So you finally decided to do something about the backyard. With all the social distancing now a days maybe you want to turn your unused backyard into an outdoor living space, but you don't know where to start. Reed Cooper has the following 3 tips:
Know what you want, or at least have an idea. Look at sites like Pintrest for inspiration. Ask for pictures of previous projects from the contractor. See if their vision aligns with yours.
Only work with someone experienced, not someone who is merely a contractor or someone who dabbles with yard work..
I'd also like to share a few of my own tips, based on my experience.
Make sure you choose a company with several reviews. They do not need to be all 5 star reviews, you are just looking for quantity. Reviews are your leverage if things start to go sideways. A well reviewed company is going to much more accommodating to your concerns, than a company with only a few reviews. In todays culture reviews matter, and negative reviews hurt.
Make sure the company you are considering has the proper licenses and insurance for the project you are hiring for. Too many time contractors have a GL or General Liability insurance policy, this is great first step in the right direction. However, make sure the policy covers the scope of work you are hiring for. Find out what certifications like the National Association of Landscape Professionals. or membership in the Camber Of Commerce
A company that does things the right way, the honest way is always going to cost more than a company that doesn't. License's, insurance, workman's comp, proper equipment, memberships and training all cost money. If you are getting several bids for a project and a company comes in way under the others, there is probably a reason.