How to choose the right landscape contractor
Finding the right landscape contractor is a daunting task for most, however we’re here to help you ask the right questions to the right landscaper to finally get you that dream garden.
Step 1: How much you have
First things first, understand what your budget is. A general rule of thumb for when investing in your garden is to invest 10% of your home’s value, however landscape contractors are usually able to tailor to your needs if need be. A well-designed, contemporary garden that is well maintained will add value to your property immediately, so start planning for your dream garden now. Roughly figure out a budget you’re willing to spend and then next understand what you want your dream garden to look like.
Step 2: What you want from your landscape contractor
Once you have settled on a suitable budget for your new landscaping project, it’s now time to focus on the look and feel of your new garden. In other words, what are you paying a landscape contractor to do? Maybe you want a new driveway installed or a pool for the back garden, or you might want planting or general garden maintenance? To do this get some inspiration from websites such as Houzz or Pinterest. It’s important to have a clear idea of what you want your garden landscapers to do before you even make the first contact so that a clear idea can be given to the landscape designer over the phone.
Step 3: Research potential garden landscapers
Now you have a clear vision for what you want your future garden to look like, it’s time to find the right landscaper for you and your vision. An effective way to start researching garden landscaper contractors is to ask your neighbours, friends, and family whether they recommend anyone specifically. Word-of-mouth recommendations are an efficient way of gaining the trust of soon-to-be customers, with reports stating that 92% of consumers believe suggestions from family and friends more than advertising. I suggest making a shortlist of 5 - 10 suitable landscape contractors and checking their online presence, such as; Instagram, Facebook, and Website. A combination of their website and social media should give you the necessary information about the business, however, check specifically for; Professional accreditations, references, and reviews.
Step 4: Choose which garden designer you want to go with
The final stage of finding you the perfect landscape designer for you is to narrow down your current shortlist to 2 or 3 candidates who you were most impressed by when conducting research. Give each business a call and request a free quotation, and whilst on this call talk through your idea with your landscaping professional.With all quotations received, compare their respective prices, experience and references to make a final decision. (TIP: Thoroughly read through each quotation’s fine print)
Once you have confirmed an agreement with your new garden designer it is important to build a good working relationship between yourselves. This can be achieved by having open communication about your ideas and being open to suggestions from your landscape contractor.