Choosing a landscape designer isn’t as easy as you might think, and it requires a little homework on your end. If you think about it, the design stage of the landscaping process is just as important, if not more important, than the actual project build. You might feel a bit intimidated by the entire process; not everybody knows what to expect when they are speaking with a landscape designer. A successful landscape project requires a designer with experience who holds the ability to bring your ideas to life. Here are a few tips to consider when searching for the perfect landscape design company.
It All Starts With A Dream
There are several reasons why you have decided to upgrade your outdoor space. You could have been inspired by a neighbor’s yard, or perhaps you were watching a show about landscape design, which prompted the urge to transform your yard. Regardless of what inspired you, you desire a new look to your outdoor space, and you have a pretty good idea of how you want the outcome to look and function.
You might have a very detailed account of your vision. For example, you are confident that you want a stamped concrete patio, pergola, outdoor kitchen, and a few plants and trees strategically placed on your property. On the other hand, you might not have such a detailed plan for your outdoor space; you just know it needs to look and function better than it currently does. Either way, after talking with a landscape design expert, you will have a better idea of how the final project will look.
Decide On Your Landscape Design
Before delving in and searching for a landscape design contractor, it makes perfect sense to think about what you want out of your outdoor space. That is, you will want to have a good idea of what you want to be installed in your backyard. For example, you might want a nice patio for sure, and perhaps a water feature or an atrium or pergola. You might also want a beautiful garden full of herbs, vegetables, and other goodies. This doesn’t have to be set in stone, but just an idea of what the final project will entail.
An excellent way to go about finding inspiration is by watching TV shows about landscaping with great examples of what other people do with their outdoor space. You can also check out magazines or drive around the neighborhood to see what your neighbors are doing with their yards. But, of course, the easiest way to get inspired is to simply Google landscaped yards and see what pops up.
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Talk To Neighbors And Friends
It is very likely that you have a friend, relative, or coworker who has hired a landscaping contractor in the past. Seek out someone who has had landscaping done by a contractor and is satisfied with the results and pick their brain for a bit. Ask them about their experience, the reasons why they chose a particular contractor, and if they would choose the same company again for future work. Friends and family members are most likely going to be open and honest about their experiences and won’t steer you in the wrong direction.
You will also want to get the opinions of people who have had landscape design done for their property. Simply type “landscape design companies near me” in Google and click on the reviews of the contractors that pop up on your monitor. Other resources for landscape reviews include Yelp and Angi.
Make A List And Check It Twice
Actually, it’s a good idea to make several lists when you are searching for a landscape design company. First, make a list of everything you want to have done to your yard and compare that list to the services that the contractors you are interested in. You want to do this to ensure that the contractor you ultimately choose holds the ability to install everything you desire. For example, it’s not a good idea to choose a contractor who doesn’t install concrete patios if you want a stamped concrete patio.
Now, make a list of the top contractors you have chosen for your landscape project. This should be a relatively short list of the companies that are best suited to handle your project. If you need help narrowing a long list down, remember to check reviews and drop any company with too many negative reviews. Once you have that list down to a handful of contractors, it’s time to make a few phone calls.
Making A Connection
Without a doubt, there are several landscape design companies in Northern Colorado that do excellent work and can easily handle your project, no matter the size and scope. In addition, many of these contractors will give reasonable quotes that pretty much align with each other. This makes narrowing down the list to just one even more difficult. As such, you should call on these contractors and ask them a few questions.
When you have a short list of landscape contractors that are well-suited for your project, sometimes you have to give them a call and go with your gut feeling. You might call a particular contractor and not really connect on any level. This is fine; if this happens, you simply move on to the next contractor on your list and talk with them. At some point, you will make a connection with a contractor, and you will feel quite confident you have finally found your landscape company.
If you are in the market for a landscape design company, it can’t hurt to check out our website and talk with one of our professionals. We are a full-service landscape contractor, so we would be doing everything from design to build, so there is no need to hire a secondary contractor. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.