Tips For Working With A Landscape Installation Company
When you first begin looking for a landscape installation company, it is important to sit down and make a list of your priorities. There are three primary factors that you should take into account when comparing companies. These include the level of customer service, the quality of the work, and the overall price that the company charges.
It is important to remember that all of these factors are interconnected. For instance, if you want a company that uses the highest quality materials, you need to be willing to pay a premium price. If you want to spend less money on the project, on the other hand, you may need to be willing to sacrifice a little bit in terms of quality or customer service. It is all about finding a balance.
Usually, your best bet is to contact more than one company to get quotes for your project. You may want to start by hiring a single company to create an overall landscaping design for you. Then, you can have several different companies provide bids on how much it would cost to complete that particular design. That way, you can more accurately compare prices between companies since they are all submitting bids for the same project.
Prices from one company to the next tend to be quite similar. Most companies expect you to solicit more than one bid since they understand the importance of shopping around. As you compare quotes, however, be sure to remember that spending more money doesn’t always guarantee a better outcome. You need to not only consider the price that you are quoted but also the size and reputation of the company when deciding which installer you want to hire.
Although you may have to spend more money to hire a large, well-established company, those companies may have access to resources that smaller companies don’t. That means that you may be able to get materials that are of a higher quality or that are more unique by working with a larger company rather than a smaller company.
Smaller companies, on the other hand, often are more affordable. In many cases, however, these companies are fairly new to the industry. Because of that, they may be prone to experiencing more problems during the installation process. For instance, they may not have the experience necessary to properly estimate how long the project will take to complete.
Regardless of the size of the company you choose to work with, you need to make sure that they are adequately insured and properly licensed. You should also make sure that they are willing to sign a written contract before they begin work.
Coming up with a budget for your project can be a little bit challenging. One good way to go about getting a general idea of how much a project will cost is by looking at completed yards that are similar in style and scale to how you want your yard to look when it is finished.
Start by finding a house that has landscaping that you love. Then, determine how large each of the beds are. If you don’t have a chance to physically measure them, you can get a fairly good estimate by looking at the plants that they contain. For instance, a mid-sized shrub usually measures about 3 feet in diameter. Smaller shrubs, on the other hand, usually come in just under 2 feet in diameter. You can add up the approximate width of all of the plants in the bed to get an estimate of how deep and wide it is.
Then, all you have to do is multiply the width of the bed by its depth to determine its overall square footage. Using this figure, you can then figure out how much it would cost to have a similar bed installed in front of your home by finding out how much landscaping companies in your area charge per square foot.
You may find it difficult to find a landscaping company that is willing to take on your project if it is relatively small in size. Most companies prefer to work on larger projects since they tend to be more profitable.
If you anticipate that your project will cost less than $5,000, you may want to wait until you have additional work to be done. Otherwise, it might be difficult for you to find a company that is willing to take on the project. Most landscape installation companies balk at the idea of working on smaller projects since they are harder to turn a profit on.
One way to get around this problem is by working with a landscape designer to come up with a solid design before you begin looking for installation companies. Companies are more likely to take on small projects if you already have a solid plan that clearly outlines exactly what you want. This can save them time which, in turn, can save you money and can also make your project more attractive to them from a profitability standpoint.