Archive for May, 2010

How to find the right landscape contractor

May 1st, 2010 Contract Smart No comments

Denver  Landscaper Contract

9 News in Denver recently posted a great article on selecting the right contractor for your landscaping project.

“To find potential contractors, network through people you know and also go to and click on Find a Pro where you can search for contractors who do specific work in your area.

Check out professionalism. Ask prospective contractors how long they have been in business. This will indicate their knowledge about Colorado’s climate and environmental conditions. Ask what certifications their staff have achieved they and the professional organizations they belong to. Find out if they will use subcontractors and be sure to get proof of liability and workers’ compensation insurance. Also ask what local licenses and permits will be required to do your work.

Get references. Look at other jobs they have done. Then call those clients and ask specific questions about the company’s responsiveness, how they handled it if something went wrong on the job and would they work with this contractor again. This information can help you narrow down the choices.

Finally, get it in writing. Make sure you get a landscape design and the related specifications for the work. This is essentially an outline of what you are buying. Also, make sure you have a signed contract with the landscape contractor that spells out the complete scope of work, how and when payments are due and how disputes will be resolved, if they occur.

When you take the time to follow these steps, you will be well on your way to getting the quality and value you want from your landscape investment.”

All this sounds good, except for one problem. Most landscaper’s don’t have a contract that meets local laws and regulations, nor do they provide a detailed scope of work that clearly defines how and when payments are due.

Fortunately, there is Contract Smart. We provide a personalized contract that is neutral to both parties and adheres to local laws.   It includes a scope of work where each task is itemized along with the specific materials that will be used during the project.  The scope of work uses payment milestones, meaning the contractor is paid only after each task is completed, thus avoiding large swings of leverage and risk. Finally, dispute resolution, such as arbitration and exit clauses are built into the contract, so everyone is protected throughout the project.

So, before you select a contractor, ask them if they use Contract Smart.  It’s the smart thing to do.

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