With the warmer weather, we’re all spending a lot more time outside. If you’re like us, you want to have the best looking property in the neighborhood, a place to relax with your family. It all starts with a quality landscape design. Today, we have some tips on how to find the best landscape contractors who can deliver the beautiful end result you deserve.
1. Ask for Recommendations for Landscape Contractors
Ask your friends, family, and coworkers for recommendations for landscape contractors. If there’s a home or business where you really admire their landscape design, ask who they hired. You can also ask who you should avoid.
Make sure you are getting recommendations for companies that do landscape design, as well as landscape and hardscape installation. You’re looking for more than someone to cut the grass.
2. Look at What Their Customers Are Saying
Check out their reviews on Google, Facebook, Yelp, Houzz, Angie’s List, and more. If they’re a quality company, most of those reviews will be positive. Notice if, and how they respond to both positive and negative reviews. That gives you an idea of how responsive they are.
If you see some consistent comments, good or bad, those are probably reliable. Beware the reviews that give 1 or 5 stars but don’t have any comments.
3. Check Out Their Websites
Next, pay a visit to the landscape contractors’ websites. Do they have a great-looking portfolio? Before and after pictures are always fun. Do they have experience doing what your project entails? That could be garden design, a patio, walkways, and much more.
Pay attention to whether they are licensed, and if they explain their process.
4. Schedule Consultations
Based on recommendations, reading their reviews, and checking out their websites, you should have narrowed down your list of the best landscape contractors. Once you’ve done that, schedule consultations with your top choices.
Be prepared with a list of questions to ask, and ask the same questions of everyone, to help you make your final choice.
Some things to ask about:
- Site repair
- Soil hauling
- Warranties for plants and hardscapes*
*Patios should have a minimum of 5 years. At LiveWell Outdoors, we offer a 10-year warranty on patios.
5. Get a Thoughtful, Professional Design
The next step will be to get a professional design – even one that you have to pay for – because it will take into consideration all your site conditions, i.e. topography, drainage, etc. The cost of the design is well worth it since it will focus on your entire property and address functional and aesthetic needs.
In addition, should you decide to complete your projects in phases over time, the design will tie each area together cohesively. It’s the road map that will guide your landscape contractor during each phase of construction.
6. Review Costs
Based on the consultation, your design, and all your research thus far, you’ll likely have narrowed down your list of contractors even further. This is a good time to review costs to see how they fit with your budget.
Though it’s an important factor, remember to review all the information you’ve gathered and avoid pinning your decision solely to the cost of the project.
7. Sign the Contract
Now that you’ve chosen the best landscape contractor to help bring your dream backyard to life, sign the contract, and get ready to enjoy your new landscape design!
Why Our Customers Say We’re the Best Landscape Contractors
At LiveWell Outdoors, we’re proud to serve homeowners and commercial locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic. We’re licensed in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Many of our customers have been with us for years, and we continually get 5 star ratings.
Here are just a few reasons why our customers say we’re the best landscape contractors in the area. In addition to providing high-quality landscaping and hardscaping design and installation, we do it with a smile.
Our customers say we are:
- Quality Focused
- Detail Oriented
- Focused on Providing Value
You can read more of our reviews on Houzz. If you like what you see, schedule a consultation. We can’t wait to work with you!