If you plan to improve your yard, one of the key decisions you’ll make is whether you should hire a landscape architect, designer or contractor. They level of knowledge and expertise may be the same, but they usually focus on different areas of landscaping.
It can indeed be hard to separate the tasks of these three types of landscape professionals. The help clear the lines, many design-build companies have in-house architects and designers who take care of everything, from designing to installing to maintaining landscape projects; other architects and designers, on the other hand, each have their own contractors the work with. You can also hire a landscape designer or architect to create a plan for you, and then have them recommend a Good contractor. In most cases, when you hire a landscape contractor, all design work will be part of the deal.
So the question is, how do you decide whether to hire a landscape architect, designer or contractor? This will depend on various factors, specifically your budget, your project’s size and timeline, and the job’s complexity. But whether you believe it or not, there’s one more factor that is even deemed to be the definitive litmus test: personal connection.
You’ll want the landscape pro to listen to your ideas and goals, and work around your schedule. They should spend time inspecting your property and asking you questions, such as what elements you want in the design (for example, bamboo outdoor furniture), how you plan to use the area (for instance, reading a book or dining with the family or with guests), or what overall ambiance you want for this part of your home). Of course, if they feel that you want something that isn’t possible or is hardly wise, they will offer their expert opinion.
As always, when you’re looking for any type of service professional, the best route to a good one is a persona referral. So ask relatives, friends or coworkers if they’ve worked with a good one recently. Another option you have is searching online directories maintained by industry organizations. Ask about your prospects’ licenses, certifications and professional affiliations, and always request proof. Any proposal you consider must be presented to you in writing, and be sure to understand every single term and condition, as well as the fees.
Even if you’re planning on a DIY for your landscape project, the advice of experts is always valuable. After all, there are good reasons they are known as such. And of course, since this will probably not be cheap, you’d like to ensure that it will be done right the first time around.