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Have you ever googled ‘landscaping companies near me’?
Take it from us – it’s overwhelming. Especially if you live in a location like south Alabama, where long days full of good weather lead to spending plenty of time outdoors. There are countless choices in landscape providers across the Gulf Coast, and all of them are angling for your business.
How do you pick the best one?
You can’t just leave it to chance (so flipping a coin is out.) As a long-term investment, your landscape is too important to place in the hands of the wrong landscaper. What you can do is keep four important factors in mind when considering potential landscape companies to be sure you choose the best partner for your project, your property, and your pocketbook.
Landscapers are not one-size-fits-all, and neither are their services. When you begin researching your options, you’ll quickly find that each landscape company has its own unique set of specialties and limitations. Some only offer landscape maintenance (those tasks like mowing and pruning) while others have a full list of services in landscape design, installation, renovations and more.
That means you need to have a good idea of what services you need before choosing a company. This is usually straightforward if you’re looking for basic landscape care, but it can be tricky to find a single company if you have a bigger outdoor project in mind. For example, a company may be able to lay sod, build a deck, and fill your flower beds – but not install your irrigation system. You’ll save yourself loads of time and some enormous headaches by choosing a landscape company like Chad’s Landscape Management that can handle every part of your project.
Green is great for your lawn, but it’s not a good look for your landscape company. Working with an inexperienced crew can lead to you wasting time, overspending, and – in worst cases – having to fix a damaged landscape.
On the other hand, an experienced landscape provider knows how to complete every project in a timely and professional manner. They’ve seen the problems that can arise in a landscape project and have already developed solutions to overcome them. They know how to be cost-effective and where to find the best products. An experienced company has had time to learn the local area, hire staff with superior landscaping skills, and make relationships with partners that can help on your project (like local nurseries or stone manufacturers.)
This doesn’t just include overall experience – you should also consider if they have relevant experience. They may have mowed lawns for 20 years, but that won’t help if you want a new outdoor kitchen. Have they recently completed a project similar to your needs? Can they show you any examples?
Skills and experience won’t matter much if working with the company is a chore. As in any industry, every landscape company doesn’t have the same commitment to customer service. Even if the end result is a well-designed landscape that meets your needs, it may be hard to enjoy if getting there was a bad experience.
Reading reviews and asking for recommendations are good ways to ensure you choose a company with good customer service. You should also meet in-person with any landscape company you’re considering to get a feel for how they interact with clients. Are they friendly and professional? Do they listen attentively to your needs and wants? Do they use a customer service software like JOBBER that makes it easy to manage your project and maintenance from start-to-finish?
Finally, you should consider the process any potential landscaper uses to complete projects. How do you get from quote to completion? How long will it take? What are the steps involved?
Rushing into your project is actually a major red flag. Planning ahead is key for any successful landscape project, whether it’s a maintenance contract, a new design, or a full landscape install. Skilled landscapers will put a great deal of thought and planning into any project before the work actually starts. This allows the company to give attention to detail, anticipate any problems, and guarantee the end result is a landscape you’ll love for years to come.
Choose Chad’s Landscape Management
Save yourself the stress of a fruitless Google search by choosing Chad’s Landscape Management for your landscaping needs. We have over 25 years of experience serving Mobile and Baldwin Counties with a full selection of landscape services that we customize for every client. If you have a dream for your outdoor landscape, let our experts work closely with you to make your dream a reality. Contact us today!