In our industry there are many who believe it is a “get rich quick” opportunity. Basic grounds maintenance (mowing and trimming) doesn’t require much training or education. It doesn’t require much initial capital. You’ve probably seen them before—the “good ol’ boys” with a pickup truck and trailer. Some of these individuals are running a legitimate business but many are not licensed, bonded, or insured. So what does that mean for you?
Choosing an unlicensed or uninsured contractor (knowingly or unknowingly) can have a major impact on you or your business. Did you know that you (a homeowner or property manager) and be held liable if an uninsured contractor becomes injured on your property?
It seems that more and more companies are under increasing pressure to always take the lowest bid. Homeowners almost always look at the bottom line before considering anything else. Our message is simple: protect yourself. The expense of licenses, bonds, insurance, and certifications means increased overhead for legitimate businesses who play by the rules. It’s important to first make sure that all considered contractors have required licenses and credentials and then look for value—not just the bottom line.
The State of Tennessee has created a website to help you stay protected from unlicensed contractors: http://verify.tn.gov
If you’re looking for landscaping services don’t take your chances on a group of “good ol’ boys.” We have been in business since 1996. Each year our staff earns continuing education credits to stay on top of changes in the industry. We are licensed, bonded, insured, and hold a general contractor’s license in the State of Tennessee. We are also the only company in Oak Ridge to be a state licensed pest control operator for lawn and turf.
Contact us today to inquire about our services or to request a bid—(865) 272-9669 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org –but most importantly, no matter which kind of contractor you’re looking for: protect yourself!