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I am so frugal. When we started to think about landscaping our newly purchased home I started to panic a bit. We had just dropped our life savings into a deposit on a beautiful home situated on the Huron River. The last thing I was thinking about was spending more money on professional landscaping. However, to my husband this was an important piece of the puzzle. A new house needed a unique landscaping design and that was all he could think about. With that driving me I decided I would meet him half way. I would look into hiring a landscaper as long as I could pay him for his overall design and plant layout as long as we would proceed with the labor aspect on our own. This would save us a great deal of money but not sacrifice the look my husband sought in hiring a professional.

This communication barrier is not always from understanding different languages. The contractor should be able to restate what you are saying to make sure it is clear that you both understand.

First, ask questions. So many people feel awkward when hiring someone that they forget to ask questions, and this could easily lead to a dispute. If you don’t ask, you may find yourself making false assumptions. So, be sure you cover your bases. Ask what is covered in their lawn service package? How many hours will it take to do the yard service? Will the first lawn care take longer or cost more than the following appointments. How do they build their estimate? Do they offer an organic lawn service option? What type of products do they use? How often do they need to come to do lawn care? These are just an example of the array of questions you should be asking. When you know the answers to these questions, you’ll be in a position to help avoid disputes.

Choosing a Landscaper. Most people choose a Brick patio Yorkville by referral. This is the easiest way, but isn’t always the best. Everyone has a brother-in-law or cousin that knows someone that has installed a sprinkler system, but this does not make a good landscaper. Check out the referrals you do receive and ask to see some of their work. If they are just starting out and don’t have any pictures than you shouldn’t let them test the business out on your dime.

What are their specialties and what other services do they provide. If you want a waterfall, they should have done waterfalls in the past and if not they should refer someone to you that has the experience.

If you have a severe leak and the plumber you call does not show up for a week, is this the kind of person you want working on your home? Keep the same thought in mind with your landscaper. If you schedule an appointment with them for a consultation and they do not show up as promised, this will speak volumes as to their professionalism.

Visit the homes of other customers. Ask if they were happy with the final outcome. If possible, visit a yard still in progress. This will help you see how professional the company is. It will also give you an idea of how the landscaper works and if it is compatible with the way you doing things.