Landscaping projects are very serious and can be cost-intensive. Working with the wrong landscaping architect could end up costing you a lot of money; money you’ll never be able to recoup. Not only could they end up ruining your landscape, but you may have to pay another team to overhaul the whole project.
In other cases, working with unlawful contractors could end up putting you at risk of facing legal repercussions as well. This is why it’s important that you properly vet any team you’re thinking of hiring. Here are a few questions you should ask before working with any landscaping design firm.
What Kind of Services do You Offer?
This is an important question as many people will assume that all landscaping designers will be able to do everything they’re asking for. But there are very different teams out there, all with their own set of expertise. And some might be more limited than others.
Some teams will do the design for instance, but you’ll have to bring another team in to finish the project. Some architectural landscape design teams will not only design but also oversee things like plant purchase and installation. Others will go even further and offer maintenance. These are all things you should be looking at when hiring someone.
Can I see Some of Your Work?
It’s also important that you see some of their work. When looking at their portfolio, check if they’ve designed anything that looks like what you’re trying to achieve. Some may be more accustomed to modern design, while others will have a lot of rustic and cottage style projects. If they haven’t done anything like what you’re aiming at, check their credentials and see if they at least have the expertise needed.
Do You Offer Consultations?
Often, designers will come in for a couple of hours for a garden consultation. During this time, they’ll usually take a look at your garden and take a walk around the property, giving recommendations based on your needs. This is also a great opportunity to gauge whether both of you are a good fit and get a sense of their communication style.
Don’t expect these to be free, however. After all, this is taking some of their time, but some will charge you as part of the total cost of the project if you hire them.
Do You Have Any Ideas?
Also, make sure that you are open to their recommendations and actively ask for ideas. These people know landscaping more than you do, and it’s also a good sign if they can provide a lot of input. In some cases, these could end up saving you money now and in the long run. They might also see some issues that you may have not considered.
Choosing the right contractor takes time but is well worth it. A well-designed landscape can work wonders for your property value, and turn it into the space of your dreams, so choose wisely.