Guidelines To Hiring A Landscaping Contractor

Guidelines To Hiring A Sacramento Landscaping Contractor

Sacramento Landscaping Contractor

You have stared at your back yard dreaming of all the ways you could change it.  You’ve thought about creating an “oasis”. You’ve jotted down some ideas, you’ve drawn a rough sketch and maybe you’ve even put a shovel into the ground only to find out that this is going to be hard! You realize that you need to hire a landscape professional but where do you begin? Use this guideline to ensure that you ask your potential Sacramento Landscaper the right questions so that you can have peace of mind.

  1. Is the Sacramento Landscaper licensed, bonded and insured? Seems simple, but in this difficult economy you often see contractors letting one or all of these lapse. You can find all the information you need at the Contractors Board website at www.cslb.ca.gov.
  2. How long has the landscaper been in business? Longevity is a key component in choosing a landscaper. Granted there are very talented people new to landscape construction but most businesses fail within the first 18 months.
  3. Does the Sacramento Landscaper have any references? Any landscape construction contractor worth his “salt” should be able to provide at least 3 references similar to your type of landscape project.
  4. What would my payments on my project be? First, a licensed landscape contractor can  collect a down payment of a $1,000.00 (but not exceed) or 10% of the contract price, whichever is less. The rest of your payments should follow the progression of completed phases, with 10% retention for the completion of the project.
  5. When will the project start and when will you be finished? A Sacramento landscape contractor cannot start a project until after your Three Day Right To Cancel has expired. A proposed start and completion date should be clearly stated on your signed contract.

During the course of your interview process of potential landscapers in Sacramento many more questions will probably come to mind. Use these five as a guideline to getting your landscape project on the right track!

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