The first step in creating an elegant, drought-resistant lawn is selecting the right turf for your application. After that, it’s time to decide which installation method to go with. While some homeowners choose to go the DIY route and install their own lawns, many people opt to go the route of hiring a professional installer.
If you decide to go with a professional artificial grass installer, you’ll want to make sure the person or company you hire is top notch. At Purchase Green, we work with a network of trusted installers and are always more than happy to put you in touch with a contractor who can help you get the job done right.
If you would prefer to find an artificial grass installer on your own, we’ve put together a few guidelines and recommendations that you can take into account when shopping around.
Licensed and Insured
One of the first questions to ask, before even asking for an estimate, is whether the installer has a current Contractor’s License.
In the state of California, any contract work that totals over $500 requires a license for it to be performed legally. You’ll want a contractor who has either a C-27 Landscaping License or a D-12 Synthetic Products License, or both.
By law, a contractor is required to show their license number on marketing materials and if you suspect license fraud, or cross paths with a contractor who has violated the law, you can contact the Contractors State License Board at (562) 345-7600.
Using a licensed contractor guarantees the expertise of the laborers and provides you with the peace of mind that comes with insurance, because a licensed contractor will have insurance that protects your property and home in the case that a mishap occurs. If a contractor performs work without a license, you could end up being liable for any problems or issues that arise while they are on your property.
Possessing a license alone won’t guarantee the quality of a contractor’s work which is why asking for referrals is so important. An experienced installer should have no problem providing you with the contact information of recent customers who are satisfied and willing to attest to the quality of the their work.
While it’s important to hire an expert, all the referrals in the world will not ensure that a contractor is, in fact, executing a project themselves. This is why you’ll want to find out if the person who is the expert installer will actually be the one who is on-site to direct the installation process. Discuss this aspect of the project with your contractor before work begins.
Documented and Organized
Pay attention to the little things. Is the contractor you’re considering organized? Do they do what they say they’re going to do: email you back, return calls and show up on time? Invoices should be on time, organized, and easy to understand. Warranties and other documentation should likewise be delivered when they’re promised, and arrive in a standardized manner.
As is true with any installation or home remodeling project, getting the most out of your artificial grass purchase is a matter of finding trustworthy consultants to perform the installation. Let Purchase Green save you time and ask us for an installer referral today!