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Don't hire a landscaper...

...until you've asked them these 5 questions!

Landscaping is a great way to add to the aesthetics of your home, and is one of the first things that visitors and prospective buyers will get to see.Therefore, it is important that you take great care when investing in landscaping for your home. So here are the five most important questions that you must ask your landscaper before getting started…

1. How long have you been in business?

Look for a contractor that has an established business history. Good business practice comes with experience, and the last thing you need is to hire someone who hasn't been around very long. Industry longevity equates to a ton of landscaping knowledge and skill, meaning they will know how to run your job smoothly with minimal delays, and a fantastic end result.

2. Will you provide me with an itemised quote for the work you are proposing?

Landscaping your garden can be a substantial investment, so you want to know exactly where your money is going, on all labour and materials. Also if you are getting more than one quote, you want to make sure you are "comparing apples with apples" - otherwise you won't be able to make an informed decision.

3. Can you provide references?

If clients are over the moon with the result of their landscaping, they are happy to give a great testimonial. If your landscaper struggles to provide you with examples of positive feedback from previous clients, something's up…

4. Can I see some of the work you’ve done?

Your landscaper should be proud to show you photos of the great landscaping projects they've undertaken - and if you can see one or two in person, all the better. This also shows that the landscaper had a good rapport with his previous clients, as they too are proud of their fantastic new gardens!

5. Will you organise and manage the landscaping project or will I have to do that?

If your landscaping requires any additional subcontractors, such as electricians or concrete placers for example, it is far easier and more straightforward if your landscaper liaises with them (and this should be included in the quote, unless you expressly ask otherwise). Your landscaper will know exactly when these services are required on site - therefore avoiding any project delays, and ensuring everything is done on time and on budget.
But to really ascertain if a landscaper is right for you, ask yourself how well you get along. Can you communicate with them?

Get someone who takes the time to get to know your space and asks you questions about how you use your garden, and what kinds of things you like and don't like. Make sure they are professional and respectful, and they are receptive to your ideas, goals and project schedule.

Choosing a landscaper can be a difficult and confusing process, but if you ask these 5 important questions, you will be well on your way to getting the right landscaper for you and your project.