Installing new landscaping or making improvements on the existing landscape is a major financial investment considering the fact that you will be giving your property a major facelift. It is like adding an extra room to your property or getting a home makeover. This is why you need the right landscaping designer to handle all your landscaping needs.
The question is, with so many landscaping design companies around, how do you find the right contractor for the job?
The first thing you need to do is determine the scope of the job. This is important as most landscape contractors major in a certain area. Some are solely hardscape specialists focusing on decks, patios, retaining walls and such while the rest are focused more on plantscaping which means that they are into lawns, edibles gardens and other garden designs.
Secondly, make sure that your landscape designer of choice is licensed and insured because let's face it, can you really run any business nowadays without those two? If your country does not have any requirements for licensing and insuring landscapers, then ask about their training as well as membership in any landscape associations. This will go a long way in making sure you get a garden designer who can deliver exactly what you have envisioned.
Next, make sure to check your garden designer's references. Landscapers often develop a reputation for their expertise especially after working on challenging and complex projects. The landscape contractor should be in a position to give you a number of reference as you choose your landscape designer. Consider the length of the project you have at hand as well as the length of the projects the proposed designers have worked on.
The next thing you need to do is to network around your community. Landscapers' business strength stems from how well they communicate within the community and how well he or she has created a rapport within said community. The last thing you want is a contractor that takes short cut or short changes you for cheaper low quality stuff behind your back. You need to know if the landscaper you choose buys the best plants and soil and if he or she guarantees all the work entrusted to him.
Naturally, the last step you need to do is collect all your bids. This means that you should check out portfolios and take some face-to-face meetings. This helps a lot with getting the right fit for you as you get a vast range of pricing. In addition, the bidding process gives you the opportunity to find out which contractor is looking to establish a long-term relationship with you. A garden and landscape designer like the one I used who can be found on this website will be passionate about your garden and will want to look make sure it is well looked after for some time, even once the project is finished.
A good contractor will offer to maintain and monitor your projects after completion for some time. The thing to remember during this process is that it is like buying something online where a highly priced item does not necessarily mean high quality.
Finally, when choosing a landscaping designer, pay close attention to the state of landscaping materials as well as tge physical condition of the environment and employees. This is because there is no second chance to make a first impression and for some people all they need is just that: the first impression. Considering the first appearance of your landscaper, his/her employees and equipment is a good clue as to whether you are in good hands or not.