Spring has sprung here in northern Nevada, and many people are making big plans for their outdoor spaces. But before you call the first landscape company that shows up online, there’s an important question you need to know the answer to first. Once you have that figured out, here are five things to ask before you hire a Nevada landscape company.
Ask Yourself – What Kind of Work Do I Want Performed?
Before you can find the right Reno landscaper for your project, you need to very clear about what you want and what you need. Do you want the garden freshened up with a good spring cleaning, or someone to maintain the lawn and plants? Or are you making plans for a landscape construction project, like a new patio cover, pond, rock wall or other hardscape feature?
There are plenty of landscaping companies here in Reno and across northern Nevada. But not all of them have the resources to design and execute a landscape construction project from start to finish. If your plans involve exterior landscape construction, you’ll save time and headache by going directly to the companies that can perform the kind of work. And once you’ve found them, here are the five questions to ask.
1. How long has the company been in business?
When a landscape construction company has been around for years, that alone says a lot. Not only does the company have the benefit of all those years of experience, it means they have the manpower and skills to stay successful. A company that’s been around for a while has a track record in town, so be sure to ask for referrals and examples of previous work. A long-running landscaping company will also likely have a functional website and an actual office, both features of professionalism and credibility.
2. Is the company bonded and insured?
Anyone who performs work in and around your home should be bonded and insured – don’t settle for less. This is what offers protection to the company’s employees and to you. Landscaping employees may be operating machinery on your property, so ask for specific licenses at the beginning and make sure that anyone you consider has the right licenses for the kind of work you’re planning.
3. Do you have specialists on staff?
If your project involves anything beyond installing plants, ask about specialists. From masonry for any exterior stone work to paver and patio cover installation, you want professionals performing the work.
4. Will you be involved in the project until it’s finished?
Landscape construction companies usually have multiple projects going at the same time, so ask for a timeline. It’s can be frustrating to have a project seem half-finished if you aren’t clued in to the schedule, so ask about other projects and how those might affect your job.
5. Do you offer a guarantee?
Reputable landscaping construction companies will offer separate guarantees on installation and any plants that are put it. Work should also be guaranteed for a minimum length of time, so be sure to ask for specifics. It’s also a good idea to get a copy in writing.
Harris Landscape Construction here in Reno performs installation work for just about every outdoor project you can imagine. If this is the year you finally get the outdoor spaces you’ve been dreaming about – new pavers and patios, rock walls, a pond, or that beautiful fireplace – we can help. Contact us today.