how to know you’re hiring a reliable company. In the lawn care industry, it’s even more complicated because of how distributed the industry is. This leads to considerable variance among companies. Some will be excellent. Some will be horrible.
So how can you tell the difference? Here’s a handy guide:
Finding Ways To Keep Up With Experts
Go through online reviews, but realize that all companies will have some negative things said about them. What you should look for is the general vibe that you get. Obviously, if a company has more negative reviews and realistic reports of inadequacy, you can probably trust that they provide poor service. Additionally, ask your neighbors which company they hire and what they think of the service. It can 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. And that’s not it. In the event that their mower hucks a rock through your window, their insurer 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 constant learning and following the standards of the lawn care industry.
Look for a company that employs an office manager or owner-operator who consistently responds on time and reasonably, one who is easily reachable through email or social media, and makes use of lawn care scheduling and billing software. This can save you so much time and stress in the end.
If you mow your own lawn, you’d probably change your blade once or twice yearly. Reputable lawn care companies normally change or sharpen their blades everyday or at least every two days. ask them how many mowing hours their blades have to go through before they get sharpened or changed. It should be no more than ten hours.
In this business, lengthy contracts are commonplace, so don’t be surprised. Simply ask if it’s okay to go without one. At least, ask if they could give you a free trial. This won’t be a problem with good companies.
Lastly, you need to know that sometimes, companies just don’t have enough operational capacity and they break down and disappear just like that. Go through online reviews to know which companies are stable enough to be reliable. Ask your neighbors and friends what they know about a certain provider you’re considering. Better yet, just ask for client references from the provider and make sure to call them.