Engaging a landscape designer to craft your space is such an important step in strategically landscaping your garden, back yard or front yard, with meticulous planning and experience needed to get the results you have fantasised about.
However, with such a substantial investment riding on the job, you want to know that the landscape designer you choose can deliver on time, on budget and to the best possible standard.
So, what questions can you ask a landscape designer to ensure the end result is everything you envisioned?
What Makes A Good Landscape Designer?
Before you search high and low through search engines and social media, it is important to understand what a good landscape designer looks like and how to cut through the unnecessary jargon.
Some of the characteristics of a good landscape designer include:
- Professionally qualified
- Creative and innovative
- Hard working
- Good communicator
Keep the above traits in mind when researching a landscape designer and see whether they touch on them in their “About” section of their website or convey these characteristics when talking with them for the first time.
During The Initial Search
You’ve narrowed down all the search engine results and recommendations from friends and you now have a list of potential landscape designers to take on your job.
While the websites and social media pages of these designers may look great, you still need to make sure that the designer is the right fit for your job.
Questions to Ask
Can I see a portfolio or examples of your past work?
What services do you offer?
Do you offer on-site consultations?
If they don’t offer on-site consultations, make sure to ask what kinds of ideas they have for your backyard or garden and get a clear idea of the style and look they plan to achieve.
Can you provide an estimate of the project costs?
Remember, cheap quotes will generally result in a finished project that reflects those costs both visually and longevity-wise – and not in a good a way. If you are unsure about the size of an estimate from a landscaper, ask them to explain the costs to you – there is generally a good reason why they have quoted you that amount!
You’ve Chosen A Landscape Designer – Now What?
Questions to Ask
What is the process, from start to finish, for the project?
How long will the project take to complete?
It is also important to be realistic with your timeline; while TV shows about backyard landscaping and renovations may show gardens transformed in a weekend, most landscape designers don’t work with a large team of people during every hour of sunlight in the day.
What kind of maintenance will my garden require?
Trust Looking Good Landscaping for Your Landscape Design
With over 20 years of experience in landscape design in Rockingham, Baldivis, and surrounding suburbs, we are passionate about helping our clients to achieve their dream landscape garden.
Contact Looking Good Landscaping to arrange a complimentary consultation for your landscape design today.