St. Louis, Mo., April 8, 2014 – Homeowners looking for help revamping lawns and landscaping after the ravages of a harsh winter can find trusted contractors with help from Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Free BBB Business Reviews provide background on thousands of local companies, including how they handle complaints and how long they’ve been in business. And the BBB Request A Quote option (accessible from BBB reviews or the BBB Accredited Business directory) allows you to request information directly from BBB Accredited Businesses.
“As the weather warms and lawns turn green, many people are anxious to clean up their yards and get them in shape for spring and summer,” said Michelle L. Corey, BBB President & CEO. “Before you seek a bid, a consumer should check a company’s background. BBB Business Reviews are a great resource.”
Consumers can avoid hassles by considering their budget and any deadlines they have for completing a project. Ask contractors whether they have done work nearby, and ask for addresses so you can inspect the work and ask other homeowners about their experience working with the company.
If you’re hiring a lawn service company for the season, make sure you and the lawn service have clear, written expectations for what the company will provide for the agreed-upon fees. Does the lawn need reseeding? Do you expect the company to sweep up clippings or do you want them left on the lawn to enrich the soil? Are there areas of the yard where extra care is needed to protect landscaping plants?
The BBB offers the following advice to help consumers find a lawn care or landscaping company:
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