Summer is on the way and, before you know it, you’re going to find yourself wanting to spend more time in your backyard. But chances are that you’ve neglected your #outdoor space over the cold and harsh winter months – the majority of us do. Who can blame us? Nobody wants to spend time outdoors pulling up weeds and trimming hedges when there’s frost about and snow on the ground! So, it’s not all too surprising that you may be considering getting in touch with a professional in landscaping and garden design. Not only will these professionals be able to put wrongs to rights when it comes to the overall condition of your residential or commercial property, but they can actually give the entire space a complete overhaul! Before you do hire a contractor, however, you should make sure to quiz them. Here are a few questions that will help you to get to the bottom of whether they’re right for you or not!
What Services Do You Offer?
The first thing that you need to ask a specialist in landscape design is what services they offer. Avoid making the mistake of assuming that all landscape designers do one and the same thing. Different people will have different specialisms. Some will specialize in horticulture, some will focus on construction. By knowing what services your chosen designer offers, you can rest assured that your backyard will get the transformation that you’re hoping for! Know what you want and ensure that your designer can provide it!
Can I See a Portfolio?
Any reputable landscape designer will have some sort of photography showing off their garden design.
Do You Have Any Recommendations from Previous Clients?
See whether previous clients have been happy with the transformation that your chosen designer has provided them with. Remember that pictures can show the quality of their work, but reviews and recommendations are what will guarantee this individual provides good customer service in general. Sure, someone may be able to create great scenery, install decks, and create a space that is stunning for your #picoftheday, but if they’re rude, run late, or take forever to do it, you might want to consider looking elsewhere.
Do You Offer Consultations?
Your landscape designer should be eager to get to understand what you want from them. If they seem too eager to go ahead and get started without actually asking what you want, you may find that they want to promote their own vision rather than yours. Check whether your designer offers consultations. This will provide you with the opportunity to let them know exactly what you expect from your backyard design. Whether that’s interlock, patio, a driveway, or a few new trees and plants placed about.
Can I See Your Pricing?
Make sure you know your landscape designer’s pricing before you get started. You need to know what you will owe them for their work and don’t want to be hit by unexpected large bill where you weren’t expecting one.
Hopefully, these questions will help you to rest assured that you have found the perfect landscape designer for your needs. If you’re based in Ottawa, reach out to Stone Roots Landscaping. We’ll be able to provide you with everything you could wish for while ticking all of the boxes above!