Whether you want to increase curb appeal before selling your home or give your lawn a spruce up before summer, a landscaper can help you achieve the home of your dreams. Ann Arbor MI winters can be brutal on your plants and lawn, but a landscaper can retool your dreary, dull yard into a beautiful, luscious wonderland for your children and pets to play in. Here are some tips for hiring a landscaper:

Landscaping in the garden

1. Make sure the landscaping company you hire is licensed
In the state of Michigan, companies calling themselves “Landscape Architects” must be properly licensed by the State of Michigan. In order to prevent potential trouble, you should ask the company if they are licensed, or call the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Commercial Services at (517)241-9288.

2. If you live in the city of Ann Arbor MI, make sure all of your projects are up to code
During the winter, all homeowners are required to clear snow and ice off of sidewalks. If you do not want to clear it off yourself, you can hire most lawn care and landscaping companies to do it for you, at a small fee. In addition, if you are building anything for your landscaping project, you must check the Ann Arbor MI city code which can be found online at The City of Ann Arbor’s website.

3. Check reviews online before you hire a professional
Most headaches can be avoided when hiring landscaping professionals by checking reviews online before you hire a company. A great site for this is Yelp.com because reviews are left by previous customers.

4. Meet with the company before you hire them to work on your home
Before you hire a company to make your perfect yard or garden, be sure to meet with them so you can get a quote and a feel for what the company is like. If they do not have an office, meet with a representative at a coffeeshop or similar place.

5. Check with the Better Business Bureau
The most reliable company for reviews is the Better Business Bureau, found online at BBB.org. The Better Business Bureau has been around for more than 100 years, and is the go to source for reviews on landscaping companies. If a company has a low grade on BBB (C- or below) it is best to avoid them, or at least take caution when dealing with them.

6. Get quotes from multiple companies
Before you hire a specific professional, you should get quotes from multiple companies to ensure you are getting the best value for your money. Many times, the lowest price is not the company that you will want to go with. You have to take into account craftsmanship and ability.

If you follow all of these tips, it is almost guaranteed that your experience with a Landscaping professional will be a good one, and your lawn or garden will look beautiful and have much more curb appeal in no time flat!

Get your yard looking its absolute best with custom landscaping solutions from Twin Oaks. Find us online at https://www.twinoakslandscape.biz/, visit us in Ann Arbor, MI at 4100 South Maple Road, or call us at (734) 213-6911.