There are a lot of landscaping services out there and if you put out a request for proposal (RFP) looking for a commercial landscaper you’re probably going to get a flood of responses. So how do you tell the good ones from the timewasters?
Here are a few things to look out for in a good landscaping proposal:
- It’s complete and aligned with your budget. In a bid to get work, there are landscaping companies who will underestimate the cost of service and the time the work will take. This means you’ll end up facing unexpected costs when you actually take them on. Ensure all the work you want is included in the proposal and that includes how many hours of work are involved and how many contractors will be working at your property. Are the number of people budgeted for realistically going to be able to complete the amount of work involved?
- The contractor has all the licencing and insurance required. This is crucial and it’s something that should never be overlooked. To protect yourself and your property you’ll want to only use contractors that are fully licenced and insured. This way you’ll know that any damage or injury caused by them will be covered and you have legal recourse for compensation if needed. No matter how cheap or good they may seem, don’t hire a contractor that doesn’t have these things in place.
- It is specific and detailed. The best proposals include very specific details about the exact scope of the work. This tells you your contractor has done their homework and gives you a sense of confidence that everything will be included and you won’t face any unexpected costs. Avoid vague proposals at all costs – these imply the landscaper hasn’t really thought through the project and it’s likely you will face additional costs at the end of the day.
The proposal might be the first step in your relationship with a landscaping contractor but it’s an important one. First impressions count and a good proposal is a sign that the person you hire will take their job seriously and work hard to meet and exceed your expectations.
Hiring a landscaper is an important job and taking a bit of time to make sure you hire the right one will save you hours of stress and a lot of expense in the future.