William Blake’s poem, “The Garden Of Love” portrays the demise of a garden. Although the deeper connotation of the poem will lead us to various aspects of religious restrictions. But the poet writes, “A chapel was built in the midst, where I used to play on the green.” You see you immediately start picturing a chapel inside the garden and if a modern reader reads this, the reader would, in fact, suggest hiring a landscaping designer and never make a mistake of introducing a chapel inside the garden.
However, If you are looking forward to building a mesmerizing garden, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. You can hire a landscape designer or decorator and carefully build your garden or lawn into a garden of your dreams. So, let us dive right into the nitty and gritty of finding the right landscape designer by following the steps mentioned below in this post.
Get Your Thoughts in Order
Before you start looking for potential landscape designers, ensure that you gather everything you would like to have in your garden. Begin by asking yourself a few questions. For instance, do you want a walkway or a fountain in the landscape design? Are you planning on setting up some garden fences? Will you allow vegetables to grow in the garden? Make a list of all these questions and you will be able to finalize what you want in your garden.
In addition to this, you can also take inspiration from magazines or Google images of the best garden landscapes. Thorough research will help you share features and styles you want with the designer you eventually hire. Also, if you are clear about what you want, it will be much easier for you to compare the design proposals and choose the one that best fits your interests.
Make a List of Landscaping Design Companies
After finalizing what you want, it is time to make a list of local companies that design landscapes. Local because it will be easier for them to communicate with you and the prices will be reasonable. So, make sure you look for companies that design in your area. You can Google landscaping companies near you, get in touch with all the people and then compare the quotes and design samples they offer. In my personal opinion, you can talk to your neighbors or relatives who got their garden landscaped. This way you will get verified referrals and you can cut your list short.
Choose a Landscaping Decorator
Now, it is time to choose the best landscape decorator for your garden. You see, choosing the right decorator is very important. Unfortunately, you don’t have the opportunity to see the digital resume of landscape designers before you begin hiring. This is why you have to consider the following factors.
Landscaping is a Team Effort
There is a saying that too many cooks spoil the broth. However, it does not fit in this situation because designing a landscape requires a certain set of skills. For instance, landscaping requires a designer, contractor, and construction expert. No wonder, a team like this is successful at building some of the beautiful landscapes around the world. So, make sure you hire a team instead of a single decorator. After all, it is likely that the designer’s digital resume does not include all the skills required to build a landscape.
Whether it is a designer, a decorator or a contractor, there is one thing common in all of the – license. A designer without a license is as good as nothing because it means that you have fallen into a fake designer trap. So, ensure that you check the license of the contractor before hiring them. You can browse their online portfolios or ask them to show their portfolios with all their work. I am sure some of them have created an online portfolio with the help of an online portfolio builder to impress potential clients. So, don’t forget to check the authenticity of the people you are going to work with.
Companies Certifications and Affiliations
People who design landscapes seize to learn and educate themselves every step of the way. So, make sure that you have looked into their current on-going education and then also check the affiliations and certifications of the company you are looking forward to working with. For the same, you can check their website and see what kind of certifications of affiliations the company holds. Rest assured a licensed company will definitely have some affiliations.
Never hire a company with no liability insurance. You need to look into the insurance of the company and ask them directly about their insurance policies. You see, landscaping work is a long and arduous process. Most importantly there are several chances of committing costly mistakes like cutting a tree, gas line or water-kine, etc. This is why it is vital to hire a company that can cover the cost of damages made unknowingly.