Selecting a landscaper, whether it is for weekly lawn maintenance or an exterior home beautification project, requires spending time upfront researching a contractor. Focus on factors such as ensuring the landscaper has the proper licenses and insurance.
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Bedford Park, Illinois (PRWEB) March 30, 2016
“Hiring a landscape contractor can give a homeowner the professional help needed when dealing with the area surrounding their home," began Dave Schroer, President, Hallberg Commercial Business Insurance and Group Health (Hallberg Commercial). “Selecting a landscaper, whether it is for weekly lawn maintenance or an exterior home beautification project, requires spending time upfront researching a contractor. In addition to budget, focus on factors such as ensuring the landscaper has the proper licenses, insurance and customer service track record.”
Hallberg Commercial provides the following tips for hiring a landscape contractor:
1. Seek referrals and ask for references. Consumers should talk to friends, family members, or neighbors whose landscape they admire and ask for a referral. The Better Business Bureau and local business chambers are excellent resources to find a landscaper in the area that is accredited, in good standing, and has little to no complaints. Ask the landscaper to provide a list of references from previous jobs. Ask the reference about their experience, if the job was done to satisfaction, and if the estimated cost reflected the final cost.
2. Check for documentation. It is important to first ensure the landscaper has an up-to-date business license and proper business insurance for a Landscaper. When hiring a contractor to perform work, it is important to always ask for proof of insurance. Business Insurance for a Landscaper should cover General Liability Coverage, Commercial Vehicle Coverage, Commercial Equipment Coverage and Workers Compensation Coverage. Selecting a landscaper that possesses the necessary insurance coverage reflects that they are proactively focused on properly protecting their business, employees and equipment, as well as the customers they will serve.
3. Get at least three estimates. Have each landscaper provide a written estimate on what the desired job requires. The estimate should include a specific list of all materials being used, equipment needed, and completion timeframe. Landscapers with more experience or that use higher quality materials may charge more for the job. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the materials each contractor is proposing to be used.
4. Find a company that cares about customer service. Investigate the landscaper’s company policy on redoing work that does not meet the customer’s satisfaction. Make sure the landscaping maintenance service is willing to fix mistakes and are willing to go the extra mile to ensure superior customer service.
5. Get everything in writing. Once you hire landscaper, even if it is for weekly lawn maintenance, make sure all of the details of the job are included in a written contract. Read everything thoroughly before signing.
About Hallberg Commercial Business Insurance and Group Health:
Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, Hallberg Commercial Business Insurance and Group Health (Hallberg Commercial) was founded in 1986 to provide commercial insurance and risk management consultation to small businesses in the Chicagoland area. Hallberg Commercial has direct contracts with a variety of regional and national property and casualty companies, and access to all major health insurance markets. Our arsenal of insurance markets makes partnering with Hallberg Commercial the best choice for your business insurance and risk management strategy. Hallberg Commercial has extensive experience in tailoring a wide range of business insurance products to the individual needs of each business. Hallberg Commercial has consistently grown over the past 20 years to become a predominant agency in the Midwest. The Hallberg Commercial Benefits Team will provide every resource needed to give your company a competitive edge, while securing the best possible coverage at the best possible premium. Hallberg Commercial agents have the experience, knowledge and contacts needed to represent your company to the Group Health Benefits Market Place. Hallberg Commercial Business Insurance and Group Health, 120 W. 22nd Street #101, Oak Brook, IL 60523-1557, (630) 574-2022, http://www.hallbergcommercial.com.