Great question! If you are not wanting to handle the lawn and landscape tasks yourself, here are some pointers to help you find a reputable lawn care service provider.
#1 – Search Online – If a business does not have a website in today’s day and age, it would throw up a red flag to us and we think it should to you too. Websites have become very inexpensive in the recent years and it is just a must-have in our opinion. If the company you are considering hiring does not have a website, I would be very cautious. This tells me that they are either brand new company that doesn’t have the time or money to build a website, which doesn’t necessarily mean anything bad. But, it could also mean they do not want their reviews to be seen! You should be able to view a company’s website and get a good idea if they are a good fit for your needs before you contact them. Their website should contain all the basic information you want to know.
#2 – Online Reviews – Everyone likes to know if other people have had a good experience with the company you are considering. Online reviews make this a quick and simple process. The best places to look for reviews are Google, Facebook, and Yelp. It is actually pretty tough for businesses to get reviews from clients, so don’t get hung up on how many reviews they have. What is more important is what the people leaving the reviews are saying. Does it sound like their values are in line with yours? If so, that company may be a great fit for your needs.
#3 – Ask Your Neighbors – Lawn care companies lose money every second their crews are driving around in their trucks. You can often get better pricing from a lawn care company if your neighbor’s sign up too. We do this but don’t really advertise it. Maybe we should! But, the only accounts that get pricing below our minimum charge are accounts that we are also able to service other accounts at that same stop. Also, many lawn care and landscaping companies are small businesses and are not able to serve large areas. So, even if you do find them with an online search, they still may not be able to help.
#4 – Ask Your Friends, Family, and Co-Workers – Who better to get a referral from than someone you know and trust. There are a lot of fly by night lawn service companies. Most of these companies started out with great intentions and then realized they knew nothing about running a business or how much it was going to cost. If someone you know has had a great experience with a company in the past, this is a great starting point in your search!
#5 – Licensed and Insured – Please make sure the company you are doing business with is legitimate! Failing to do so could really cost you if something bad were to happen. You can verify the status of a business by visiting https://app.sos.ky.gov/ftsearch/?path=nameavail, and doing a search for the business name. Any business that has general liability insurance and a worker’s compensation policy for their employees is glad to send over a copy for you to review. If they won’t do this, it means they do not have it!
#6 – Responsive – We do our very best at Loyal Green to answer the phone. If you try to contact a lawn care company and do not hear back by the next business day, please write them off your list. If they can’t handle this aspect of the business, what are the chances they are going to show up every week to service your property? Not good.
#7 – Is a Good Fit – There are an array of different services that fall into the lawn and landscape category. Everything from lawn mowing to mulch installation to paver patios and water features. Make sure the company you hire is qualified for the service or services you are looking to hire them for. Don’t sacrifice convenience for quality.
You can certainly get a free, no-obligation lawn care quote from us at MyLoyalGreenLawn.com if you are looking and not already a client of ours!