We cannot shun away from the fact that there are thousands of people in the market who pretend to be the best landscapers in the market, while in reality, they know nothing about landscaping.
Today, these people have developed different vices that help them appear like professionals, including having great offices, high-ranking websites, and using a wide range of marketing strategies to persuade their target audiences.
Fake landscapers are too shrewd, such that they even get more clients than those who have years of experience in the industry.
If you make a mistake and hire masquerades, you might receive a shoddy service, or pay for a service that will never be rendered.
Below are a few methods you can use to escape being scammed by fake landscaping experts:
Never hire a landscaper who doesn’t have licenses and insurances
If a landscaper cannot prove that he is licensed and insured, avoid him like plague.
By having licenses, it means that the authorities have entrusted a business to offer goods or services to its citizenry. By virtual of not having them, a landscaper simply tells you that he is engaged in questionable business dealings, and that’s the reason why he doesn’t want to be recognised by the government. It also reveals that the landscaper evades taxes; therefore scamming you is not a big deal.
Not having insurances means that the landscaper doesn’t care about your safety and that of your property and household. He is only interested in making money, and if any mishap happens during a service, you are the one who will take responsibility.
If a landscaper cannot provide documents that show he is licensed and insured, don’t have any more discussions with them.
Avoid landscapers who demand pay before delivering the service
Essentially, you need to pay for landscaping after a service has been rendered. However, there are those landscapers who will ask for a down payment, or force you to pay the entire amount before they even understand your needs. If the landscaper you are talking to is doing this, kindly get out and look for another one. There are high chances that he will run away with your money without delivering any services.
Don’t work with a landscaper who doesn’t offer a free quote
Every landscaper you go to should give you a free, no-obligation quote, this means that even if you decide to hire another landscaper to offer the services, you will not pay a single cent to all those who gave you an estimate.
If a landscaper is not honest with his quote, or charges you a fee to get it, this is a red flag that he is a masquerade who is likely to run away with your hard-earned money.
Avoid landscapers who are too cheap
There are lots of costs that landscapers incur to make your outdoor space look gorgeous. This include machinery, tools, and labour. Therefore, it doesn’t make sense when a landscaper gives you a quote that’s too good to be true. If you proceed and hire a cheap landscaper, there are chances that you will be given poor services, or no services at all.
Other things you should do to avoid being scammed include;
- Don’t hire a landscaper who is not accredited
- Never work with a landscaper who is not a member of a professional body
- Do not work with a landscaper who hasn’t gone through formal training
- Make sure the landscapers you shortlist display high levels of professionalism, which include being unformed, and having branded fleets.