At some point in the lifespan of every property owner, you reach a high level of satisfaction with your lawn, plant material, and accent flowers. Mature and trimmed trees and shrubs provide privacy, while your lush lawn screams professional care to all those who walk by. However, after enjoying the beautiful scenery for a while, you cannot help but want more. This is understandable, and most property owners take a similar next step. Adding hardscapes to your property just makes sense. Outdoor patios, paved walkways, and backyard fire pits are just a few of the many options to choose from. Unlike other landscaping objectives, these absolutely require a professional, and it can be tough to choose. This blog will discuss the hiring of the right hardscape contractor.
Full-Service Hardscape Offerings
Now, when it comes to choosing any company to work on your landscape, we always recommend using a company that offers a full range of services. Specifically for hardscapes, we will narrow this down to a full range of hardscaping services. It should be a huge red flag if your company can only offer patios or just fire pits. Any quality hardscape contractor will have the staffing and equipment to perform any hardscaping job. You also want to work with a large landscaper rather than a local mom and pop which will be a tossup on quality. At ERG Services, we offer patios, walkways, fire pits, retaining walls, outdoor kitchens, and even fireplaces. This is because we have installed them all before, leading to our next section.
Experience and Certifications
When it comes to a hardscape installation, it is vital that it be done by an experienced professional. The quality of the installation will determine how durable it is long term. This is especially important with hardscapes, as cracking can become a problem, and with poorly constructed fire features, safety becomes an issue. You should always give your contractors a call, question them about their experience, and how it applies to your job. Any good contractor will be more than happy to provide you with due diligence, and perhaps even references to other clients or reviews. We have our number everywhere, from this blog to our website, feel free to give us a call.
Committed to Communication
The worst contractor in the world, especially for hardscapes, is one that does not communicate. Whether it be infrequent, after hours, or just late, this can be a huge annoyance. Everything from the initial consultation to job site updates, to questions about potential issues, should run directly through a dedicated point of contact. This account manager should be able to let you know exactly when staff will be on-site, when they will be done, the timeline of your job, and pricing. Without this dedication to communication, the job is sure to get messy. It goes without saying that we are committed to communication at ERG.
If you want your outdoor living experience to go well beyond the ordinary without even leaving your yard, we’re the landscape firm that can take you there. Environmental Resources Group has provided world-class commercial landscaping and grounds maintenance services for many businesses and institutions in the D.C. Metro Area. Give us a call today at (301) 570-3070.