The process of choosing the right landscape services is an important one, so don't rush. You're going to be spending a substantial amount of money sprucing up your premises. Therefore, the amount of research that you conduct before making your final decision should reflect the value of the investment. Almost every modern professional landscaper will typically have a website where clients can get more information on services as well as contact information for the provider. Check out the profiles of various landscaping contractors online. View before and after photos. Before you get in touch with the business, make sure that you are comfortable with it from the outset.
Before you speak to anyone, write a brief. It is essential that you develop a clear idea of you what you want to achieve, seeing as you will give all the prospective landscape design professionals the same information. Comparing what each landscape designer says on a point-for-point basis is not only fair to the designers, but is also important to you.
Put together a list of the landscape services contractors in your area and narrow it down until you are satisfied with your choices — an ideal shortlist will contain three contractors. Having a final list of more than three landscape design contractors can complicate the process, making it all jumbled up. On the other hand, having less than three contractors on your list can limit the information you have to make comparison.
Include a specification with your brief. Alternatively, you can ask one of the contractors to write up one for you as part of the service. However, before making a commitment, check with the contractor, as you may have to pay for this additional service. Thereafter, you can send the specification to all the other garden design contractors.
Let the property maintenance contractors know what your budget is. However, don't try to trick any of them into giving you the lowest possible price or play them against each other. Gain some perspective on the transaction — it's not "us vs. them." Rather, look at it as an equal partnership. In case you are not sure about dealing with the professional landscaping contractor yourself, ask a family member or friend to join you during the quotation process.
Get into conversations with some of the previous clients of the prospective companies. Better still, you can visit some of the clients' gardens if possible. It's the best way to vet the landscape maintenance contractor's work.
As a rule, ask to see samples of materials used by each landscape designer. The cost of materials varies with the type of material used. An imitation York patio can cost substantially less than the real thing. Likewise, materials have different grades. Shrubs and trees can cost a lot or be affordable depending on the size your order. The fact is that you are looking to get a great final result at a good price. However, as previously mentioned, you are entering a partnership. It should therefore benefit both you and the landscape contractor.