A good landscape can totally transform a house or business. It can even increase its value. But, creating and maintaining a landscape requires a lot of time, money and effort. Choosing a landscaping firm is an important part of the process. This is because it can determine whether or not you like what you see at the end of it.
A landscaping job is, more often than not, as good as the professionals doing the project. If you want an excellently done landscaping job in Kenya, then you should only settle for a reputable company in the country like Appeala Landscaping Kenya. Here are 13 of the most important qualities of a good landscaper.
1. Easily Accessible – Important Quality of a Landscaping Company
A Kenyan company that has been in business for quite some time can be easily found in the local directory. However, these days it is almost compulsory for serious landscaping businesses to have some form of online presence. This can be a website, or a social media page. If the landscaping company you want is hard to find, then it is not wise to hire them.
2. Good Working Relationship
A good landscaper is someone that you can have a good working relationship with. They should be creative, courteous, and have good communication skills. It is important to have a comfortable and approachable relationship with them. This is because they will be around you, your home and your family a lot. If you can find someone with all of these qualities of a good landscaper, you should have no problem maintaining your landscape.
Working with a single, dedicated point person at the company you have chosen will make a world of difference. This is especially when it comes to ensuring your goals, needs and budget concerns are heard loud and clear. A dedicated client care specialist will learn all the ins and outs of your property. This makes it easier for them to offer you effective feedback, planning and solutions to other projects.
You and your landscaper should share goals concerning things like timelines, money, and style. You want to ensure that your landscaper isn’t just good, but is a good fit for you and your needs. Make sure you discuss what you want. While talking about things like time and money can be awkward, it’s important to ensure that you and your landscaper are on the same page.
3. Skilled Personnel – One of the Top Qualities of a Landscaping Firm
Speaking of workers, you will want to be sure that the landscaper you choose has enough staff to respond to a service request. Unlike quacks, a good landscaping firm in Kenya can efficiently handle a high volume of clients.
All properties come with their own unique parameters, needs and crises. An experienced landscaping company rarely encounters a new situation and has skilled technicians. Younger companies often have a higher number of novice workers who may not be able to tackle a complicated project.
4. Fully Equipped and Sustainable Methods
If you have a clear picture of how you want your lawn to look, then any good landscaper will find it easy to execute. However, if the landscaper does not have access to equipment for the task, the outcome will surely not satisfy you. Make sure to confirm that the firm is fully equipped for the task at hand.
There is a great deal of value in keeping a large fleet of maintenance equipment. This equipment should be up to date and in good condition. You don’t want the riding mower breaking down when the job is half finished.
When it comes to sustainability, low-emission mowers, smart irrigation and drought tolerant plantings are some of the things to consider. Anyone can mow and blow, spray some chemicals and call it a day. Any Kenyan company that implements eco-friendly, cleaner, safer and cost-neutral methods can be considered sustainable.
5. Skilled, Knowledgeable and Certified
All landscapers undergo some form of education that is relevant to their trade. The vital insights, practical skills, and useful knowledge they learn concerning landscaping is important for your specific project. Furthermore, a certified contractor in Kenya meets the legal requirements for handling any project.
Landscape architects should be from a professional company. They should have at least a Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture or related qualification from an accredited university. They should be associated with a professional bodies and with insurance and other legal requirements.
6. Insured and Drug – Free Workforce
While safety might not top your list when it comes to what you need from a landscape contractor, it shouldn’t be ignored. A landscaping company should have workers insurance and liability insurance. Kenyan contractors with liability insurance will cover any property damage or injuries incurred while working on your property.
On the side of drugs, if employees are impaired by drugs and alcohol, there is a good chance your crew’s quality of work will take a significant hit. When you are vetting potential landscape contractors, make sure they enforce a zero tolerance drug policy.
A good landscaper will have a good reputation! Word of mouth is a great way to gauge a landscaper’s reputation. Ask trusted friends and neighbors for referrals. You can also look at reviews online, but be wary. If you want to ensure that online reviews are honest, call a few reviewers directly. You can also talk with them about their experience with the landscaper.
8. Impressive Previous Work and Experience
You cannot afford to ignore any work that the landscaper had done in the past. This work is regarded hard evidence of what their company can and cannot do. Gain access to as many pictures of previous work. Gain also access to personal testimonies from their past and present clients for you to get a clear picture of what to expect.
Experience is another great indicator of the quality of a landscaper in Kenya and across the world. Not only how long they have been in business, but what their portfolio looks like. Ask to view their portfolio of past projects. Make sure also they meet your standards and goals for what you want in your landscape.
If you have ever applied for a job, most employers ask you to submit three references. I encourage you to do the same thing in your search for a new landscaper. Visit the clients of the company you are considering. Walk around their properties. Ask them direct questions on reliability, conflicts and appearance. Ask them also about quality of work and communication.
9. Different Specializations
It is common to find landscaping companies that specialize in different aspects of the job. Some companies in Kenya specialize in lighting, others in paving, while some are into building pools and ponds.
Sun to snow, do you consider your current landscaper a single source service provider? From grounds maintenance to snow and ice removal to landscape design and build, it’s important to introduce some consistency to your landscape. Making sure your next landscape contractor offers a full suite of seasonal services will do just that.
10. Financially Sound
When a company is struggling financially, it is only a matter of time when taking shortcuts becomes the norm. How would you feel if the shortcuts came at your property’s expense? Financially stable companies have better access to quality materials and the newest equipment. They also have a higher caliber labor pool and landscape design capabilities.
11. Full of Sound Advice
The company that you should settle for in Kenya should offer you sound advice on how to take care of your lawn. This is especially important when choosing the type of plants, flowers, and other décor in your garden.
12. Fleet and Employee Uniforms – Looking Sharp
They say you only get one chance to make a first impression. And that’s why an attractive landscape is so important to you. The same should be said for the appearance of the company you hire. From the fleet to the uniforms, a tidy and identifiable crew is the golden standard and often a direct reflection of your property. When they look sharp, you look sharp and vice versa.
You cannot afford to ignore the cost aspect in a landscaping project. This is because there are companies in Kenya that charge too high while others are suspiciously cheap.
But do not compromise on the quality of the project by solely basing your decision on the cost. This is why you need to come up with a reasonable and clear budget. Some high-end companies will offer you a number of attractive services after the project is through.
Appeala Landscaping Kenya possesses all these qualities and other attributes. This makes it a leading landscaping company in Kenya. We can also supply and install flower plants, landscaping plants and fruit plants. In addition, we can also supply vegetable crop seedlings, cut flowers and lawn grass, among other plants.
Contact us for any landscaping project.