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Questions to ask. Things to look for. Reasons to stay away!
You got a flyer on your door, you called a service and got an estimate. Before you sign on the dotted line, ask yourself these questions:
1. Are they a legal business?
Do they have a registered trade name with the state in which you reside? It is law in the state of Colorado: EVERY business must have a registered trade name with the state. This is public information and you can go on the state's website and do a search on their DBA (doing business as) name and see. If they don't, you probably don't want to do business with them.
2. How long have they been in business?
Just because they haven't been in business very long, doesn't necessarily mean they are not a legitimate business. IF they have years of experience working for other reputable companies. Maybe they just recently made the move to start their own business. But if they just started yesterday and don't have previous experience in the industry, you probably want to stay away.
3. Are they registered with the Better Business Bureau?
Just because they aren't registered with the BBB doesn't necessarily mean they're not a legitimate business. It is very expensive to register with them and maybe they just can't afford it yet, BUT you can do a search on their business on the BBB website to see if there are any complaints there against them. I always do a check with the BBB when considering using a new business that I'm not familiar with.
4. Are they licensed?
You must be licensed with the Colorado Department of Agriculture to legally apply pesticides for hire in the state of Colorado. A pesticide is any chemical used to rid you of a pest. IE: herbicide: weed killer, insecticide: insect killer, fungicide: disease killer.
5. Do they carry insurance?
Any business must carry a minimum of at least one million dollars of liability insurance in the state of Colorado. This is in case they do major damage on your property or there is injury or death caused by them.
6. How much experience/knowledge do they have?
Do they know enough about lawn and tree care to accurately diagnose and make recommendations for the problems with your lawn and trees? You don't want to be paying them all kinds of money to do the applications and your lawn just continues to look worse and worse because they're not addressing the problems on your property. All they know how to do is the applications and that's it.
7. Do they guarantee their work?
Some things you can't guarantee such as seeding because good results depend on the client doing their part by following watering instructions and we have no control over that, but we can guarantee that the job will be done right the first time and to your satisfaction.
8. Why are their prices so much lower on some services such as aeration?
First, you must be sure you are comparing apples to apples. Do they carry liability insurance? Do they have a registered trade name with the state? Do they have the necessary licenses? A legal driver's license? Are they a legal citizen of the United States? If they do damage on your property will they fix it or replace it at no cost to you? If you pay $25 for your aeration and they do $250 worth of damage to your sprinkler system and won't fix it or replace it, YOU HAVEN'T SAVED MUCH HAVE YOU?! And, if necessary, get it in writing BEFORE they do the job!
9.Do they keep their word?
When they say they will be there on a certain day, do they show up? If not, do they give you a call to explain why not? Do they say they will do something and when it comes down to it, they won't? Do they quote you one price then bill you for more? How is their integrity? Are they a man of their word? Do they return your calls? How soon?
10. Do they use safe products?
Are they concerned with the health and safety of you? Your children? Your pets? The environment? The public? Your property? Do they list on the invoice they leave you: products used? Any precautions? Special instructions? EPA registration numbers in case of emergency? Their contact information? Your contact information? They should because IT'S THE LAW!!!