Check company credentials on the web. Doing a simple search and confirming that they are not using a separate website to funnel clients to another company that only wants to sell you improvements that you do not need.
- Check that the listed address does not correspond to another company
- Check that the telephone (if any) is answered by the company you are calling
- Check that any offers of services or property improvements are by the original company you contacted
- Check that the “Consultant” offering installation is a licensed contractor. Consultants typically are not interested in being a contractor; it is generally considered to be a conflict of interest. Design build is different and should be prominently represented as such.
Some companies misrepresent themselves as independent “consultants” when they are really just a front for a contractor interested in selling you something that you most likely do not need.
Beware of landscape irrigation “consultants” that want to sell you “products” or “property improvements or upgrades” rather than give you unbiased advice on how to improve your property. Consultants usually make recommendations; selling knowledge and experience for design and planning purposes and are usually not interested in selling you a specific product or construction (contracting) services. Design Build contractors will typically be under “one roof” and will offer their services as such. Beware the “consultant” that hands your business off to a contractor or recommends only one contractor for installation of recommended improvements or products.
Also, ask a lot of questions of both consultants and/or contractors to make sure your expectations are met.