Not So Great Deal; You Get What You Pay For

Not So Great Deal; You Get What You Pay For

by PJ Kratohvil
of Complete Solutions
completesolutionsdfw.com

Now is the time to get the ball rolling on that outdoor space or landscaping project. Everyone’s looking for a “great deal” but be careful! Daily we run into situations where the best price/lowest price got the job and now your paying double or triple to fix it.

Beware of all the handymen turned patio builders and lawn mowers turned landscapers. Hire someone with patio specific construction experience. Your contractor should be able to provide references and take you to a couple of completed (as well as in-progress) jobs. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you’ve paid less and been left hoping for more.

Q-What is your pay schedule on this project?
A-Most professionals will have a draw type payment schedule (depending on overall 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 on site you’re probably not dealing with a trustworthy company. 

Q-How many years have you been in business here locally?
A- 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 planning on commuting in from an outside location.

Q-Can you provide me with at least five local referrals?
A-All contractors should be prepared to provide at least five references for you to gauge their quality of work and overall experience.

Q-Are you insured and registered here with our city?
A-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 you’ll also rest easy knowing that you’re protected and following city codes when taking on your project.


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