If you plan to improve your yard, one of the key decisions you’ll make is whether you should hire a landscape architect, designer or contractor. Their expertise and knowledge may be of the same levels, but their areas of focus sure vary considerably.
Indeed, it can be difficult to differentiate the tasks of these three distinct landscape professionals. To clear the confusion, many design-build firms hire architects and designers internally to handle everything, from design, to installation to maintenance; other architects and designers, on the other hand, hire their own contractors. You can also hire a landscape designer or architect to create a plan for you, and then have them recommend a Good contractor. In most cases, when you hire a landscape contractor, all design work will be part of the deal.
So the question is, how do you decide whether to hire a landscape architect, designer or contractor? This will depend on various factors, specifically your budget, your project’s size and timeline, and the job’s complexity. But believe it or not, there’s one factor involved that is actually considered the ultimate litmus test: personal chemistry.
You’ll want your landscape pro to value your inputs and listens to your goals for the project, and is willing to work with you when it comes to scheduling. They should spend time checking out your property and asking you questions about how you usually use it, the elements you want to include in the design (for example, rattan outdoor furniture), and the overall ambiance that you would like the create with the final design. Of course, if they feel that you want something that isn’t possible or is hardly wise, they will offer their expert opinion.
As always, when you’re looking for any type of service professional, the best route to a good one is a persona referral. Ask your friends, neighbors or coworkers if they’re hired a good one before. Another thing you can do is explore online directories that various industry associations maintain for public use. Ask them if they are licensed, certified and professionally affiliated, and if so, look for proof. All proposals must be given to you in writing, and make sure all the terms and conditions, including the fees, are clear to you.
Even if you’re planning on a DIY for your landscape project, the advice of experts is always valuable. After all, there are good reasons they are known as such. And of course, considering the usually expensive cost involved, you’d like to make sure that everything is done right on the first try.