Preparing for a meeting with your landscaper: The 5 Essentials
June 20, 2017
Planning an outdoor project with interlock pavers? Be sure to choose the right landscaper. The first meeting with your contractor is an important step in the entire process, which is why it is crucial to prepare in advance.
You want your landscaping project to meet your objectives and be in line with your goals and expectations. For these reasons you should prepare questions to lead your landscaper in the right direction.
See below the essential points you should prepare for your first meeting with your landscaper:
1. EVALUATE YOUR LIFESTYLE & GOALS
Identify the main functions you want your project to accomplish. Think about the elements of your land that you like and that you dislike. All of these are important in planning the layout of the space you have available. Identifying your needs in advance will help the landscape designer better plan for your project.
- Do you frequently receive friends and family to your home?
- Do you have children? Have you designated a space for them in your backyard?
- What activities are you planning to do in your backyard?
- What is the positioning of the sun in your backyard?
- How noisy is it around your home?
- Will you need a retaining wall or a fencing system for privacy purposes with your direction to your neighbour?
If you decide to install a pool or spa, it is recommended to meet with your hardscape contractor and/or designer before making any purchases.
2. EVALUATE YOUR BUDGET
You must make your landscaper aware of your budget based on your wishes from the get go to avoid any surprises. Be sure to mention the elements that you would like to include, like interlock or retaining walls. What elements of your project are absolute, and what are optional? By identifying these, your landscape designer can determine the scope of the project while still remaining within your budget.
3. ASSESS THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU INTEND TO SPEND ON MAINTENANCE
How much time do you plan to spend on maintaining your landscaping? Do you enjoy gardening? These are important questions in order to determine how much and what type of plantations will be included in your landscape project. The landscaper should consider this when planning your project.
4. GATHERING IDEAS & INSPIRATIONS
Share your landscaping ideas and style inspirations for your project with your landscaper. Do you prefer a certain color, a textured paver? Whatever your preferances, the company you hire will take them into consideration to create the project plans. Browsing the Internet like the Rinox website landscape collection, product catalogs, and gathering pictures from finished projects in your neighbourhood are all good sources of inspiration. For more information check out our post on how to choose the right interlock pavers for your project!
5. PREPARE A LIST OF QUESTIONS
In order not to forget any details to ask your hardscape contractor, write down your questions prior to the meeting. How long will the project take? What permits do you need to obtain? Can references be provided? What is the company’s guarantee on their work? These are all samples of good questions to ask your landscaper.
You are now ready to call a hardscape contractor to schedule a meeting. Do not forget that the more information and details they obtain from you, the more precisely they will meet your needs and create the landscape project of your dreams!
Next step: Choosing the right landscaper for your project! This is not always an easy task… check out our post on How to choose your landscaper.