Ready to hire help to spruce up your property this year?
Before you dig too deeply into hiring a landscaping contractor, take time to do two things:
First, be clear about what you want to achieve. If you only want yard work, check out companies that specialize in residential lawn services. If you want design or installation services, you'll need a full-service landscaper. These can plan and install patios and walkways, water features, drainage and erosion systems, retaining walls and other services. They can take a job from design to completion, or provide a plan that you carry out.
Then gather your ideas. Be ready to offer as much detail about your preferences as possible. For inspiration, print, copy or tear out images from landscaping websites, magazines and books.
Now you are ready for initial conversations with several companies that are, hopefully, appropriately licensed, bonded and insured and have earned recommendations from friends or family or users of a trusted online review site. Keep in mind that while some companies offer free consultations, others charge but if hired will deduct the fee from the job price.
Here are questions to ask prospective landscapers, compiled by my Angie’s List team and based on the experience of consumers and highly rated landscapers: