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Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Lawn Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with a Lawn Maintenance Service, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Lawn Maintenance Service commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Lawn Maintenance Service? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Lawn Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Lawn Maintenance Service - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Lawn Service at a fair price?First, decide on ALL product / service options. Compile a list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have at least 2 qualified pros complete detailed bids on the work. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifyable results. Download the Lawn Maintenance Service Hiring Guide for step-by-step details.
What should I expect to pay for Lawn Service?Most Lawn Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Lawn Maintenance Service ranges from $11 to $16. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Lawn Maintenance Service.
Do I need to use a licensed Lawn Maintenance Service for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?Lawn Service is commonly performed without a professional license.
Should I use an insured Lawn Maintenance Service for my project?Insurance is usually not required for or needed for Lawn Service.
Does my Lawn Maintenance Service need to be bonded?A bond is generally not required for Lawn Service.

Lawn Maintenance Service - Services

A Lawn Maintenance Service can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Lawn Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Lawn Maintenance Service - Finding and Hiring

Not every Lawn Maintenance Service has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Lawn Maintenance Service matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Lawn Maintenance Service to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Lawn Maintenance Service - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Lawn Maintenance Service. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Lawn Maintenance Service. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Lawn Maintenance Service's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:



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Lawn Maintenance Service Hiring Guide

How to hire a Lawn Maintenance Service

Use this notebook ready hiring guide to:

  • Find & hire great help
  • Get fair, complete bids
  • Get quality work
  • Make a strong contract

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