How To Choose An Irrigation Company

The long hot days of summer are on the way. Are you dreading another Ottawa season where your lawn and gardens wither in the heat wasting all your hard work? Are you tired of dragging that hose and portable sprinkler around the yard? Whether you're looking to install a new irrigation system, upgrade or service your existing irrigation system, it's important to do a little research before you sign a contract to know what services are being provided, what is available or necessary, and exactly what you're paying for.

Now is the time to install a sprinkler system to make sure your yard looks its best all season long! But what questions do you ask? How do you choose a good company?

Ask Around

Which irrigation companies are your neighbours using? Ask family, friends, and coworkers too. Sometimes social media can produce a recommendation or two you hadn't thought of. Ask about the customer service they received and if concerns and problems were addressed quickly and professionally. Do a simple Google search. New companies are often eager to get started and make an impression. But experience counts for a lot; do you have a challenging slope or soil condition that needs expert attention? It helps to know what you want when filtering word of mouth results.

Know What Services You Want

Are you looking to install a new sprinkler system, upgrade an existing system or components, or get maintenance on a system you already have? Are you looking to automate your older irrigation system or improve water conservation? Knowing the answers to these questions will make sure you're getting what you wanted. Free consultations are important because experts may see a problem you're not aware of or know of a product that will make your life easier.
It's always a good idea to ask for client references and a written estimate. You may not want all the services or upgrades they suggest, but knowing what's available may open opportunities you hadn't thought of.

Know What You're Paying For

Hidden costs can come back to bite you. Know what you're paying for and what expenses are not accounted for in the estimate. Will interior plumbing be required? Will the company need to access to utilities to get the work completed? Sometimes issues arise that were not foreseeable, but did they prepare you for this possibility? It's always wise to a quote in writing so you're not surprised later. Here's a list of frequently asked questions about irrigation systems.

Get To Know The Company

Some homeowners prefer a small owner-operated irrigation company, others prefer a one-stop-shop where all their lawn care, landscaping and irrigation needs can be met. Know your preferences and do your research. How much experience do they have in irrigation? Do they have qualified professionals or summer students? There's no right or wrong answer, but know what you're buying to avoid surprises later.

The irrigation experts at Nutri-Lawn Ottawa can help you determine the best irrigation system for your yard and your unique needs. We specialize in water conservation irrigation systems.
Contact us today for your complimentary quote.