Having a landscaper has several benefits; increasing the value of your property, creating a more inviting atmosphere, and reducing your stress by taking on the hard work of maintaining your yard to name a few. However, to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your landscaper and that you are both on the same page, it is important to ask them a few key questions whether you’re hiring or dealing with a familiar landscaper.
Any landscaping job should have a timeline that outlines when the work will be completed and what specific tasks will be done so that expectations are met. Ask your landscaper how long they expect it to take for them to complete a job, especially if it’s time-sensitive.
For example, say that you need a new lawn installed in time for your daughter’s graduation party, you want the landscaper to understand the timeline for a guarantee that they will be able to meet it. Or if it’s approaching winter, you want to ask about the timeline for getting your property ready for winter.
When it comes to landscaping materials, quality makes all the difference. Ask your landscaper what kind of materials they use and compare that to other options available in your area. Are the materials they use higher quality? Do they give a warranty for their products?
For example, if you are considering a new retaining wall, ask your landscaper what kind of blocks they will be using and determine if there is another option that would better fit your needs. Or if you are looking for a durable turfgrass, ask about whether the landscaper is using high-quality seeds or if they are just installing sod.
It is key to have an understanding of the costs associated with your landscaping project. Ask your landscaper what services they are providing and how much they charge for each one. Make sure that you understand all of the fees, additional charges, and taxes associated with the job before signing a contract. Don’t be afraid to shop around for the best prices and compare the services offered by other landscapers.
For example, if you’re looking for a lawn maintenance service, don’t just accept the first price given to you. Ask around and get at least three estimates before making your decision including information about any additional fees that may be charged.
Yard maintenance is a key part of any landscaping project. Ask your landscaper what kind of maintenance will be needed to keep the area looking its best to keep informed such as any specific products that need to be used. Understanding the maintenance requirements and how often it must be done will help you budget for the future.
For instance, if you’re installing a new garden, asking your landscaper what kind of regular maintenance would be needed to keep it looking beautiful will help you plan for the cost of keeping your garden looking its best over time.
Landscaping is an important part of keeping your home looking its best. By asking the right questions, you can make sure that your landscaper understands what you are expecting and that they have the experience to deliver high-quality results.