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A guide to choosing a professional irrigation contractor

 

There are many factors to consider when choosing a professional contractor to install your irrigation system.

Once you have decided to install an irrigation system in your garden, the next area of concern is how to choose a professional installer. This article will help you to choose the right one for you, to ensure that your system is properly designed to meet your garden's needs. Knowing which questions to ask potential contractors can make a significant contribution to solving this problem. A bit of knowledge about the basics will help you ask the right questions and ensure that you are satisfied with both their answers and the final product installed in your garden. Remember if at any point you feel uncomfortable or uncertain, go with your instincts and avoid hiring the wrong team to install your system.

 

 

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There are many factors to consider when choosing a professional contractor to install your irrigation system.

Once you have decided to install an irrigation system in your garden, the next area of concern is how to choose a professional installer. This article will help you to choose the right one for you, to ensure that your system is properly designed to meet your garden's needs. Knowing which questions to ask potential contractors can make a significant contribution to solving this problem. A bit of knowledge about the basics will help you ask the right questions and ensure that you are satisfied with both their answers and the final product installed in your garden. Remember if at any point you feel uncomfortable or uncertain, go with your instincts and avoid hiring the wrong team to install your system.

 

Do your product researchAsk your contractor about the brand of irrigation equipment they plan to install in your garden. Then do your research. Professional products will have information listed online and you will be able to find out more about the product features and performance specifications. You will also be able to assess the reputation of the manufacturer and distributor. Ask about product warranties. Top irrigation sprinklers come with a five year manufacturer warranty.

 

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Ask for reference sites.

The contractor you would like to hire to install your irrigation system should be able to provide you with a few reference sites. If they have a good reputation you will be able to see a wide range of their work, make sure that you see sites that are similar either in size or scope to your own plans for your garden. You can also ask if you can pop by a project they are currently working on. This will give you an idea of how they work and what their team is like. Remember to ask if they hire casual laborers or employ permanent staff. Casual laborers can present a potential security risk.

Number of year's experience.

While not wanting to prejudice consumers from using new contractors, who can do excellent work and be really motivated to succeed and build their reputation, longer running contractors will inevitably leave a trail if they use unscrupulous business practices. The benefit of experience can help your contractor guide you through potential pitfalls or problems that you as a lay person might not see. Experience when combined with a range of past projects you can view, is a winning combination.

Expect to receive a bill of materials with a cost breakdown for the project.

Your potential contractor should provide you with a detailed bill of the materials he will use on the project, together with a cost breakdown of the project as well as a design for the installation. If you are unsure of the prices call a local supplier and check the prices presented with the quote. Remember that as with everything in life superior products and installation can come at a higher price, so get a few quotes before embarking on your project to irrigate your garden. Be wary of a contractor whose quote comes in way below the others. These "low-quote" contractors use tricks of the trade to save installation time and money but compromise the long-term reliability of your system.

 

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Make sure the contractor understands what goes into a "good system"

A "good" sprinkler system is one that is customized to your landscape and to your climate. If you live near the coast or other areas with windy conditions, ask about low angle nozzles to prevent excessive misting. If you have both lawns and shrubs, ask if these will be watered independently in separate zones. Does the warranty include parts and labour, and for how long will it be valid? The depth your pipes will be buried is relevant to colder climates and gardens with large amounts of rock.

How much will my lawn sprinkler system cost?

Many factors can influence the cost of your irrigation system. The size of your property will be the most significant consideration, as will the number of zones you require, your available water pressure and soil conditions. Options such as a rain sensor or weather monitor may add to the initial cost of your system, but will have significant benefits and reducing your costs over time. A quality irrigation system will add to your property's resale value, based on the way it maintains your garden which is a key selling feature, as well as the ecological and cost saving benefits. Ensure that you draw up a mutually beneficial contract which gives your contractor enough time to install your system so you receive the best return on your investment.

These guidelines will help you select a contractor by providing you with some useful background information. As with any large purchase research your contractor and his product to get a sense of how he does business. If you feel uncertain consult an industry expert and trust your instincts!

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