Write a brief
– Take the time to write a brief before you have spoken to anyone. Having a clear idea of what you need to achieve is essential, especially as all traders should be given the same information. It’s fairer to them and important for you to be able to compare what they say on a like-for-like basis.
– For this to work effectively communication is essential, so make sure you get involved with the team right from the start. Let them know how you feel about what they are proposing.
Request for proposals and quotes
– Once you have made a list of landscapers and zeroed in on the designers, ask them to send across bids containing all the specifics. We recommend collecting quotes from a minimum of 3 landscapers to make an effective comparison. You might receive varying amounts but always remember that the lowest bid may not be the most economical or the highest bid need not necessarily consist of top-class materials.
– Ask to see examples of their work. Landscape gardeners are proud of their work and they will probably have loads of photos or even a video for you to look at. You can check the quality of their work and see if you like what it is they do.