02 Nov 2017

Selecting the Right Company for Your Project

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These past few years have seen a resurgence in construction, both structures and landscape improvements. This new demand has put a great deal of strain on an already decimated skilled labor supply. Finding the right company to work for you is just as difficult and much more frustrating than most would like to endure. However, there are ways to manage this environment without the pain and suffering. Clearly there have been many articles and trade tips written to address these issues, so I will simply discuss the most important tips to live by. Think of this as a concise bit of advise from a friend that always tells the truth no matter the circumstances.

Number 1, patience is a virtue. Rome wasn’t built in a day and quite frankly neither will your project. If done properly, no matter the size, time must be taken to prepare your project to look its best upon completion. No one ever said I wish I took less time on vacation or before buying that clunker you call a vehicle. So, with that said, prepare yourself mentally for the road ahead. There are many obstacles to avoid and many more to come when your project starts. Be in it for the end game! You will be much happier writing that final check.

Two, be tenacious. Many in the contracting community have full voicemail boxes and are too busy working to answer the never stops ringing idiot box. Remember, many in the contracting community want to work for people who want them there doing what we do best, building. So, business is personal and personality goes a long way in attracting the best craftsman to your doorstep.

Number 3, utilize the umpire of the game. Many government agencies are doing their best to look out for homeowners. Agencies like Labor and Industries typically have online resources dedicated to evaluating your choices. Moreover, ask to see a work portfolio. Typically those pics will include work in progress images giving you a much clearer image, helping you with the first tip. Additionally, social media reviews and third party organizations like Houzz, Angies List, and Yelp can be useful resource. As a side note, read reviews with a logical mind. We can’t always make everyone happy and each experience is different.

Finally, insist on a well laid out plan. Part of our job is to educate you on the variables and how best they be dealt with to reach that final result. Never plan on planning as you go. Nothing really ever plays in real life the same as your plan. I always say: “plan for the worst and hope for the best.” That may sound horrible, but, in context, planning for the worst typically results in the best possible outcome. Always ask question about materials, methods, and experience utilizing the former. If you keep these four tips in mind the rest will fall into place naturally and you will find yourself prepared, educated and ready to enjoy your new space.


Kristian Nason
Erin Landscape & Masonry


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