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Before Choosing a Lawn Service, Ask These Critical Questions

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

The tales of illegitimate lawn services read like something out of a police report: outrageous fees, incomplete work, stolen lawn equipment. The list goes on and on. But if you know what to look for, you'll find it easy to select a lawn service that does the job right and charges a fair price. Here's how.

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Choosing the right lawn service isn't something that should be taken lightly. If you care about your property but don't have the time or energy to keep it up yourself, you'll need the help of a reputable lawn service company. But before you go calling the first one you see in the phone book, read these simple tips to ensure you get a lawn service company that will deliver what they promise.
  • Ask for References. The lawn service that you are considering should have a track record of satisfied customers. They should also be able to produce the contact information for their past clients. Get this information and check it thoroughly. Call them and ask them what kind of job your potential lawn service did on their lawn.
  • Get a Free Estimate. If the company you are considering charges fees for an estimate, then you know something is fishy. If a lawn service company really wants your business, they'll be happy to take a look at your property and give you a quote for the work. And the quote should be very close to the actual price.
  • Firm Work Schedule. When it comes to actually completing the job, your lawn service should be able to set and stick to a strict work schedule based on your needs. If you request that they work when you are or are not home, they should comply.
  • Single Contact. Finally, if you have any problems with the service, they should provide a single point of contact to address your concerns. Preferably, that point of contact should be someone at the home office and not one of the service personnel. Many an argument has started with homeowners expressing displeasure with workers on site.
This advice might sound like common sense, but busy homeowners who don't investigate each of these issues are often the ones who suffer the most problems. Being proactive can increase your chances of a pleasant experience and a beautiful lawn.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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