P.O. Box 1989
West Palm Beach, FL 33402-1989
FAX: (561) 355-3819
Palm Beach County
Board of County
Steven L. Abrams
Priscilla A. Taylor
Hal R. Valeche
Mary Lou Berger
Jess R. Santamaria
"An equal opportunity
Affirmative Action Employer"
Electronic Press Release
Don't Get Buried by Unscrupulous Landscapers
If you are thinking about giving your yard a facelift, it may be worth it to hire a professional landscaper. Buying and hauling the trees and shrubs, tools and planting materials, and doing all the installation work yourself can be time-consuming. But be warned -- landscapers are not regulated in Florida. Here are some ways to avoid difficulties.
- Do your homework and check the business by asking friends or neighbors for referrals. Call the Consumer Affairs Division at 561-712-6600 (Boca/Delray 888-852-7362 toll free) or visit http://www.pbcgov.com/publicsafety/consumeraffairs/ to see if other consumers have complaints against the landscaper you are considering.
- Get several estimates. Sometimes the least expensive estimate is not always the best way to go. Get suggestions on what plants
will work with your property.
- If possible, go to the nursery and personally inspect the plants you are considering. A plant in a 15-gallon container is a lot different than one in a 45-gallon container.
- Ask for visual examples of the landscaper’s work or better yet, see if you can visit a home he or she recently did.
- Get the work order in writing and insist on a signed contract. Make sure the contract is legible and details the size and type of the plants, costs, and any special conditions of the job. Never rely on a hand shake or verbal agreement.
- Never pay with cash. Use a check or credit card so there is a record of the transaction. Never fully pay for the job until it is completed to your satisfaction.
- Visit your local library, use the Internet, or contact the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service at 561-233-1700 for hints and tips on landscaping projects.
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