Best way for homeowner to find an irrigation professional?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by NJHomeowner, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. NJHomeowner

    NJHomeowner LawnSite Member
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    I'm interested in getting a lawn, and maybe also a drip irrigation system for my residence. Any suggestions for how to select firms, compare quotes, or essential questions I should ask?

    Is simply asking neighbors with systems for recommendations sufficient, or is there more I need to do? I know in life you usually get what you pay for - how do I make sure I get good quality and value?
     
  2. I praise you. Most homeowners come on here with the wrong attitude.

    Here is a guide I put up for search engines.
    http://irrigationandwaterconservation.com/?p=26

    interview a few referrals. See if you can find one that graduated from Rutgers in turf science.

    Bring your info here and we'll fight like cats and dogs but some how will steer you right.
     
  3. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    contact the supply houses, they know the good, the bad and the ugly.
     
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    You want quality care, so ask about a recommendation for some older installs.
     
  5. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    good point, i'll see you when i see you guys, back to he hills, the pastures and the cows. i think i'll be a goat herder when i grow up :laugh:
     
  6. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just because someone has been doing something for xx years doesn't make them an expert .... or for that matter even qualified to advise (witness this forum).

    @the homeowner

    Educate yourself in order to ask intelligent questions designed to test the contractors knowledge and experience Interview multiple contractors before you choose one.
     
  7. NJHomeowner

    NJHomeowner LawnSite Member
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    Thank you gents, for some great feedback.
     
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    No "gents" that I know of on this forum. The only suggestion I could make, with a prospective installer, would be to ask for references AT LEAST three years old. That usually weeds out the eggsuckers, But like Kiril says, you never know.
     
  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Tis true ... you do never know. I have been burned by "30 year professionals" that came highly recommended.
     
  10. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    I know here in TX, the way our licensing works, it matters more about the experence of the Tech than the irrigator.

    By the way if you cant have everything about resi installs figured out after 3-4 installations you need to go back to throwing trash into trucks.

    I am sorry but if I gave out a referral 3 yrs old, the referral would be PISSED that I have been giving out his number for that long.

    The only people I use for referals are the people that ask for them. I tell them when they ask for 3 referals that the only way I will do it is if your willing to be a referral and take phone calls for the next 3 people that ask.
     

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