Landscaping can dramatically change your home’s curb appeal, increase your home’s value, and create a haven from everyday life. There are many landscaping options and services to consider when taking on a project. Here are a few things you should consider when choosing a landscaper.
Decide on the scope of the project you want to undertake. Spend time researching desirable designs, trees, plants, colors and construction by browsing the internet or looking at landscaping books. Develop an understanding of the costs associated with following through on your landscaping dreams. Hardscapes, retaining walls, patios, custom carpentry, water features, and irrigation can significantly change the required budget. In short, make sure you have an idea of what you want before you speak to a landscaper. Be sure that your landscape dreams are not just that… dreams that are not financially feasible.
Start by developing a list of local landscaping companies. Narrow your list by asking friends and family for referrals, and by researching companies on the Internet. Answer the following questions about your finalists:
After choosing a landscaper, develop a schedule that both parties agree on. Account for the possibility of inclement weather. Find out how many other jobs your landscaper is working on at the same time they’re doing your job. While you will want the project finished as quickly as possible, be sure that your goals are realistic. Understand that quality work takes time. Be patient.
Be on site as often as possible. Constantly inspect the quality of work to be sure the project stays on schedule and you will be satisfied with the end result. When completed, make a final inspection with the landscaper with the contract in hand, to ensure the project is completed to your satisfaction.