How To Choose a Landscaping Company

A beautiful landscape can completely change not only the aesthetics of your home but also the value of it. 

In fact, a good landscape design can increase your home value by up to 20%! That being said, there are many landscaping companies and contractors out there that might not be the best fit for your needs. 

So how do you choose a landscaping company adequately and efficiently? 

Do Your Research 

As we mentioned before, there are hundreds of landscaping companies that you might be interested in, but before you make the decision to hire one of them, make sure that you are doing your proper research. 

A good landscaping company will have a portfolio for you to look at. This will help you understand the kind of work they have done in the past and if their style fits your preferences. 

Make sure that you have all the information you need such as budget, length of project, availability, etc., and that you are able to compare this information to pick the best option for you. 

A good practice is to truly look at everything the company has to offer. For example, check out their social media, reviews, website, etc. This way you will have the information you need not only from your contractor but also from people that have been in your shoes. 

If you are searching for a contractor for your commercial property, the same rules apply. A contractor that works with commercial properties should also reflect that on their portfolio and website.

 

Understand What You Want 

Before you start planning out what your landscape is going to need, make sure that you truly understand what you want. Are you looking for a contractor to make your landscape better looking, take care of your lawn health, or both?

Some contractors are landscape specialists, focusing on building decks, patios, driveways, fences, and retaining walls. 

Others are focused more on the plantscape and may specialize in lawns, Japanese gardens, edible gardens, or any number of other garden styles. If you don’t know what you want, start by hiring a landscape designer to help you come up with a plan.

Understanding what your ultimate goal is will help the contractor give you a holistic scope of work that they can follow. Not only will it affect your budget and materials being used, but it will also help you narrow down your contractor decision. 

Work With Your Contractor for a Timeline 

Establishing a transparent relationship with your landscaping company is vital, as you want to be up to date with their current workload. 

This helps to ensure that the project will get completed and that you won’t be left for a long duration of time with a half-completed one. Discuss how many projects the company is working on currently, how many months they’re booked, and when the projected start date may be. 

This will help you to plan ahead and make a decision on whether or not a certain company is the best option for you. 

If you are looking for remodels for the summer, make sure that you’re starting your search a few months before. This will avoid the barrier of being put on waiting lists, or even worse, not being able to complete your project within the desired timeline. 

Review the Quote and Make a Final Decision 

When you receive a formal quote from the contractor, look over it carefully and read all the fine print. It should cover the entire scope of work involved in step-by-step detail, from initial clearing and grading to the final clean-up, including the removal of debris.

Ideally, each step of the project includes numbers for labor and materials specified in the contract. It should also specify that the contractor will be responsible for obtaining any necessary permits unless other agreements have been made in advance. 

The contract should also spell out a timeline for the project and include a payment schedule.

 

Summit Landscape

Turn your landscape into a beautiful, accessible area where people can gather to relax, entertain, and enjoy the fresh air. From granite, slate, concrete, brick, and more – at Summit Landscape, we have the materials and the skills to help you bring your dream patio to life.

Take control of the shape, stability, and functionality of your landscape. From gravity walls, stone steps, and more – we have a wide range of material options for you to choose from.

It’s time to make the most out of your landscape so you can relax, entertain, and enjoy the leisure of indoor living right under mother nature’s sky.

However, if your dreams are a little larger, we can help you design and install even the most intricate of landscaping elements. 

We offer a wide range of materials, and our experienced team has the skills to execute even the most elaborate of designs. We’ll help you achieve the best results possible, all while achieving your goals on budget and on time.

Connect with us today to see how we can help!