What to Ask When Hiring a Landscaping Contractor

When hiring contractors to work in our homes or yards, we hire them assuming that we are hiring safe, professional, and honest workers. Unfortunately, not all contractors are the same, and this is especially true in the landscape industry. Often, unsuspecting property owners hire amateur landscapers with workers that should not be allowed on residential or commercial properties. Property owners should not have to worry about their own personal safety or their property’s safety when hiring landscape contractors to work on their property or in their own backyard. Yardworks, Inc. respects your property and we respect you offering us the opportunity to earn your business. We take the time and due diligence to make sure that the people working on your property are good people.

Below you will find a couple of questions that property owners should always ask of their landscape company to ensure they are hiring professional, safe, and reliable workers to maintain their lawn and landscape.

Do You Perform Background Checks?

Although it might seem unconventional for a landscape company to do background checks on newly hired employees, the fact is that these workers are given access to your private backyard, gated communities, and secured commercial sites. It is important for you, the homeowner, to know that your landscape company is not hiring individuals convicted of crimes such as theft, vandalism, or assault.

Do You Have References?

Property owners are often swayed to hire a landscaping company based on a low price, only to discover too late that they’ve hired an incompetent, unsafe, or dishonest contractor that has performed partial work or damaged their property. Landscape contractors should offer references to demonstrate that their quality of work speaks for itself.

Do You Have the Proper Licensing?

Hiring a landscaping company with the proper licensing protects the consumer in cases where protocol was not followed during the installation and problems arise from faulty installations. If you hire a landscaping company that does not have the correct and up to date licensing then you suddenly become on the hook for everything that happens, you become the employer in the official eyes of the law. Sure, there are a lot of good landscape contractors out there that don’t have their licenses and proper insurances.  They probably do good work and are a lot cheaper than companies that have to spend a significant amount of their profit on protecting you, the homeowner.  But, in the end, you the homeowner, must decide if the cheaper price is worth the potentially disastrous accidents that could happen.  Always ask your landscape contractor for up-to-date business licenses, worker’s comp insurance, and general liability insurance.

Are You Fully Insured?

When hiring a landscape professional do you ask them for a Certificate of Insurance proving that they do in fact have the proper insurance coverage? All contractors that you hire to come onto your property and perform a service for you should be fully insured. It is a protection for you and them if something were to go wrong and they or an employee were to be injured on the job, if damaged is caused to you or your property.

Yardworks, Inc. is pleased to offer residential and commercial property owners a full range of exceptional landscape services, all performed by workers that undergo background checks  for maximum client safety. In addition, Yardworks, Inc. offers a full list of references for both residential and commercial projects to confirm the quality, safety, efficiency and reliability of their work and crew.

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24 thoughts on “What to Ask When Hiring a Landscaping Contractor”

  1. I like that you point out that it is important to ask the landscaper if they have the proper licensing. I can see why this would help protect you against any possible responsibility should something happen. You could even ask the professionals what potential problems could happen and what they would do to prevent such a problem. That way you know that they are taking preventative measures during the project.

    1. Hi Scott,
      yes, licensing is an important aspect in the landscaping world – the consumer needs to be aware of the pitfalls that can occur when hiring a company that is not capable of handling their particular job. Licensing ensures that the contractor has the education and experience to tackle the project at hand.

  2. Asking about licensing makes sense. Licensing means the contractor will have the right tools and know how to use them. Landscaping can really affect the value of your house.

    1. You’re exactly right Larry! Landscaping – when done properly – can add so much curb appeal and in turn value to a home.

  3. When you choose a professional landscaping contractor, they would do a perfect job at your site and preserve the environment at the same time. You should select the best and most reliable service provider for your home. Thanks

  4. I’m looking to have my backyard ripped up and redone. I have a specific vision of how I want it to look and I want to make sure it comes out looking just like that. I want trustworthy people that I can trust being around my house for that lengthy period of time. I like using referrals but I’m also interested in finding the best, no matter what the cost.

  5. Thanks for the tips for hiring a landscape contractor. I like how you said to check if they have proper licensing, to avoid faulty installations and things. We’re hoping to get our backyard remodeled, so I’ll remember this!

  6. It’s nice that you mentioned that as much as it is unconventional it is important to learn whether your landscaping company’s employees have clean records since they’ll be having access to your home and safety is no laughing matter. I’d be sure to ask about this once we do find potential custom landscaping services to help us with our new estate to ensure the new home’s safety. I would also take a look at their references to see if they’re previous projects are awe-inspiring and could be used for my own. Thanks!

