Let’s face it: landscapers aren’t the most trusted profession in the world. Alongside builders, plumbers and many other trades, they have a reputation for letting clients down with an endless list of worn-out excuses.
But as with any trade, not all businesses are the same. And if you spend the time to find the right landscaper for your project, you could end up saving yourself a lot of money and stress in the long run.
So to help you find the right team to transform your outdoor area, here a 5 points to consider when hiring a landscape gardener.
As far as researching goes, checking prospective landscaper reviews has to be one of the smartest moves you can make.
Every review acts as a rubber stamp of approval. An unfiltered and unbiased opinion on the quality of service and workmanship received throughout the project.
Typical places to find reviews will be on a Google business page, Checkatrade, social media platforms and/or the company’s website.
A landscaper who provides an on-the-spot price isn’t going to fill any prospect with confidence. Instead, you need someone who’ll take the time to understand every aspect of your project before arriving at the best solution to meet your needs.
Depending on the size and scale of your requirements, this might include scaled drawings. And in all cases, it will definitely include an itemisation for all materials, products and labour required to complete the work.
If sustainability is important to you, it’s also worth asking your landscaper where they source their materials – and whether they come with any guarantee.
As with any major work for your home, getting at least three quotes will give you an accurate estimate of how much your project will cost and what’s involved.
What’s more, taking the time to explain your project to three or more landscapers will also give you the opportunity to gauge their experience and listen to their suggestions.
If it’s the case they’ve previously completed a project similar to yours, they’ll be able to make recommendations on the best materials and products, as well as any design tweaks to improve the aesthetics and functionality of your garden.
Once you’ve received a quote from each of your prospective landscapers, don’t let your decision be solely governed by price. As the old adage goes, ‘if it seems too good to be true, it probably is’.
Before you sign any contracts, double check your quote includes every deliverable required to get the job done. The last thing you’ll want is the sting of unexpected additions halfway through your project.
Depending on where and when your project is scheduled, the weather could bring a host of unexpected challenges that delay progress. For that reason, it’s wise to ask your landscaper what might happen if your project is stalled by rain, snow or extreme heat.
For your peace of mind, a reputable landscaper should be able to explain how they’ve scheduled such considerations with a clear course of action to minimise any potential delays.
So, you’re brand-new garden is completed and you can’t wait to show it off to friends and family. But before you sit back in the deckchair to enjoy your new surroundings, ask your landscaper for maintenance and aftercare advice.
After all, nature never sleeps and if you don’t give your new products and materials the attention they require, you brand-new outdoor space could lose its appeal quicker than expected.