What To Look For In A Landscape Contractor
1. PROOF OF LIABILITY INSURANCE -
Liability insurance is essential for the protection of the customer and contractor alike. This insurance provides the means for repair of any property damage that may be done by the contractor during work. By choosing a contractor that does not provide a certificate of liability insurance upon request, customers assume great responsibility for any damage that may occur by the contractor.
2. PROOF OF WORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE -
This insurance provides protection for employees of a landscape company in the event that they are injured on the job. Any injury that may occur to an employee that is not covered by workers compensation insurance not only puts the company at risk, but the property owner for whom the work is being done. Make sure you collect a certificate of workers compensation insurance before work commences.
3. REFERENCES -
It is important to find a contractor that can provide you with a list of references for various works that they are qualified for. Be sure to check with these references as they are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about the contractor and the work that they do.
4. EDUCATION -
Make sure that the landscaper you are looking to hire is educated in the field of horticulture. A minimum of an associate’s degree, preferably a bachelor’s degree, should be held by the contractor as well as the key employees of that firm. Landscaping can be very complex so formal schooling and experience proves to be invaluable in protecting your investment.
5. LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS -
It is important that when requesting services such as chemical applications from a landscaper, that he or she is a New York State licensed pesticide applicator. Training is required to receive this license and will help ensure that the application is done properly and pollution is minimized. This license is required by law when chemicals are applied for hire.
6. PRIOR EXPERIENCE -
It is a good idea to get a history of the landscaping firm that you are looking to hire. Common questions you should ask include:
How many years have you been in business?
Have you done this type of work before?
How many years experience do your foremen have?
How many years have your employees been on staff?