While we all want our home garden to look stunning and mystical, hiring a landscape architect to get the job done maybe a little more tricky and complicated than you think. There are several questions that you should ask a professional landscape artist before you get him on the team to transform and revamp your garden. Blindly hiring the first professional that comes your way may end up backfiring on you. Here are a few questions that you should be asking any professional landscape artist before you hire him:
Find Out What Services The Landscape Artist Offers
Different landscape architects offer different types of services to their customers. While some landscape artists only provide the services of design planning, other landscape artists offer the full-service option that includes everything from design to maintenance. Knowing the services offered will help you plan your next step properly. If your landscape architect only offers design services, you will have to find an alternate source to build the design, make the purchases and carry out the installation.
Ask For Past Project Photos Or Site Visits
It doesn’t matter if you’re planning on hiring a professional landscape architect, you need to keep in mind that irrespective of his experience in the field, his taste might be very different from your taste. While you might prefer a modern style landscape, the landscape artist that you’re in talks with maybe known for his cottage style garden landscapes. You need to request a site visit of past projects that he may have done so that you can get a feel for the kind of work he does. Don’t end up getting stuck with someone who has a taste that’s different from yours. You will only regret it.
Ask For A Garden Visit If Possible
A garden visit typically comprises of the landscape artist coming over to your place, studying your garden thoroughly and understanding what it is you wish to accomplish with the remodel. The landscape artist will discuss ideas and that he may have for your garden landscape once he scours the site entirely. This exchange of ideas and brainstorming session will help you take a call on whether or not the landscape artist is worth hiring.
Figure Out What The Designer’s Process Is
The design process involves the services that the landscape architect has to offer. You need to figure out whether he will only provide the design for you or whether he will make it a point to oversee each and every step in the making or the remodeling of the garden. If your landscape architect only takes care of the design aspect of the project, will you be able to singlehandedly take care of the incorporation of the design into your garden? If you don’t have the experience of landscaping, it would be advisable that you find someone who can take care of the entire process from design to maintenance so that you don’t have any hassles at a later stage.
Request The Landscape Architect To Visit The Landscape Products Store With You
Making a trip along with the landscape architect to your local landscape store will help you both understand the each other’s frequency. You can point out to products that you like and are looking to add to your landscape. The landscape architect can improvise on your ideas and help you choose products that will be best suited to your garden and so on. Once you both can come to common grounds and understand each other’s ways of thinking, it will become much easier to transform your garden into landscape heaven.
Find Out What It’s All Going To Cost You
Once you have done your basic research and had an in-depth interaction with the landscape architect, the next step you need to take is found out an approximate estimate of what it’s all going to cost you. You need to get a ballpark figure from the landscape architect of his fee, the amount he is going to spend on landscape products, maintenance charges and so on. You need to make sure that the landscape artist can source the best possible landscape products at the most affordable prices. If you don’t find out an approximate cost, you may end up getting slapped with a bill that’s way beyond your budget.
Consider Installing Faux Plants Yourself
While this isn’t exactly a question that needs to be raised with the landscape artist, you should seriously consider installing faux plants yourself. Not only will adding faux plants reduce your maintenance and overall landscaping cost, but they will add vibrancy to your landscape. Artificial coconut palm trees will give your garden a fabulous summery and tropical vibe. You can also opt for artificial banana palm trees for your garden. If you’re looking to add a little bit of light to your landscape, you can opt for a fake palm tree with lights. When discussing the landscaping process with the landscape artist, be sure to mention that you plan on installing faux landscaping products in your garden. This will make it easier for him to design your garden taking into consideration the faux trees and plants.
Find Out If There’s Room For Negotiations / Discounts
You don’t necessarily need to cave into the first estimate quoted by the landscape architect. You can try and negotiate with him and bring him down on the cost and even get him to reduce his service fee. Often landscape artists tend to fluff up their estimates. Squeeze him down to the best possible price so that your garden remodeling is pocket-friendly for you.
Asking these questions to the person whom you’re going to hire for your landscape work will end up being beneficial for you. You will get to know what to expect and can get the landscape that you have always dreamed of having. Make sure to get proper and thorough information before you get on the team any landscape artist. You can probably even meet multiple landscape artists before you finalize one that best understands your needs.