Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s the busiest day of the year for many florists.
If you want to ensure that your sweetheart receives a beautiful bouquet, delivered on time – Angie says don’t wait to place your order.
According to Angie’s List data compiled in 2010:
The florist category on Angie’s List came in at #10 on the most complained list of categories for 2010.
Most of the complaints collected on Angie’s List included poor quality of fresh flowers and mishaps in delivery service.
Angie’s List, the nation’s premier provider of consumer reviews, asked it’s highly rated florists for advice on placing an order for delivery.
Act now: Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, so don’t wait until the last minute to place your order for flowers. Giving the florist plenty of time (3-7 days in advance) will greatly enhance your chance for a good experience. This rule applies every day, but especially at busy times like Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day.
Buy local: If there is a reputable florist in your area, buy directly from them when you can. National companies take your order then pass it along to a local florist to fulfill the order anyway. You’ll have better luck with a correction if something goes wrong.
Delivery information: The more information you are able to provide about the recipient, the less likely there will be a delivery mishap. Include both home and cell phone numbers and the correct address. If it’s a business, will the delivery person be stopped at the front door? Offer any access information you know about to the delivery driver.
Freshness guarantee? Flowers are a perishable product, and depending on the flower, it will have a life span from 2 to 10 days. If the flowers delivered are not in good condition, call the florist right away (less than 24 hours) so they can correct the problem.
Caring for your flowers: Keep in a cool place and change water regularly. Cut the stems back about an inch with a knife or gardening clippers every other day as you change the water.