Posted by B & B Maintenance on May 9, 2009 at 11:35 PM
"HIRE THE PROFESSIONAL"
A notice from the Nassau Suffolk Landscape Gardeners Association
TIPS ON SELECTING A LANDSCAPE PROFESIONAL
Looking for a brand new landscape, a few dramatic additions, top-notch maintenance for your grounds? Start by selecting a Professional Landscape Contractor. Landscape adds value to your home, business, and your neighborhood. The right landscaping can increase the value of your home by 15%, allowing owners to recoup 100% to 200% of their investment. A Landscape Professional can offer you a variety of services, including design, installation, and maintenance of your property, based on your specific needs and requirements. Enlisting the services of a Professional Landscape Maintenance company means protecting your investment, more importantly, just being able to sit back and enjoy your grounds. Consider the following when hiring a qualified Landscape Professional:
- When hiring a landscape professional, remember to look for quality, expertise, and service, not just the bottom line price.
- Ask if the company is fully licensed to operate a business. Licenses required: FEDERAL: Employer I.D. number.
STATE: Registered Business Sales Tax number.
COUNTY: Consumer Affairs License.
TOWN: Some local town & villages require special permits.
PESTICIDE: A New York State certified applicators license and a New York State pesticide business license is required to apply pesticides professionally. This means anything other than fertilizer, lime and grass seed.
IF THE COMPANY IS NOT LICENSED IN ALL THE AFOREMENTIONED AND WORKS FOR YOU, YOU COULD BE HELD LIABLE.
- Ask how the firm stays on top of industry changes. Ask about membership in state and local associations, (Nassau Suffolk Landscape Gardeners Association, Arborist Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, etc?). Association membership means the company is taking steps to stay current and informed. Membership identification must be posted on all vehicles. Vehicles must be properly labeled for pesticide use, [colored triangles].
- Make sure the company is capable of doing the job you want done, has the right equipment etc? Make sure you and the Landscape Professional understand exactly what is to be done, price and time-table, both of work and payment. Do not leave room for misunderstanding, be specific, do not assume anything.
- Ask if the company is involved with environmentally sound dumping, i.e. A Compost facility, or will they leave bags of yard waste on your property to be routed to a landfill.
- When the companies? employees are on your grounds, note if they are presentable, uniformed, and operating all machinery in a safe manor, (O.S.H.O.).
- Ask for references. Make sure the firm is trustworthy and will follow through with the work to be done. Hopefully, when you hire a Landscape Professional, especially for maintenance, it is for a long-term relationship.
CONSIDER THESE STEPS WHEN HIRING YOUR NEW LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONAL