If you are considering a landscape design and construction project, how do you decide which company to work with? First, be clear on both the size and scope of your project. The right company for a small planting job may not be the right company for a pool and outdoor kitchen project. Next review appropriate companies on line. The design quality of a website can say much about the design quality of a company. Read about the owner and the employees. Review the portfolio of completed projects. That will allow you to narrow the choices down and start making phone calls.
When you call a company, you will find that some offer free consultation and design while others charge for those services. In general, you get what you pay for so consider working with companies that do charge for design. When a company charges for design it means they are confident the designers have a skill and experience worth paying for. Remember, nothing is free. So if you aren’t paying for design up front, you are paying for it when the company builds the project. Everything about a successful project starts with the quality of the designer. Review a company’s design examples. Ask them to explain their design approach and principles. In general, the best designers tend to migrate to the best installation companies.
If you have a large project in mind, ask to visit other projects the company has completed. If the company is proud of their work and maintained successful client relationships, the will not hesitate to take you on a field trip. Ask about the billing practices and avoid companies that take deposits over 30% up front. Ask about the field installation crews, their expertise and how they are managed.
Perhaps one of the best and least utilized tools for evaluating a company is to visit their offices and field operations location. The character of these locations says much about the organization, its leadership, its skills and ultimately the quality of design & construction.
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