Choosing the Right Landscaping Designer for You

Various succulents in a contemporary garden

Choosing landscaping companies is an important decision for any homeowner. Your garden is just as much a part of your home as the kitchen or a bathroom. It’s an extension of your living space and a very important one at that. Before you begin the process, you need to ask yourself one very important question; what kind of look and feel are you trying to create? For example, do you want a tiered patio with formal flower beds or a garden that is a little more child-friendly? Chances are, most garden designers can accomplish both but by following these simple steps, you’ll know which one is right for you.

Vision

Have a vision before you start contacting landscaping companies. How can your landscape gardener give you what you want, if you’re not entirely sure what that is yourself? Do your research, search for inspiration, and have a solid grounding before you meet with anyone.

Shop Around

Shop around a little first. Prices for different landscaping companies can be vast and varied so don’t feel like you have to go with the first quote you get. Speak to a few companies and compare their services with their prices. High prices don’t necessarily mean high quality, so make sure you examine the fine print to ascertain what is actually being offered. Of course, you can always go with the first person you meet if they’re the best for the job, but don’t be shy about shopping around a little first.

Case Studies

Look at case studies and photos from previous clients. That old saying of a picture speaks a thousand words rings true here. Don’t just take the landscaping companies at their word, ask for visual examples of their work. Don’t be afraid to ask questions either – they may be the experts but you’re the one who will be living with the end result. Think about the materials they use and the subcontractors they engage with. All of this contributes to the final look and feel of your garden.

Responsiveness 

Is the landscape designer responsive to your needs? They may be the expert in their field but don’t let them use that expertise to hijack your home or intimidate you out of saying exactly what you want. A good contractor should listen to your ideas and use their own knowledge to build on them.

Know your budget

Finally, make sure you know your budget and recognise the limitations of your space. That means that if you ask for an Olympic size swimming pool in your 15-metre long garden, you may run into some difficulties. Landscaping companies are good, but they’re not magicians. Your garden is an extended living space so try and ensure you have funds sufficient for everything you want. It’ll be a nasty shock if half the work is complete and you suddenly realise you don’t have money left in your budget for that beautiful water feature you loved so much. If you want a high standard of work, designing and implementing the perfect garden won’t be the cheapest thing you’ve ever bought, but it’s a good investment; a well-designed garden opens up its use to winter as well as summer and increases the value of your property.

Be confident and assertive with what you want and make sure you do your research. If you follow the 5 simple steps above, there’s no reason that you can’t get the garden of your dreams. For more tips and inspiration, why not take a look at our blog? Or, for any questions, please feel free to get in touch.

Posted on July 26th 2018

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