5 Things to Look for When Hiring a Winnipeg Landscaping Company

June 9, 2021
Landscaping

Embarking on a landscaping project is stressful enough, never mind having to navigate your way through different companies trying to decide which companies seem trustworthy and which don’t. As you work your way through your research and selection process, there are typically easy to recognize signs that will help you avoid working with a fly-by-night contractor. 

Responsiveness 

You can learn tons about the company or contractor you are potentially going to work with just by the way they engage and communicate with you. Working your way through a landscaping project requires seamless and consistent communication throughout every phase of the process. If the company you are thinking of working with is slow to reply, hard to get a hold of, or aren’t able to clearly communicate the details of the project, this isn’t a good sign.

On the other hand, if the landscaping contractor you’re engaged with is responsive and able to clearly walk you through each step of their process and are able to answer your questions in detail, then that's a positive sign, especially in the beginning stages of the relationship. Clear, quick, prompt, and professional communication is typically a significant sign of legitimacy when it comes to hiring a contractor. 

Price

First and foremost, price is not an indicator of professionalism and often homeowners fall into the trap of selecting their contractor based off of the lowest price and end up being stuck with a landscaping company that isn’t delivering on their promises. Instead of looking for the rock bottom price, you ought to search for the best value. Landscaping projects are investments that need a lot of consideration. Besides pricing, you should check out the reputation of the landscaping companies you're considering working with. You should look to source estimates and proposals from multiple companies and choose the one that first best fits your ideas for the project and is within reasonable scope for your budget. 

Check Portfolios and Past Projects

It’s surprising how many homeowners make decisions  without taking a landscaping company's previous work into consideration. Before hiring a landscaping company in Winnipeg, it’s a good idea to look closely through their portfolio of work. Looking through their previous work will give you an opportunity to look for projects they have worked on that are similar to yours and give you an honest idea about the various services they provide. Looking through contractor portfolios will also help you decide if the style of the contractor's work aligns with your style and is also an opportunity to get some inspiration for your outdoor space. 

Read Reviews and Get References

We are fortunate that today review and customer feedback is more accessible than ever before. Thanks to technology we have never had the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others and you should always ask your landscaping company for references and check different review sites like Google and Facebook for feedback from past customers. Spending time getting references and reading online reviews can narrow down your list of reputable landscaping companies in Winnipeg. It's quick, easy, and a really great way to check out a company and get a good idea if they are a fit for your project or not.

Ask the Right Questions (and lots of them)

As a homeowner, working with an honest, reputable and professional landscaping company for your project is so important. However, too often homeowners don’t ask enough questions throughout the various projects. Although a good landscaping contractor will go above and beyond to address your questions and concerns proactively, you should never hesitate to ask any questions or bring up any concerns throughout any stage of the process.

Here are some questions to get you started:

  • How long have you been in business?
  • What are the various services you offer? 
  • Who will be working on our project?
  • Do you hire 3rd parties to do the work?
  • Do you have any licenses or certifications?
  • Are you insured or bonded? 
  • Do you have a portfolio I can see and other clients I can talk to?
  • Can you walk us through your entire process?

We have over 15 years of Experience

At Lafortune Home, we go to great lengths to ensure the best possible experience for our customers. Our landscaping company in Winnipeg offers a wide range of services, including landscape planning, designing outdoor features, and much more. Connect with us today at any queries about our landscaping service.

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer is a member of the LaFortune Home content team. She focuses her time on creating informative and engaging content in the area of exterior landscape design and outdoor home decor.