We have come up with a list of 5 must know tips to help in hiring a lawn care service contractor. These tips will help insure that you hire the best company for the job!
Tip 1 – Insurance
You should request to see this from any potential lawn company. Many solo guys, and even bona-fide companies, advertise they are licensed and insured. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Request a copy of their insurance certificate before allowing them to service your lawn. The last thing you need is another unnecessary expense that could be easily prevented.
Tip 2 – Equipment
Residential yards require smaller equipment than larger commercial properties. Make sure the company you go with is not putting an overly-heavy zero-turn mower on your yard. That heavy mower can tear up your lawn and create drive tracks after only a few services. In addition to that, the big commercial mower may have just been used to cut a big 5-acre weed field. Just make sure that the equipment being used on your residential yard is of appropriate size.
Tip 3 – Contracts
Some companies require clients to sign year-round contracts to do business with them. This is always good for the company, but it may not necessarily be a good thing for you. You could end up paying a lot during the winter months, when frankly, you don’t need service. Really look and compare to see if signing up for a full year contract is beneficial to you.
Tip 4 – Services Offered
It’s a pain to have one company cut your grass, another company do the hedges, and yet another pull weeds and and mulch to the flower beds. Make sure to find out every service a company offers before doing business with them. This is especially true if you’re signing a contract. You don’t want to be making phone calls later in the season to another lawn company, because you find out that your lawn guy won’t trim the hedges.
Tip 5 – Employee Background Checks
Many customers that are looking for lawn care service providers will hire the first individual they can find off Craigslist. Not good. Any individual who sets foot on your property, or has access to a gate code, needs to be of sound character. Make sure the company you go with vets their employees and has a low rate of employee turnover.
These are the items we hear the most often when new clients hire our company. We hope this can help when finding a lawn care service provider.