A Word of Caution

A Word of Caution

PJby PJ Kratohvil
of Complete Solutions

This is a great time to get the ball rolling on that outdoor space or landscaping project.

There is a difference in having someone that’s studied design and space management with years of “patio specific” construction experience just as there is a difference in having a degreed landscape designer put a plan together for you. Ensuring you’re dealing with professionals makes a huge difference in the overall product and process.

It’s always a good idea to have a prepared checklist ready. Also, make the candidates provide references and take you to some completed and in-progress jobs.
Don’t put yourself in a situation where you’ve paid less and are left hoping for more…..

What is your pay schedule on this project
Most professionals will have a draw type payment schedule (depending on total) or a 50-50 split upon completion. IF you’re asked for a majority of all funds upfront without a binding contract and before the materials have even been dropped, that should be a red flag.

How many years have you been in business here locally?
A contractor who’s been around for 5 to 10 years has established a solid network of suppliers, subcontractors and has earned a local reputation. This will make them a safer bet than a contractor who’s either new to the business, the area or commuting in from an outside location.

Can you provide me with at least five local referrals?

All contractors should be prepared to provide at least five references for you to gauge their quality of work and overall experience.

Are you insured and registered here with our city?
Any company that is worth doing business with will carry both insurance and local registrations wherever they are working. You should expect to pay more for dealing with a legitimate company but able to rest easy knowing that you’re protected and following city codes when taking on your project.

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