If you own a business or manage a property or community, it is that time of the year
where you have to start thinking about landscaping services. Whether it be a simple spring clean-up, or you are in need of a contractor to handle your maintenance management, now is the time to start planning. Below are a few tips to find the right contractor in the Washington, DC, VA, and MD area.
1. Ensure the contractor can meet your needs
One of the first misconceptions about landscape companies is that they all provide the same services and at the same level of quality. However, this is not the case. It is very important to get a full list of services the company provides and compare it to other vendors. Do they only do landscape maintenance? Can they also do landscape design, construction, irrigation, and snow removal? How long have they been providing those services?
2. Research the company’s qualifications
Save yourself the headache later by doing a bit of research at the very beginning of the vetting process. Make sure the company has a website and look them up on social media and yelp; this ensures they are current and relevant. Also, ask for references from colleagues or reach out to the company directly for reference and answers to questions. Are they insured and for how much? Does the company have the equipment and manpower to handle your job? What industry qualifications do they hold?
3. Make sure they have a designated account manager
One of the reasons that JB Kline Landscaping has been so successful over the last 45 years is because our customers all receive the same attention! You will always be able to reach the Business Develop Manager, the Division Manager or the President of the company if you have any questions, concerns or comments. When comparing contractors, be sure to find out who will be designated to handle your account during the duration of your contract. The last thing you want is to have an issue, and then wait 3-5 days before an issue is resolved. Ask the contractor who will be your designated account manager.
4. Have a budget in mind
Have a budget in mind when you begin your search for the right landscape company. However, remember that not all prices are created equal and neither are landscape companies. Be wary of companies that offer low rates compared to what you may have seen from other companies. A lot of times, low prices mean that the company is desperate for customers, or they’re not paying for the proper insurance. Price is a very important part of the decision-making process however you need to make sure that the price reflects the quality of work and the value you will receive. You do not want to have to pay a new company to redo all the work from a company that gave you such a low-price. Do not be afraid to ask any company to explain their pricing.
5. Do they follow sustainable practices?
One of the best ways to save money and have a great looking landscape is to follow sustainable practices. This does not just include conservation and energy efficient landscapes but will your contractor use locally sourced plant materials and incorporate sustainability into your projects? Will they use native plants that use less water and require less maintenance? These things will help save money over time and prevent waste. Be sure to ask these questions and compare with other potential contractors.
Choose the best landscape company in the DC Metro area
There are a lot of great companies out there; JB Kline Landscaping is still a family-owned, full-service landscaping company that has been around since 1972. We have decades of experience managing, servicing and installing the things you need for your property.
Contact us for a free consultation or if you are interested in receiving a bid from us! Or book an appointment hassle free!