In many cases, if you are in the market for a particular type of service, it’s too easy to get caught up in trying to figure out the hallmarks of a good firm. It’s too easy to focus on the proactive aspect and this might actually blind you. In many cases, it’s easier to see the bad side of a particular service provider instead of trying to imagine the good side.
Too many homeowners pick out the wrong landscaping firm because they read into the firm qualities they are looking for when those qualities don’t exist. This kind of bias is ever present and can cause you quite a pretty penny when it comes to reworks and getting the landscape design or landscaping work you had done by one firm redone by another firm.
In many cases, it’s easier to spot the signs of a bad landscaping firm than really getting down to business and looking under the hood to find the good signs of a competent firm. Keep your eyes peeled on the following four signs:
Fast and loose with bonding and licensing requirements
If the State requires certain bonding and licensing requirements, and the company that you are thinking of doing business with either operates on an expired license or keeps telling you they will get around to it, you might want to stay away. If they can’t even step up to the play in regards to minimum State requirements, what makes you think that they would dot their eyes and cross their tease as far as your landscaping needs are concerned?
You don’t need to roll the dice with such an outfit. They might have a great reputation but this is your hard-earned dollars we’re talking about.
You know that you are dealing with a fly-by-night or fly-by-the-seat-of-your pants outfit when the people that they have don’t last long. They basically random people coming in and out or going all jobs for them, they might not be enough of a reservoir of a battle-tested talent. These people might not have enough solid years of experience to truly do a good job with your particular landscaping needs. You don’t want to find out the hard way.
If you’re in doubt regarding this particular firm’s staff experience, you might want to leave firm off your list.
Fly-by-the-seat-of-your pants planning
If the account representative for the landscaping firm visits your place or your work and the person won’t commit anything to writing or basically just beating around the bush or talking in generalities, you might want to find another landscaping firm.
First of all, nobody has the time in the world to beat around the bush. Second, you know you’re dealing with an unprofessional company when they don’t give you written proposals. It doesn’t really take a genius or much time to come up with something that is properly documented. If they can’t even step up to that play, why should you expect that they would have a high attention to details as far as your landscaping needs are concerned?
You find out about stuff at the last minute.
If you are trying to get a deal with a particular deal with a firm and they keep changing the terms or you find out about certain details regarding your landscaping job at the last minute, these are red flags that the firm you are dealing with might be too unprofessional for your particular needs.