
By now, you probably have a visual image of your perfect landscape. Put it down on paper. Whether you want hardscape (patios, paths, pools, pergolas), softscape (flowers, orchards) or a combination of both, describe it in detail.
Knowing what you want will enable you to find a company that specializes in the kind of landscaping you want. This is because small landscaping companies typically focus on specific areas of either residential landscaping. They could focus on just the design, or design building/installation, or just maintenance/lawn care.
So when you already have the design, focus on a company that brings designs to life.
If your project has multiple facets (perhaps you need someone to design the landscape and then actualize it), you might need to hire two companies. Or, you could choose a company that offers both services under one roof.
Ask for Recommendations/Search Online
When you walk around your neighborhood, you’ll likely find homes with appealing landscapes. Don’t shy away from asking those homeowners who did their landscaping. Most will be more than happy to refer you to their landscaping professionals.
Alternatively, or in addition to asking around, do an online search. A simple “residential landscaping companies near me” search on Google or Bing will bring up several results of local companies.
Strive to create a list of up to 5 companies, then proceed to the next step.
Vet the Landscaping Companies on Your List
The old adage “never judge a book by its cover” applies when it comes to finding the best landscaping companies.
When you browse through the average company’s website, you will definitely come across pictures of lush lawns, beautiful pergolas, amazing patios…but view them with a grain of salt. Photoshop is a thing, you know!
Begin by researching the reputation of each company. Go to review sites such as Yelp and Better Business Bureau and dig up the reviews and ratings. What are past clients saying? Stay away from companies with too many negative reviews or bad ratings.
Next, find out how long each company has been in business, and whether they have the appropriate licenses. You should find this information on their website, or you can call in and make an inquiry.
Generally, avoid companies that have consistent bad reviews. Go for a company that has a healthy list of satisfied clients.
Also, consider whether the company is a member of your state’s landscaping association. Membership is a sign of professionalism.
Lastly, the company you choose should fit your budget. Don’t go for the lowest quote, though. Quality services cost a premium. And ensure it offers a service guarantee.
That’s How to Choose a Landscaping Company
It takes an experienced landscaping company to build the landscape you desire. However, knowing how to choose a landscaping company is one thing, and it’s quite another to get it right.