A beautifully manicured back or front garden area will not only increase curb appeal and the value of your home, but it also gives your family extra opportunities to spend quality time together in the great outdoors within the safe confines of your own home.
If gardening is not your thing, hiring a landscaper may be your best option. Here are our top tips to consider before hiring.
- Ask for recommendations from family and friends who have used someone for their own home.
- Always check online references and perhaps have an actual chat with a previous client to get a first-hand experience from someone who has used their services.
- Get a written and signed contract in place before paying anyone.
- Inform yourself by reading gardening magazines and online articles. The better you know what you want, the more effectively you will be able to communicate those wants with your landscaper.
- Ask to see proof of insurance, like whether or not they have general liability insurance.
- Narrow down your list of potential landscapers to three candidates and then ask them the following ten questions.
- Where do you source your plants?
- Will you also handle garden and yard maintenance?
- Do you fully understand the vision I have for my space?
- How long do you think the project will take?
- When are you able to start?
- Who should I contact if I notice a problem?
- Are there any hidden costs in your fee estimates?
- Are there any ways I can help lower the costs?