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Creating An Inviting Yard

I have always been one of those people who loves to create a warm, inviting atmosphere for others, which is why I started looking at landscaping design in the first place. It was incredible to me to see how much of a difference I was able to make by adding a few new plants, and after that first project, I wanted to help other people. I started volunteering to help friends and neighbors do their landscaping, and after a few months, I had developed quite a following. This blog is all about creating a warm, inviting yard through smart landscaping and an eye for detail.

Creating An Inviting Yard

Factors to Consider When Hiring a Landscaper

by Addison Washington

Landscaping adds value to your home. In fact, landscaping is capable of increasing your home's value by 15%. If you are looking to invest in landscaping, it is important that you consider employing the services of a landscaper. Here are some of the factors you need to consider when hiring a landscaper.

The Services Offered

You should determine the type of services a landscaper offers to see whether they are fit for the job. You should ask the prospective landscaper whether they have experience with the kind of work you want to assign them. Landscaping designers can either be designers only, or designers and builders. Some landscapers offer design, building, and maintenance services.

Designers are involved with analyzing the site and creating a design based on your needs. Landscapers who are involved in design and building create the design and also purchase the plants and undertake the whole installation process. A full-service landscaper deals with designing, building, and the ongoing maintenance of the landscape.

Insurance Requirements

Make sure you only engage a landscaper who has liability insurance and workman's compensation. This will protect you from being held liable for damage to property and accidents. Workman's compensation offers you protection if a worker is involved in an accident. Without this protection, your assets and home could be at risk, and you could be held liable.

It is also important that you hire a contractor who has a general liability insurance limit of at least one million dollars. This will protect your property from damages like fire. If your landscaper is not insured, you will be held liable for all accidents and bear the cost of lawsuits and hospital costs.

Professional Advice

As much as you should dictate the kind of design you want for your garden, you should pay attention to the professional's suggestions. After the designer surveys your property, ask them what vision they have for your landscape. Designers will have different ways of implementing their ideas for your property. For example, some landscapers may present their ideas using a CAD program. After you view their ideas about your landscape, you have the opportunity to air your opinions on what you find desirable and what you do not like. For example, you may request for more room for growing vegetables. The landscaper will then draw a final design draft based on your responses.

Learn more about the process by contacting and comparing local landscaping services.