There are many ways to raise the value of your home. One of these ways is to invest in lawn care. A well-maintained property will always hold a significantly higher value than a home that looks unkempt. And well, a nice lawn is one of the first things that prospective buyers (assuming you intend to sell your home at some point later on) are going to see.
On that note, it’s easy to see why many people would want to opt to have their lawns professionally designed and maintained. And that’s a good thing because it brings business to those who work in the landscaping business.
But, despite this opportunity to make money in an honest manner, there are still those who instead opt to put one over people for their gain. And this will often mean that victims are left with substandard work.
Now, what are the signs of a potential scam that you should look out for if you’re getting a landscaping project done?
#1 Lack of Referrals
A fraudulent landscaper is going to come up with excuses as to why they cannot provide you with any references. A lack of references can only mean two things. Either they’re new to the business and they lack experience or they are unable to provide the desired results. Either way, you wouldn’t want to work with them, especially if you want guaranteed results.
Now, it’s understandable that there are a lot of businesses that are just starting out, but if you truly want to play it safe, you need to have a point of reference upon which to base how a landscaper performs.
A contractor with a good reputation will always have references ready as proof of the quality of their work.
If you’re in the market for a reputable landscaping contractor, check online for reviews and recommendations. Whether you’re in Phoenix, AZ or Denver, CO, look for a landscaper that will tailor their services to match the environment they are going to be working in.
#2 Lack of Vital Identifying Documents
Landscaping companies, regardless of whether they’re new to the field or not, need to have proper identifying documents, permits, and other types of paperwork that would ensure the legality of their operations.
Any company worth their reputation will also have a portfolio handy. If they’re proud of the work they do, they’re not going to be shy to brag about it a little.
#3 Unnecessary Pressure From the Landscaper
Always be wary of any attempts to manipulate you into spending more than you should. There will be landscaping contractors who will point out the flaws in your lawn rather fervently and those who will try to push you into opting for lawn improvements that you’d rather not have.
They will even try to use cheesy marketing techniques by telling you that you’re getting these extra (but unnecessary) services at a “limited discounted price”.
Stay firm, know what you want to happen and stick with it. A genuine contractor will know that they are only limited to making suggestions.
#4 Landscaper Asks For Cash Upfront Without Paperwork
As a general rule, you should never shell out cash before any paperwork is done. Contracts are the prime source of security that ensures that both parties fulfill their obligations.
If a landscaper asks you for money even before any contracts are made, then you’re only giving away money for free without having any means to force them to finish the task they agreed to perform.
What are you doing to make sure you don’t get caught in this scam?