how to know you’re hiring a quality company. In lawn care, it’s even more difficult because of how decentralized the business is. This leads to considerable variance among companies. Some will be excellent. Some will be dreadful.
So how are you to know the difference? Here’s some help:
Go through online reviews, but realize that all companies will have some negative things said about them. What you want to look for is the overall vibe that you get. Clearly, if a company has loads of negative reviews and realistic accounts of inadequacy, you can safely count on them provide questionable service. Additionally, ask your neighbors which company they hire and what they think of the service. It could be as easy as that.
License and Insurance
First, if they’re licensed and insured, then you know they’ve devoted their life’s work to professionalism. Second – and more importantly – if they get accidentally injured on your property, you’ll probably be liable. Not just that. Should their mower huck a rock through your window, their policy won’t cover the damage.
Professional or Trade Associations
Being a member of a trade organization indicates that a company is committed to their job. That includes a commitment to endless learning and meeting standards of the industry they’re in.
Choose a company whose office manager or owner-operator who is known to respond promptly and reasonably, can be easily reached through email or social media, and uses lawn care scheduling and billing software. This can save you tons of stress and time in the end.
If you mow your own lawn, you’d probably change your blade once or twice yearly. Well-reputed lawn care companies typically sharpen or change their blades everyday or every two days. ask them how many mowing hours their blades go through before they are changed or sharpened. It shouldn’t be more than ten hours.
In this industry, it’s ordinary to require lengthy contracts, so you shouldn’t be surprised if your lawn care company does. Just ask if they’ll let you go without one. Or at least, ask if they’ll give you a free trial. This shouldn’t be a problem for good companies.
Finally, you should know that sometimes, companies just don’t have adequate operational capacity, and they collapse and disappear all of a sudden. Go through online reviews to know which companies are stable enough to be reliable. Ask your friends and neighbors if they’ve heard of a certain provider you may be eyeing. Better yet, just ask for client references from the provider and make sure to call them.
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