how to know you’re hiring a reliable company. In the lawn care business, it’s even more complex because of how spread out the industry is. This produces wide variance among providers. Some will be exceptional. Some will be horrendous.
So how can you tell the difference? Here’s some help:
Scan online reviews, but know that all providers will have some not so good ones written about them. What you want to look for is the overall vibe that you get. Obviously, if a company has more negative reviews and realistic reports of inadequacy, you can probably trust that they provide poor service. In addition, ask your neighbors which provider they hire and what they think of the company. It can be as easy as that.
License and Insurance
First, if they have a license and are insured, you know they’re committed to their life’s work. Second – and more importantly – if they get accidentally hurt on your property, you may be liable. Not just that. 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 is a sign that a provider is committed to their craft. That includes a commitment to ongoing learning and upholding standards of the lawn care industry.
Find a company with an office manager or owner-operator who always responds promptly and reasonably, one who can be reached easily through email or social media, and uses lawn care scheduling and billing software. This can save you tons of stress and time in the end.
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 many mowing hours their blades have to go through before they get sharpened or changed. It should be no more than ten hours.
It’s routine to require long contracts in this industry, so don’t be surprised if your provider does. Just ask if they’ll let you go without one. Or at the very least, ask if you can have a free trial. This shouldn’t be a problem for good companies.
Finally, you should know that sometimes, companies just don’t have adequate operational capacity, and they collapse and disappear all of a sudden. Read online reviews to know companies are stable or not that stable to be reliable. Ask your neighbors and friends what they know about a certain provider you’re considering. Better yet, simply ask the provider to give you client references and make those calls.
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