  7. Thank you for mentioning how you should take the time to ask a landscaper for a certificate of insurance before hiring them. It is important to remember that doing this can help you find a landscaper that cares about protecting you in case anything goes wrong. I understand that taking the time to do some research and read online reviews can help you find the best lawn care for your needs, so I’m glad I found your page.

  8. You have some great tips for finding good landscape companies. It makes sense to find someone who is fully insured, just in case. We have a large lawn, and any kind of accident could happen on it. We’ll be sure to keep that in mind!

  9. It was really nice how you suggested making sure that the contractor that will hire for the job was fully insured because that will protect me from legal responsibility in an event of an accident. That’s good to know, and I will be sure to take note of that. We need a landscaping contractor to help with the design of the yard of our new house. We don’t have much time on our hands to worry about things, so we’ll just hire someone to do the job for us. Thanks.

  10. It really helped when you said that landscaping companies, like any other business, should do background checks on their employees as they are being hired. As far as I know, with the amount of trust being placed in a landscaper to come onto my own property to work, it is indeed important to me to know good people are being hired. Thank you for the tips on finding a good landscaper service!

  11. I appreciated how you suggested looking at references before hiring a landscaping contractor. I’m looking for someone to do my irrigation system this spring, so this is definitely good to know. I’d definitely feel more comfortable hiring someone after being able to speak with some of their past clients.

  12. It was great that I came across this article and learned that in order for me to find out if the landscaping contractor does a good job is by asking references to the previous clients and asking them about the quality. That is something that I will be willing to try for a do need a good landscaping contractor to work in the garden next season. I am adamant about hiring only the most reliable contractor since my garden is my baby. Thank you for sharing this tip!

  13. This year I really want my yard to look great. Thank you for listing what to ask when looking for a landscaping contractor. I think it would be very smart to ask them if they have the proper licensing. I will have to make sure I ask that before I hire.

  14. I really appreciated your advice to check if a company gives you references, which would mean that they take pride in their work! My wife and I recently moved into a new house, and we have been trying to find a contractor to get rid of some older trees in our backyard. I will definitely look into any landscaping companies that proudly show their references!

  15. I really like your advice to look for references. My brother is trying to find a landscaping company to trim some of the trees in his yard. I will be sure to tell him that he should look online for positive references from clients!

  16. A few months ago I moved into a gorgeous house, but the backyard isn’t finished. I want to hire a landscaping company to help me get the beautiful backyard I’ve dreamed of. Thank you for suggesting that the landscaper I hire should be insured. I’ll have to do some research and find the right landscaper.

  17. I want to transform my backyard into a fun place where I can have parties for friends and family, so I am thinking about hiring a landscaping contractor to create the look that I want. You make a great point that I should look for a company that is willing to provide references so that I can talk with their previous clients and find out if they were satisfied with the quality of work provided. Also, in my opinion, it is important that potential contractors are willing to share their portfolios with me because this way I can see if I like the style of their work and if it will match with what I want in my backyard before I hire them.

  18. My sister just moved into a new home the other day with a messy yard. She wants to make sure that she is taking care of the eyesore that is her front yard. It might help her to hire a professional landscaping service that has all the proper licensing.

  19. You’ve got great tips for hiring a landscape contractor. I like how you said that they should have references. That’s like looking at reviews, and I always do that. We’ll make sure to do that when we hire someone to take care of our lawn.

  20. My mom wants to improve the landscape of our home to increase the curb appeal. It was mentioned here that when planning to hire a landscape contractor, she should ask if they have proper licensing and general liability insurance. Furthermore, it’s recommended to hire professionals for quality landscaping services.

  21. I like how you mentioned that checking a landscape contractor’s license is important to ensure that you’ll be getting the service that you paid for. Having a proper license to conduct business is important, especially when it comes to landscaping since this would involve not just your own output, but the owner’s own interpretation as well–being very important to work together so that the desired outcome can be achieved. I’m looking for a qualified, fully-insured landscape contractor who can help me redecorate my front garden as it’s been a while since I last touched it for actual remodeling.

  22. I like how you mention the importance of making sure that a landscaping company has the proper licensing so that the consumer is protected just in case accidents happen and a protocol was not followed and problems arise from faulty installations. Keeping in mind to ask the landscaping service about their up to date business licenses as well as their worker’s compensation insurance and general liability insurance would help put your mind at ease. If I had the chance to hire a landscaping service I would definitely check for their licenses and insurances since I would be entrusting my back yard to their care.

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