Who are the best landscapers in the Upstate of South Carolina?
Do you live in the Upstate and feel that there are so many landscapers that it's hard to decide who to use? It’s no secret that there are several landscaping companies in our area. We know it can get confusing sometimes and you don't want to make the wrong decision on hiring the right outdoor contractor. That's why we have created a comprehensive list of our competitors that are worth looking at. Whether you're looking for someone to build your dream outdoor kitchen, you want great lawn care or maybe just some spring flowers, we have taken the pain points out of finding the right company! If you choose to go with our company that is fantastic, but if not, we want you to get quality and dependable service from another company.
The first step you will want to take is determining if your contractor has a good track record and reputation. (Check out our contractor checklist here.) Then, you will want to do your own research to determine if they are a right fit for you and specialize in what you are wanting.
For example, we at All Outdoors specialize in lawn care, landscaping and outdoor living projects. We can complete full lawn care and landscape projects. We can also build your outdoor dream oasis--from the perfect small patio to a full outdoor kitchen or fire pit. If you're looking for a concrete expert, seasonal flower expert or installing a killer water feature, we are probably not the best fit. We would be happy to help you get in touch with the right people if you need that help!
Ideally you are going to want to hire the contractor that will work the best for your needs and can help you achieve your outdoor dreams.
While we would like to believe that we are the best in everything we do, we always recommend checking out other businesses to make sure that you get exactly what you are looking for with the company that fits your needs best. We respect our competition because they are great at what they do! We have provided the top 7 companies in the Upstate to help you find the perfect contractor to help you with your outdoor needs.
PLEASE NOTE: The list of the Upstate's Top Landscape Professionals is based on online reviews, real customer feedback, knowledge of the industry and is provided in no particular order. No company was paid or received anything for being on this list.
Hiring a contractor can be hard because there are so many things to look for. If you choose too quickly without doing your research you may be burned by a dishonest contractor. Don’t let that happen! Be sure you know what to look for.
Reputable companies book months in advance. If you find a contractor who has a wide open schedule, this should be a huge red flag. Reputable contractors are normally booked at least two months in advance. This is why you should always plan ahead for landscape projects!
Don’t hire the cheapest contractor you find! Of course, you want to get the best deal, but it is important to find out why you are being quoted a certain price. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Good contractors know the quality of their work and what they are worth. Always check around and get quotes from several contractors. Weigh the pros and cons of each contractor and consider all factors before making a decision.
Last, but not least make sure that you know the safety of the contractor and their company! A good contractor will have a safety plan with procedures. They will have safe equipment for their team. They will also carry insurance that protects themselves and you if any accidents occur! This is another very important thing to ask your contractor before hiring.
We hope that this will help you the next time that you are hiring a contractor. We always strive to uphold all of these standards here at ALL Outdoors. Give us a call for your next project!
By: Hannah Raines
Copyright ALL Outdoors 2020
Do you ever wonder what licensed, bonded, and insured means? We get questions about that every year. Anyone can say they are licensed, bonded, and insured, but are they really? Lets dig deep so you know what RED FLAGS to look for and what to ask a contractor when hiring? Spoiler Alert, this is a long post with a lot of good information.
You can hold a license for a specific field of work by the state, county, or city. This varies depending on where you live. For a state license in South Carolina you can check to see if someone has the proper license by going to the South Carolina LLR site. This site is super important if you were renovating a house, hiring an accountant, going to the dentist, as well as many other occupations that have to be licensed to do work in South Carolina. Unfortunately lawn care, landscaping, and outdoor living projects for the most part do not require any kind of license. A license is required for forestry and only applies if you are logging wood, it does not apply to your standard tree service company. The other license required for outdoor work is landscape architects. Everything else is not covered in any state license. So why are tree companies and lawn care companies saying they are licensed to work? Some are lying and some are using loose wording to say they hold a license to do work in a city. For example, ALL Outdoors holds a license in the City of Greer to do work. This means nothing for you as the client. I did not get training, they didn't check out my company, I didn't take any test from Greer City to show I am qualified to do the work I am doing. This means I pay a percentage of my gross sales to do work in the city. Nothing too it, all about the money. Many other cities require this too, but it is nothing to you the homeowner. So if you are looking to hire someone to mow your lawn, take out trees, or build a retaining wall or patio they don't need a license; although there are other things you need to check.
