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How To Avoid Disputes With Your Landscaper

Author : Ryan Wolfe

Landscaping your property can be a stressful event. It takes time, planning and dedication from each party. You know just what you want, but maybe you are having trouble expressing it. Most disputes come from of a lack of communication. The most important thing when dealing with someone doing work for you, is to communicate effectively what it is you're looking for. If it is lawn service, or a complete re-design, you need to know first what you expect from the landscaper.

First, ask questions. So many people feel awkward when hiring someone that they forget to ask questions, and this could easily lead to a dispute. If you don't ask, you may find yourself making false assumptions. So, be sure you cover your bases. Ask what is covered in their lawn service package? How many hours will it take to do the yard service? Will the first lawn care take longer or cost more than the following appointments. How do they build their estimate? Do they offer an organic lawn service option? What type of products do they use? How often do they need to come to do lawn care? These are just an example of the array of questions you should be asking. When you know the answers to these questions, you'll be in a position to help avoid disputes.

Second, know what they can do. These are professionals you're working with, and they aren't going to be offended when you ask for a list of references. By asking for a list of customers, they've worked for you offer the landscaper a way to show how their yard service shines. They'll be proud to offer up references, and you won't be left worried. Now that you know, they're a reliable source you can start to build the relationship by making your wants clear. A helpful way to do this would be to sit down, before you have a meeting with your landscaper, and make a list of what services it is you need. Do you need lawn maintenance and yard care, or are you looking to create that fabulous flowerbed out back? If it's more than yard service you need, you should make a clear and detailed plan so that you can clearly tell the landscaper what you want. So, you've asked them all the questions you can think of, made your list, and checked the references, what is left? Now you need to worry about getting it in writing.

Contracts are the most important part of making sure you don't have any kind of dispute with your landscaper. Your landscaper won't be reluctant to work out a contract with you because it will protect them just as much as it will protect you. A contract will outline the yard care, or lawn maintenance that you need, and include the time line. Once you and your landscaper have worked out a contract you shouldn't have to worry about having any more disputes, as you have made what you want, and need clear.

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Ryan Wolfe is a landscape designer in Portland, Oregon. His company, Valley West Landscapes, provides landscape design, organic yard care and lawn maintenance services in Portland, Oregon.

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Tags:   landscaping, lawn care, gardening, landscape design, lawn service, organic yard care

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