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Factors to Consider When Hiring a Landscape Contractor

Updated: Jan 25

Outdoor shrub and plant installations (softscape) and other hardscape components on residential and business property are often left to landscape professionals. Selecting a landscaping contractor is contingent upon various elements, such as the project's size, budget, and schedule. The landscaper should also possess the appropriate training, authorization, and insurance.

Read on to learn how to work with a landscape contractor.

Outline Your Landscaping Needs

Climate, lot grade, and local bylaws will determine your landscaping requirements. Make a list of the tasks that must be done and decide which areas require improvement. Do you want to start from scratch or improve already existing features?

Having a general sense about how you want to live in your outdoor space before searching for reputable and capable landscape contractors will help you identify a preliminary list of contractors in the Toronto area to work with.

Do Your Homework

Examine and contrast the landscapers that you have available in your area. Generally, you get what you pay for, so be wary of contractors who promise excessively low costs. Look for pool and landscape companies with expertise in the areas you are looking to enhance and can offer solid referrals from real customers with comparable projects.

The Quality of The Materials

There are a lot of factors to consider when selecting the materials and contractor for a landscaping installation. You can reduce the number of contractors you need to interview by using strict selection criteria. You should choose only those contractors who have references and images.

Keep Your Options Open

Take advantage of any opportunities to meet with pool or landscape contractors to feel comfortable with them. Any sizable landscaping or pool project will span over a few weeks to a few months and it’s important that you feel comfortable at the onset.

Make sure you consider highly qualified professionals, and remember that the best of marketing can make any company look good online. Consider the following factors when assessing a company's professionalism:

  • Number of years in business

  • Memberships in professional associations

  • Satisfaction guarantees

  • Verified customer testimonials

  • Images from completed projects

Compare Prices and Services Offered

Start by requesting estimates from the contractors that you’ve identified as possible project partners. Compare the specifics of each proposal you receive after getting landscaping and pool quotes, and think about the contractor's background and general attitude towards your specific project.. Most importantly, carefully review the contract details. It's critical to understand every term and it’s okay to ask for clarification on any unclear or not explicitly addressed.

The Bottom Line

Choosing the best landscape contractor for your outdoor project is essential. Review the contractor's credentials and do reference and background checks. Moreover, before making any payments, have a documented contract.

Strong Base Interlock and Construction are happy to provide a free estimate for your pool and landscaping project. Contact us to start the conversation.

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