Landscape designers and contractors classify you, and you should classify them at the same time. You need to ask some questions to help you find out the core essentials about how they operate. Also, you have to be prepared to have a meaningful consultation. Here are some of the vital questions you should ask a landscape contractor or designer as a homeowner.
Do You Give Free Estimates?
You should ask if the contractor gives free estimates. Contractors who do so will come out to your property free of charge, discuss your plans, hear your ideas, explain how they work and ask if you have a range of expected costs or a budget. Most contractors do a piecemeal work and give free estimates as it is the nature of the industry. Projects that require plans drawn to scale can trigger a request for a design fee for the free estimate to be based accurately.
Can You Do My Project?
Before assuming that a contractor will be eager to and give you a free estimate, you should understand that the contractor will be sizing you up to see if it is worth their effort and time. The ideal client is one who wants a professional who delivers value and exceeds expectation and is willing to pay for the value.
Do You Charge for Designs?
Not every project will require a carefully drawn plan, more so if the budget is low. The other case is where the project is, sometimes the needs are straightforward that putting it on paper would be enough to calculate the quantities and square footage. Whether to charge for a design or not will depend on a contractor and how he works. Some contractors also know that they may risk losing the job because they charge for design.
Can You Provide My Needs?
This question may be unspoken, but you have first to ask yourself, what your project is and the expertise required. If you want a landscape contractor to do a small job, then don’t contact designers who will need a plan. If you know the kind of job and the materials to be used, then you can go ahead with the free estimate.
You have to be careful before calling contractors who advertise. This is because they may not be able to handle the kind of design you want. In such cases, you need to separate out the design from the contract to ensure the design is sufficiently modified to meet your needs instead of going for a one-shot deal that a landscape contractor puts together based on one meeting.
If you need help with landscape design and need a designer that can give you design and options ideas, then start with somebody who can provide professional designs. If they are licensed contractors, then you are a strategic partner for your landscape design. Surrey landscaping can offer you the best landscaping design services.