A landscaping project in your home is not something to be taken lightly, especially when choosing a landscaper. Many things can go wrong if you decide to compromise on whom to give the job, since you need someone who understands the job, and one who can meet your specific needs.
To help you make the right decision, here are steps to finding the ideal landscaper:
This is the first step in the selection process. You need to keep in mind that many landscapers have different areas of specialization.
Narrow down your research to someone who is proficient in lawns, or patios, or pergolas, depending on what your need is. You can conduct an online search or you can ask family and friends. Create a shortlist of candidates and make sure to interview them before deciding who gets the job.
- How much are you willing to spend
The amount of money you have saved up or are willing to spend on the whole project will help you determine who you can and cannot afford.
Understand that several factors will contribute to how much the total project will cost. These include:
- the size of your land
- the vegetation you already have
- the features you want to be included
- the materials your project will require
- the terrain of the land
- and the expertise of the landscapers
- Hire a passionate professional
It might be difficult to judge the level of passion that the landscaper has through your interactions with him or her, but the quality of work that he or she has done in the past or is currently doing can help you in your assessment.
Furthermore, look for a local with a some years of experience in landscaping because a local landscape professional is familiar with the climate and what landscaping designs work best in the area.
The best way to establish the expertise of the landscaper, in addition to his or her paperwork is the references that he or she will offer you. More often than not, a landscaper is only good as his last job, what he or she did for the previous client will be almost as good as what he or she will do for you.
If you do not like what you see or the references do not have kind words with regard to the landscaper’s job, then be wise and avoid wasting your time and money.
A landscaper must have the relevant paperwork before you hire him or her. He or she must have adequate insurance coverage when on your property. This is to assure you that the insurance company will cover any accident or incidences that might occur during landscaping, and you will not be liable for any of them.
- Be clear on the terms of work
Just to be on the safe side, make sure to discuss all the fine details of the project before embarking on it.
Be clear on the dates of commencement and completion, the total cost of the project, the warranty period, and the expected result of the project. Knowing these things will help you plan your time and money wisely.