Even as we head into winter, you may be looking forwards to next year and thinking about the work you would like to do in your garden? You may be thinking about hiring a landscape designer. How there are a lot of landscape designers out there, so how do you go about choosing the right one for the work you need? We have put together a handy set of tips to help you determine which one is right for you.
Conduct Research Into Local Landscapers
The worst thing you could do is pick the first landscape designer or gardener you come across. It is best to create a list of local professionals. Have a look at their websites, if they have one, and look at the jobs they’ve worked on before to see examples of what they are capable of. It’s also a good idea to look at testimonials, recommendations, and reviews. Be sure to not only look at the positive but the negative as well to get the fullest picture of what they are like.
Consider How Much Experience They Have and The Qualifications They Hold
When you are going to spend money on an individual or team to work on your garden, you want to know they are going to do a good job and you are getting great value. Two great indicators of this either way are the amount of experience they have working professionally and the qualifications they hold.
If they lack either, it would be best to look elsewhere.
Figure Out What You Want
You will get more out of the experience of working with a professional landscaper if you have a good idea of what you want your garden and the rest of the area around your property to look like. While landscape designers and gardeners will be able to offer practical ideas and options, as well as add creative touches here and there, things will run smoother if you have specifics in mind before you speak to them.
Come to An Agreement on the Price and What It Covers
Once you find a landscape gardener you would like to work with, you need to work out how much it will cost. When they offer you a quote for the work involved, be sure to check exactly what it covers. Different companies and individuals have different ways they break down their costs. Some of the most common ways include:
- The total price for the whole job
- The price for different segments – $x for concrete paving, $x for shrubs and trees, $x for the lawn, and so forth.
- The price per house and the materials
Communication is Key
The foundation to any good relationship, whether it’s romantic or in this case, business, is communication. When deciding on whether a landscaper is suitable, therefore, you should think carefully about whether you will be able to communicate with them properly, so you get exactly what you want. If you don’t see that as a possibility, you should look elsewhere.
You will need to communicate at every step and stage. You would be foolish to simply sign off on the work and only be interested in what they have done once it was completed. Remember, when it comes to issues with landscaping, prevention is better than trying to come up with a solution.