1. Define your goals and establish specifications.
2. Make sure all landscapers are bidding on the same specs. Note which landscaping contractors pay attention to details and make helpful suggestions.
3. Make sure to ask landscape professionals for ideas to keep things attractive while also being maintenance friendly and economical.
4. Did one of the prospects make any suggestions to make the property more maintenance friendly?
5. Bids should be made in person when possible. Discuss details and walk the property with the landscaper in order to make things clear.
6. Address regularly scheduled clean-ups and discuss scheduled fertilizations and mulching.
7. Agree on regular tree & shrub pruning.
8. Frequency of lawn cuts during seasons needs to be spelled out.
9. Review gardening issues.
10. Make sure that contact persons are agreed upon for the landscaping company and for your property.
Its often a good idea to make sure that the landscaping contractor will consistently send the same team leader on your site. That foreman will get to know the property and will become familiar with your expectations.
Make sure to ask for references.
Why should you hire only a licensed & insured Maryland landscaping contractor?
Landscaping is dangerous work. Sharp & powerful equipment is used to cut through plant materials and soil. Groundskeepers can easily lose fingers or a foot. Tree and shrub trimming can cause debilitating back and neck injury. Professional Property Managers wont assume the liability of hiring uninsured landscapers - smart homeowners dont either.
Hiring an uninsured contractor to do work on your commercial property or home could cost a lot of money. In the case of injury or property damage, your general liability coverage or home owners insurance might deny the claim because you hired an unlicensed or uninsured contractor. Check licensing requirements and make sure to ask your insurance agent about insurance documentation that you need to require from your Maryland Landscaping Contractor. Maryland's Workers Compensation posts information about contractors workers comp.
Why is a Good Landscaper Important to Property Value?
In Maryland's competitive real estate market, first impressions are important to prospective tenants, buyers and homeowners. Is the entrance attractive? Are the trees and shrubs pruned? Is the landscape design colorful? Is your landscaper keeping the lawn and gardens tidy and free of debris?
Make sure your landscaping contractor is regularly controlling weeds, edging walkways and neatly managing grass clippings. Good lawn care and organized gardens help create a feel of caring management and strong community.
In Maryland, Landscape Architects require a license. DLLR shows license data.
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