Choosing a Contractor
Though we believe ourselves to be the landscape and pool contractor for you, it is important to test the waters when looking for a landscape or pool redesign. So, to help you out, here are the questions you should ask when carrying out this journey:
What is your background like?
You want to make sure the company you choose has a sparkling background, so make sure to ask pointed questions to ensure this is the case. Have they had any complaints registered with the ROC? What are their online reviews like? What licenses does your company carry? All of these are questions that you should certainly ask to make sure they are legitimate, professional, and right for the job.
What is the design process?
As the homeowner, it is important to know exactly what is happening to your home. With that in mind, make sure to ask these questions: how long will it take to get a design and estimate? Will the work encompass all the details you asked for in the initial meeting? Will there be a pre-and final walk through? What will the construction timeline be like? What could delay construction? Though these details may not seem incredibly important, you need to know how these problems are dealt with so you can be prepared for all eventualities.
Who is my designer?
This is perhaps the most crucial element of your interview, as this will be the person who is working on your home. Make sure you have a list of previous jobs he’s worked on, as well as comments from previous consumers. Furthermore, make sure your designer is experienced! Don’t let the company saddle you with someone who’s only been on the job for a few days; after all, this is the future of your home that we are talking about.
What are the costs involved?
Oftentimes, an estimate won’t include every cost involved, so it is your responsibility to make sure the company isn’t being shady. Ask for a comprehensive list of all costs that will be included on the final bill before work is started, so you know exactly what you are paying. If these costs are much higher than what you initially agreed on, then you may want to move on.
Are there any warranties?
Make sure all projects are covered by some sort of warranty. If the work goes bad, you don’t want to be saddled with the costs of replacing it, so warranties are definitely a must for anyone you hire.
Remember; a landscape and pool design project is a huge undertaking, so make sure you ask all of these questions and more! You do not want to waste your money on an inexperienced—or unskilled—contractor.