On a side note if someone in this line of work said they are licensed, bonded, and insured, I would say RED FLAG. If they are lying or using loose wording here, I will be willing to bet they will lie about other things.
Big RED FLAGS should go up right away if any lawn care, landscaping, tree services, or outdoor living business says they are bonded. First there are many different kinds of bonds that apply to different businesses. We are not going into detail about that, but a typical bond normally covers large projects up to a million dollars. For example in the home renovation business you pay a contractor 50,000 to redo your kitchen. In simple terms this bond will insure that your kitchen gets done even if the contractor skips town or can't finish the project for some reason. You don't need a bond in lawn care, if your lawn care contractor stops coming, you just hire someone else. This is the same for tree and landscaping companies, they don't come you just hire someone else. One thing I should note here is to NEVER PAY for any service upfront that does not require material. For example don't pay for lawn care service for the entire season upfront. This is a RED FLAG that they don't know how to manage money. Most lawn care companies that offer discounts for upfront payment for the entire season go out of business. I have seen this happen time and time again. Don't pay for tree work before it is performed or finished. If material, such as mulch, pavers, retaining wall block, etc, is required most contractors will ask for 50% deposit upfront. This is a standard practice and you should pay; but make sure to check prior work and get at least 4 references before paying the deposit fee for material. Some outdoor living companies are bonded, but it is not standard practice. For me the bond is not important for building your outdoor dream, references are more important. I always tell clients what you don't see is more important that what you see. A contractor can be bonded and finish your project and your paver patio can start falling apart in a year. The bond will not cover this, as the project is over and was completed. This is caused by a improper base being installed under your patio, this is where references come in. Ask for older references and newer references so you can see how there work stands up to time.
This is the most important of the three. Insurance is required, and every lawn care, landscaping, and outdoor living company should have THREE kinds of insurance.
The first kind of insurance a company should have is general liability insurance. This insurance can be very costly for a company, but very important. General Liability will help to protect you the homeowner from a lawsuit if someone gets hurt. A few years ago I took a training class on safety and a great example was told on why you must have general liability and safety within your company. Somehow a screw driver was left in the grass on a property. The lawn care company came and mowed and did not see the screw driver in the grass. The mower hit the screw driver, it shot in the air and went through a car driving by, hitting the person driving, and killed them. The property owner was responsible because the lawn care company did not have general liability. Another story I heard from a neighbor was about hiring a painter. The painter fell and broke his arm. The painter had no general liability policy, and while the painter did not sue the homeowner, the hospital did. The homeowner lost and had to pay the painters medical bills. Another question I often hear is "Is it ok to let the kid down the street mow by lawn?" I would say no, unless that kid has general liability insurance. I have heard of lawsuits involving the kid down the street who got hurt or hurt someone else. Accidents happen, general liability protects the kid down the street from suing you. If the kid down the street wants to run a business, make sure they are running a legit business. I network with a kid who is now 16; he started his business when he was 14. He now has 4 employees, 2 trucks, and runs a great lawn care company. He is the kid down the street with general liability insurance and the one I would hire. General Liability is very important and all companies should have it. Ask all contractors you that do work on your property to provide you with a current copy of the policy. You can also ask that the insurance company to send you a direct copy of the policy.
The second type of insurance all contractors should have is workers comp. This insurance will protect you as the homeowner if one of the contractor's employees gets hurt on your property. Example, a tree company is cutting a tree down in your yard. An employee is not careful and gets cut by the chainsaw. If the companies does not have workers comp you as the homeowner are responsible for the employees medical bills. Your contractor should be able to have to provide you with a current copy of the worker comps policy and get the insurance company to send you a copy. Make sure any contractor you hire has a workers comp policy.
The third type of insurance all companies should have is automobile insurance. This policy normally doesn't effect homeowners, but it could. If your contractor pulls up at your house and accidentally hits your car, you, your house, you could be in a lawsuit because they have no automobile insurance. This is another insurance that you can ask for, but I wouldn't worry about it too much. If they provide you with general liability and workers comp policies, I would be willing to bet they have automobile insurance.
In conclusion the real questions you need to ask are...
By: Ashley Haynes
Copyright ALL Outdoors 2018
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