Selecting the right contractor for your next outdoor project is not something you should take lightly.
Our members don't either.
They are committed to providing you with an accurate bid, quality service and continued maintenance if required. Ask the following of your current or your next contractor:
Are you licensed?
Each state has licensing requirements for companies that treat lawns for insects and weeds. The state also enforces insurance standards on licensed businesses (request a copy). Request the company’s or individual’s state pesticide license number to be sure you are dealing with a legal operator.
Understanding a bid.
Unless you know who you’re dealing with, get bids to compare prices and quality. Never hire a company that doesn’t first provide a detailed inspection and an accurate measurement of your lawn. Low measurements are used by unprofessional operators to provide a cheap price. Such deliberately under-measured lawns will invariably receive substandard service and inadequate material.
Does your company or individuals at your company hold any industry certfications?
This indicates a company's dedication to education and continued professional development. Though not a requirement, it does indicate a company's commitment to their customers and staff.
Be sure the company is affiliated with one or more professional lawn care associations. Professional organizations keep members informed on new developments in pest control methods, safety, training, research and regulation. Members agree to abide by a code of ethics. Affiliation with a professional group indicates the company strives for quality in its work.
Although a written guarantee is only as good as the company’s quality control program, it provides some assurance if you have a problem.
Most companies have a continuous service agreement. When starting service you may be authorizing the company to provide service to your lawn from season to season, and year to year, until you notify them to stop. Be aware of what you are buying and read the correspondence your service provides.
Beware of those companies who may discredit others in the interview process or seem to make exaggerated claims about what a treatment can accomplish. Be sure to ask for references.