Creating your dream yard is exciting, but it is also time consuming and costly. You want to make sure it’s done right the first time in order to avoid messy mistakes or premature repairs. You also want to create an outdoor space that is functional, beautiful, and will serve your family well for years to come.
Needless to say, getting professional help can make your project be more successful in every way, but it’s important that you get the right people to help you. With that in mind, here are a few things you should look for in a landscape design company before you make that important partnership.
The right services and style
Certain companies will specialize in certain services. By defining what it is you are looking for in your yard, you can narrow down the options by finding someone who is particularly good at what you need done. Do you want a pool installed? Will you be laying a lot of pavers? Do you need any structures built? What design style do you like?
Answering these questions will help you find a company that can give you exactly what you are looking for.
Good recommendations and reviews
Sometimes, a recommendation from someone you trust is worth a thousand online reviews. If your neighbor/friend/family member has a yard you love, ask who they worked with, and if they would recommend them to you.
Of course, online reviews can be helpful too. Take both the good and bad into account.
Licensed, bonded, insured
Any time you work with any type of contractor, make sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured. This gives credibility to the company and protects you against any type of fraud.
Some landscape design companies will have special certifications that represent specific training on products or methods. This displays a commitment to their craft and a high level of training and skill.
In the early planning stages, you will probably be talking to several different companies as you try to find the right one. Pay attention to how each company communicates, and to how reliable they are. Can you get a hold of them easily? Do they respond in a timely manner? How they conduct business early on will be a precursor to the entire project.
The last thing you want is for your dream yard to turn into a nightmare project. Find the right partner to work with and you’ll minimize the potential for costly downsides.