If you’re keen on paying someone to cut your grass, then you’ve reached your next challenge: In the lawn care business, it’s even more complex because of how spread out the industry is. This brings great variance between providers. Some will be excellent. Some will be dreadful.
So how can you tell the difference? Here’s a handy guide:
Discovering The Truth About Companies
Scan online reviews, but know that all providers will have some not so good ones written about them. What you should look for is the general vibe that you get. Clearly, if a company has loads of negative reviews and realistic accounts of inadequacy, you can safely count on them provide questionable service. Additionally, ask your neighbors which company they hire and what they think of the service. It could be as easy as that.
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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 injured on your property, you’ll probably be liable. That’s not all. In case their mower hucks a rock through your window, their insurance company won’t cover the damage.
Professional or Trade Associations
Being a member of a trade organization indicates that a company is committed to their job. That includes a commitment to endless learning and meeting standards of the industry they’re in.
Choose a company whose office manager or owner-operator who is known to respond promptly and reasonably, can be easily reached through email or social media, and uses lawn care scheduling and billing software. This can save you so much time and stress 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. Here’s a fast tip: Ten hours should be the maximum.
In this industry, it’s ordinary to require lengthy contracts, so you shouldn’t be surprised if your lawn care company does. Simply ask if it’s okay to go without one. Or at least, ask if they’ll give you a free trial. This won’t be a problem with 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 friends and neighbors if they’ve heard of the specific company you’re planning to hire. Better yet, just ask for client references from the provider and make sure to call them.