how to know you’re hiring a reliable 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 horrendous.
So how can you tell the difference? Here are a few tips:
Case Study: My Experience With Companies
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, a company that has scores of negative reviews and sensible accounts of inadequacy, you can safely trust that they offer questionable service. Moreover, ask your neighbors which provider they use and what they think of them. It can be as easy as that.
Looking On The Bright Side of Businesses
License and Insurance
First, if they’re licensed and insured, then you’re sure they’ve committed their life’s work to being a true professional. Second – and more importantly – if they get accidentally hurt on your property, you may be liable. That’s not all. 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 ongoing learning and upholding 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. In the end, this can actually save you tons of time and stress.
Changing your blade once or twice per year is usual if you’re mowing your own lawn. Outstanding lawn care companies generally sharpen or change blades everyday or every other day. ask them how long their blades must work before they are sharpened or changed. It shouldn’t be more than ten hours.
In this business, lengthy contracts are commonplace, so don’t be surprised. Just ask them if they’re okay working without one. At least, ask if they could give you a free trial. This shouldn’t be a problem for 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 friends and neighbors if they’ve heard of the specific company you’re planning to hire. Better yet, just ask for client references from the provider and make sure to call them.