How To Hire Professional Landscaping Contractors

Hiring a professional landscaper is not as easy as reciting your ABC’s. You will still have to go through the screening process to eventually find out the best contractor for your needs. Here’s how you can screen them:

Insurance

Accidents and different types of property damages are unavoidable, especially if a major renovation is going on around your property. To protect yourself, make sure that the contractor you are hiring offers a liability insurance. This will help keep your mind at peace whenever you hire professionals to do the job for you.

License

In terms of work quality, you can be protected by checking their license. Make sure that you know the different licenses that a contractor should have before they start hauling your yard. If a contractor does not have a license, you will not have any recourse should you want to raise a complaint against the company. You will also have no assurance, whatsoever, that they will hold their end of the contract. You will never be assured that the finished product will be of the best quality that any contractor can achieve.

Experience

Experience is of great importance when it comes to hiring professional contractors to do a home project for you. A contractor with years of experience under their belt will be able to anticipate any problem that may occur during the course of construction. In addition, they will also have the necessary contacts. They will be able to recommend where to find and buy certain materials that are needed to complete your project. You can always check with BBB (Better Business Bureau) whether they have a good standing and good customer feedback. It will always pay off when you stay vigilant before deciding to hire a contractor.

Costs

Don’t expect that the cost given to you before the construction began will be the same when the project is finished. This does not always happen. Before you sign any contract, you should discuss with your contractor whether the price given is fixed or not. Knowing before hand will save you some moment of shock when you receive your bill at the end of the contract. In addition, you should also discuss with your contractor your payment options. There are a lot of contractors around that will ask for a down-payment to seal the deal. The remaining balance can be paid after the project is done. It should be stipulated in your contract that if you are not satisfied, you will not be paying anymore if you don’t find the job unsatisfactory. Experienced contractors will not be shocked and be worried if you tell them to have your condition drafted on the contract. A good contractor will not be worried as they know what their capacity is.

Warranties and Maintenance

Because you are hiring a contractor that will work on your landscaping, you have to make sure that the plants will thrive. They should be able to give you instructions as to how you can care for your plants on your own. They should be able to provide you after sales service to any concerns that you may have along the way. Warranties should also be offered to you. They should be able to detail the coverage of their warranty. This will give you added cushion and guarantee that they will do their best whenever they are working on your grounds.

Remember these tips when screening and talking to a possible contractor. You should always make sure that you are covered with insurance and warranties. It does not hurt to be cautious, especially if it is your first time to use their services.

DIY Project: How To Do Your Own Landscape

Ready to take your next DIY project yet? If so, here are some tips that you can follow in order to get the ball rolling for your landscaping DIY project.

 

  • Be familiar with your own skill set. If you don’t consider yourself as a green thumb, then landscaping on your own could be too much for you. However, you can always conduct your own research understand the basics in landscaping. Doing so, you will give yourself the chance to acquire a new set of skills. You can also start planting some plants in small pots and understand how you can take care of them over the year in different weather conditions. However, if growing plants come as second nature to you, then landscaping your yard would be a good fit. To start with your landscaping project, see to it that you have a detailed plan on how to go over each part of your yard.

 

  • Know your style. It is important that you can visualize the outcome that you want to achieve when doing your DIY landscaping. The outcome of your project may depend on the condition of your yard, but you can always influence this by detailed planning. In order to achieve a desirable end result, you must ask yourself what you want out of your yard. Often, your style and self-expression will dictate this. Thus, you have to determine which style to take before starting your plan and project.

 

  • Cleaning your yard would be a good way to start your DIY landscaping project. In doing so, you are allowing yourself to visualize what plant or additions you can plant and add in your yard. A fresh looking yard will surely be an inspiration of what can be done and how it could look in the future.

 

  • Talk to the experts. Talking to the experts will prove to be productive even when you have decided to take matters in your own hand. The experts have all the skill set and knowledge on what best goes to a certain type of soil or garden. With their input, it will be easier for you to plan the overall look of your yard. It will also be easier for you to choose the plants that can grow well in your yard.

 

  • Think about the hybrid approach. The latest trend nowadays is the combination of expert work and DIY work. This can be very helpful, especially if you are not that confident with your knowledge and skills when it comes to landscaping. If this is your first time to do a DIY project, let alone a landscaping project, getting overwhelmed somewhere in the middle is understandable. To avoid this, you can work along with the experts to get your dream landscape realized.

 

  • Determine the cost. Not all landscaping projects are the same. In order to prepare yourself and your bank account, you must ask your designer/contractor the detailed cost of your project. If the plan seems too much for you, you can always make adjustments before you even start your project. This will save both your time and money.

 

  • Take one step at a time. Having a detailed plan will definitely help guide you in your DIY project. But, you should not feel bad if you don’t finish your project in the next two months or so. A good DIY project takes patience and time. Just like any DIY, your DIY landscaping project may finally come into shape several years after you started it.

 

  • Stick to your time budget and monetary budget. Just like any other investments, it is necessary that you add real numbers to your plan. This will help you determine what you can do, how much you want to spend, and what time everything can be achieved. As much as possible, stick to your plan to avoid unnecessary inconveniences.

 

If after all the planning, you are still not confident that you can achieve everything that you want done, hiring a contractor would be a good idea. But before you do that, make sure that you do all the research that is needed to make an educated choice. Good luck on your DIY landscaping project, and have fun!