How to Select Your Landscaping Contractor

When it is time to consider the installation of a new landscape in your yard or garden, you will probably want to hire someone with expertise and experience. One way to find an experienced contractor is through referrals from friends and family members who may have had positive experiences themselves. There are also several other options available for finding a landscaping contractor that can work within your budget, schedule and needs.

How to Select Your Landscaping Contractor

A professional landscaping contractor will have experience designing, constructing and maintaining a variety of landscapes. Before you begin looking for a contractor make sure you know exactly what your design requirements are. Some good questions to ask yourself include: Do I need someone who can install a complete landscape from start to finish? Or do I need someone who will work within my budget and not require a full landscape project? Another question to ask is how much maintenance do I want for this particular area? After you have determined exactly what you require from a contractor, begin searching for one.

There are several directories available online that can assist you in finding a qualified landscaping Melbourne contractor. You can use a search engine like Google or Yahoo to find these directories. 

Once you have found several landscaping contractors, you should begin narrowing your choices by gathering information about each landscape contractor including company name, address, phone number and contact person, as well as a list of references. It is a good idea to first speak directly to the landscaping contractor you are interested in before gathering information from the references he or she has provided. You may want to consult with friends or family members who may have been referred by the prospective company because they will be able to provide you with personal insight on the quality of the contractor’s work.

Before you hire a particular landscaping or timber decking contractor, make sure they are insured and bonded. Also be certain they have adequate funds to cover your project in case something arises that delays it. When hiring a landscaper consider quotes from different contractors for price comparison purposes before making your final decision. It is a good idea to wait until the end of the season before hiring a particular landscaper so they can work on your project from start to finish.