The time has come to look at giving your lawn a makeover and you have decided to install artificial grass. Whatever the home renovation that you’re considering, you’ll want to find the right contractor – someone you can trust to get the job done right and at a fair price.
Here are 10 Tips on finding the ideal artificial grass contractor in South Africa:
1. Get at least 3 Quotes
As with any project, it’s wise to get multiple quotations. Do your homework and spend time researching; you have a terrific resource called the internet at your disposal. When selecting the companies that you would like to receive a quotation from, use the following checklist:
2. Does your artificial grass contractor operate from a permanent place of business?
If the contractor is not permanently established, you run the risk that they will not complete the work or be in business to honour your warranties, or even be there if you encounter any problems with the installation. We’ve all heard the stories where homeowners make a sizeable deposit and then the contractor disappears. Don’t be that homeowner!
3. Is the company registered i.e. has a company registration number and registered for VAT?
Make sure the company has has a CK number or company registaration number coupled with general liability insurance in case of accidents on the job. When a contractor quotes you ensure that VAT is charged. This gives you comfort the company is compliant. Don’t be afraid to ask for copies of these relevant documentation.
4. How long has the company been in business?
A well-established synthetic grass contractor is a great indicator of quality of product and service. Ask for references if you feel concerned or uncomfortable, and look online for customer reviews. Visit the job sites if possible, and speak to the homeowners.
5. Get everything in writing on your contract
Get everything in writing will prevent problems that may arise before, during, or after a job. Get all the details of the job in writing and make sure all concerns are addressed to avoid a miscommunication. Walk away from vague proposals or prices written down on the back of a business card.
6. Walk away from that overpriced quotation, but also negate that ludicrous, low-ball quotation
A contractor that gives you a figure that’s almost too good to be true is probably cutting corners, using questionable materials, or desperate for work.
7. Be careful of Scam Artists
There are many scam artists posing as contractors, and wanting to enter into the market during the water restriction in Cape Town and South Africa.
8. Only Accepts cash
If a contractor only accepts cash is usually an indication that he’s trying to avoid paying taxes or requests wants no pay trail of the transaction. Other contractors with who have no experience or cashflow tend to request that the client purchases the artificial grass and they will install. This is an indication that they don’t have the cash flow hence a great risk since you won’t be able to find them in the industry very long.
9. Provides a “final” quotation without seeing the job site
It is important to meet with the contractor or his sales rep before you pay a deposit.
10. An Artificial Grass Contractor pressures you for a quick hiring decision
If a contractor pressures you for a quick hiring decision check out their website. Is it lush with information and contains a large photo gallery of past jobs, or is it a minimal-page template with very little content?
Finding a reliable artificial grass contractor can be a headache, but at least, in today’s world, you have a great resource in the internet to do your homework, compared to when one had to find a contractor in a phone book, which was pretty much a shoot in the dark process.
Before you go ahead with your contractor of choice ask yourself “Is this contractor someone I can trust giving thousands of Rands to do your garden improvement project?” If you hesitate, walk away and find a reputable Artificial Grass installer who you can trust.
With offices in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, give us a call on 021 212 9898 (Cape Town) or 010 442 0400 (Johannesburg)