How to find landscaping companies near me

Leave landscaping to the professionals

Landscaping Companies Near Me

A lot of people will tell you, “anyone can do landscaping it’s easy”.  My answer is “yeah right!! Like in any skill, you have people that can produce something that could be called landscaping. It takes an expert to produce outstanding results every time.

In today’s climate, it seems like every man and his dog, have suddenly become professional landscapers or professional block paving companies. I can tell you, that some of the jobs I have seen over the years have brought tears to my eyes. Especially when I have found out how much the clientele have paid for the substandard work. They could have had, the same work, carried out professionally, for the same cost or even cheaper in some cases.

You might be thinking “what makes me a good judge of what’s good or not”?

Let me tell you that I have over 35 years of experience in the industry and at times at the cutting edge of new technology. I am from the era of giving the customer what they pay for and more. You can probably guess and I am proud to say I am known as “old school” and yes, I think that gives me the right to class myself as an expert.

 

Always putting Quality before Quantity with Landscaping Companies Near Me

Staying in business for this long certainly didn’t mean putting the pound first before doing great jobs for customers. I have seen and rectified enough bad jobs from these cowboys to last me a life time. I know the clients are slightly to blame some of the time but they are only trying to save money, like we all do. but it can end up costing a lot more in the long run.

 

Tips for finding good reliable landscaping companies

Always when looking for professionals make sure you pick ones that have landline phone numbers and not just mobile numbers. The reason is, that at least landline numbers are tied to property that has an address that should give more security.

Ask them how long they have been in business and how many years’ experience they and their work force have. Also remember that a job is only as good as the people carrying out the work

Get the proposed professional to tell you how he is going to carry out the work, even if you don’t know what on earth they are on about and not just the price. This is something I always do and also, I watch the clients face and when I see they don’t know what I am saying, I stop and explain until they do.

Another good tip is to make sure they look at you straight in the eye. They talk to your face without looking away too much. People who are a bit dodgy to say the least, or are not telling the truth tend to look away from you

Ask the right questions to landscaping companies near me

Ask for addresses and phone numbers of clients they carried out work for recently and some time ago if possible. If they give excuses of why they can’t do this then do not entertain them at all. This is a great big warning sign.

I will let out one of my secrets to you. It is, that I absolutely love people asking me for previous work addresses.  I know, that if they go and visit the property and talk to the owners, that I am just about guaranteed to get the job as they make wonderful sales people.

Just think about it. If you have had work carried out for you, that is really good, what would you do? I think you would be singing the praises of the professionals that carried out that work.

Am I right or wrong?

Unless it is a really simple job, always get the quotation in writing with the process of works. They should include depths, materials and start and finish dates if possible. I try to give a start date but usually with a plus or minus date of 3 days subject to weather conditions.

Make sure that everything is included in that quote such as waste chargers or material costs. You need the one final sum of the work being carried out but be warned sometimes unexpected problems do occur and will carry extra costs.

Use these tips and information for all your jobs in or outside your house. Whether it is for landscaping or even painting your house.

So go and find Landscaping Companies Near Me

Achieving higher standards

 

Ted

We have been the only approved contractor for many of our clients ranging between 5 and 20 years plus. Not bad for a landscape company to brag about in today’s climate, hey!!

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What is the secret formula to our success in our commercial landscape maintenance?

 

We put our success into working with companies down to being an ‘old school’ family run business that still prides itself with customer satisfaction.

 

When we go out on site to meet the clients we are always on time if not a couple of minutes early, but not to early. If we are going to be late because we have been held up by maybe traffic or roadworks, even if it is only five minutes we always ring the client to let them know. There is nothing worse than having people turn up late, we know as this is one of our biggest bug bearers.

 

When you meet the client make sure you confirm their name and yours.

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So it would be something like “John Doe? Hi I am Ted Wosko A-Z Landscapes & Contract Services Ltd, nice to meet you” this is done to start making a connection between yourselves.

 

Once the conversation starts about the project, just listen to what the client is telling you and do not interrupt. If it is several different areas or types work then before you move on to the next one, that is the time to talk, confirming that you know what the client needs and expectations are.

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If at this point you have suggestions because you can see a better or alternative way of doing things this is the time to speak up. Saying something like “Is there any particular reason you would like it carried out like this or may we make a suggestion that we think would be a lot easier and you would end up with a better finished product”

 

Why are we doing this? Some people (and we have dealt with some but not many) do not intend to listen to what you have to say. By saying “May”, you are asking them for their permission to allow you to make suggestions.

 

By doing this we have never been refused the chance to make those suggestions, also you make more of a connection and build trust with that person. When you start making your suggestion you should say “in my experience I would do it like this”. You are confirming to the client that you are the expert and that is why you are there to help them.

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It’s Funny because my very first meeting with Grayson Palmer from Duncan Clark and Beckett nearly resulted with me walking away from this prospective project. He was almost rude and when I did try to speak I was cut short but I thought ‘bite your tongue’.

 

At the end Grayson turned round and said “you have made some good, sound suggestions, I am not used to people I deal with making suggestions, usually they follow my directions. What you have said has made complete sense so before you quote for this work can we go over your ideas and suggestions and I would then like you to quote on all the ones that we agree on”.

 

This took me by surprise, but as you will read we were very successful with our quotation and this lead to us being awarded this very large project. It also led to Grayson and myself becoming very good friends and both respecting each other for our own particular knowledge.

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We also carried out phase two of this project and one other as a nominated subcontractor, this was only because we do not generally do door and threshold alterations. Although I ended up making and helping the carpenter to do these alterations as he had not come up against wheelchair friendly thresholds before. In hindsight I think we would have been better off being the main contractor and getting our own subcontract carpenter.

 

As you have just read, we work well with companies and clients by listening and making suggestions and this is backed up by the amount of testimonials we have from our clients. Go check them out for yourself if you haven’t already by clicking

Testimonials.

 

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Commercial Paving

A Commercial Paving Project

This was a project in Sudbury Park carried out for Suffolk County Council. We had to replace the old crazy paving path that had been patched and repaired just too many times, with a coloured,cobblestone patterned imprinted concrete. This work was spread out and installed over a three year period to allow spare finances to pay for it.

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It was a real pleasure to carry out this work because of the surroundings we were working in. I want you to read the next paragraph and imagine you are standing beside me.

The time of year was the end of April beginning of May, so all the foliage was really blossoming out after their winter retreat. The sun was shinning, birds were singing with butterflies fluttering around. It was like working in our very own little paradise.

As you can see sometimes we are rewarded in different ways.

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Now, better bring you back to the job in hand. After we barricaded the working area off from the general public, we proceeded in taking up and removing all the crazy paving from the section we were going to replace.

The old path varied in width, so in reality wasn’t very practical for use in a public place. We set the edging form work up to a unified width, even when going around corners or mirandering along the route of the path

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After compacting the ground down the concrete was poured, levelled and screeded. The surface had a coloured hardening topping applied and then floated into the surface with a trowel finish. The whole area was then covered in plastic sheeting and then the cobble edging was formed by tapping the G-tool into the concrete. The main cobble pattern was then formed, again by tapping in the cobble moulds. An expansion joint was cut into the surface using a bolster every 10 feet (3mt). The plastic sheeting was then removed in sections and the surface was brushed and trowel finished.

The new path was allowed to dry. The surface then had 2 coats of sealer sprayed over. This was allowed to dry and then the joints were grouted with screed mix.

All form work was then removed and the site left clean and tidy. Last minute checks carried out of site and then re-opened to the public, another great job completed.

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As you can see the end result for this commercial paving speaks for it’s self.