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You and Your Landscaping Contractor

Aug 17, 2007
As with any contractor you need to careful when hiring your landscaping contractor. You can't just close your eyes and point while tracking down a contractor because who knows what you would end up with. Your contractor has to have the right education and the right licenses and other credentials not to mention tons of experience.

Talk to at least 5 different landscapers before you make any binding promises. Ask the contractor if he or she would be willing to take you on a little tour of other yards they did in the area. This is a wonderful way for you to get a feel for their abilities. If they have nothing to show you then choose a different contractor. You want to see things for yourself that is the best way to go about it.

Many landscapers will want to show you pictures instead. This can do in a pinch. If they have a portfolio then by all means take a look at it. This is a good way to see what they can do too. No matter what you choose to do, don't forget to get plenty of references. These are the most important tools that you have at your disposal when it comes to choosing the landscaping contractor that is right for you.

In most cases when a landscaper is hired he or she will be the one to come up with the plan for the yard. They will of course have to run it by you before they start work. Be sure to get this put into your contract. You do not want to go to work one day and come home to something right out of your worst nightmare. Be sure that everything gets put past you before work starts.

Look for a creative and imaginative landscaper, one that has all kinds of great idea to bring your home to life in a big and colorful way. It is a great idea to have the landscaping contractor pay a visit to your home in order to see what he thinks. Ask what he is envisioning and see what he says. If he has some great ideas right off the top of his head that is a good sign. See if he or she is into using both color and texture in their designs. This is the ideal landscaper.

If you follow these tips when looking for a landscaping contractor you are sure to fid the one that will turn your home into dreamland.
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