The dream of homeownership is something that many families aspire to. Once that dream is achieved, however, many faces the daunting task of sprucing up the home’s curb appeal. Designing a natural and inviting landscape is a major step in that endeavor. A beautiful, well-designed landscape not only provides curb appeal but also creates a relaxing outdoor retreat around the home that the whole family can enjoy together.
While it may be tempting to try and put together a landscaped garden design without the help of a professional, hiring a designer does have several noted benefits, and believe it or not, working with a professional may save you money in the long run. Before you dive into a massive do-it-yourself landscaping project around your home, consider the following ways that you may benefit from hiring a landscape designer.
Remember that garden landscaping is the career of a professional designer. You probably have a vision of how you would like your garden to appear, but a professional can break down the nuts and bolts of what is involved in actually achieving that vision. They will be able to tell you what will work, what will save you money, and even how to take your vision to the next level. They have seen and worked with a variety of landscapes and can offer suggestions that you may not have thought of.
While you are planning your landscape, you always want to keep in mind that your landscape is literally comprised of living organisms. A well-planned landscape should be low maintenance. This requires choosing plants that will thrive in your climate throughout all four seasons. A landscape designer will know not only which plant looks great, but also which plants will do well in your particular climate, soil, etc. For example, you would not design a landscape in London the same way that you would in Barcelona.
Are you looking to lower your energy bill? Believe it or not, a landscape designer can help with that as well. They can help you choose trees with broad foliage to plant near your home so that they block direct sunlight in the heat of the day. Landscapers can also help you choose plants that require little watering or fertilization so that you can save money on your water bill as well as fertilizers.
On the topic of money, a landscape designer will ask you for your budget, and they will help you keep your ideas within that budget. These professionals will know what is, and what is not achievable with the money that you have available. They will also help you maximize your budget.
With their help, you can choose the most practical items to splurge on and items that just aren’t worth the money.
Once you and the hired landscape professional decide on a vision and a plan, the next step is to execute that plan. Professional landscape designers have a plethora of resources at their fingertips. They work closely with wholesale retailers, equipment rental companies, and even city code officials. Essentially they know the in’s and out’s of the garden landscaping business and can connect you with exactly the right resources needed to get the job done.
While the job is being completed, it goes without saying that unexpected variables will arise. Whether it is a buried cable, an unknown city ordinance, or an unseasonable month of rain while the project is taking place, a landscaper will know his or her way around these pitfalls and help to ensure that your project still turns our spectacular and within budget.
Familiar with market values
It is also worth noting that landscape designers typically are familiar with the housing market and home values in your area. By working with a landscape designer who knows the market, you can significantly increase the property value of your home with a great design.
If you are still unsure as to whether hiring a landscape designer is the right route for you, consider making appointments with a few local companies. Most landscapers offer free consultations and will be happy to toss around ideas with you. If you do sit down with several landscape designers, here are some questions to ask.
Serves two styles
This serves two purposes; you can make sure you like their design style, and you can also give them an idea of your style by pointing out design elements that you do like, and those that you do not. Ask them how they troubleshoot unforeseen hiccups in their projects and make sure they can keep you within budget even if these hiccups are to arise.
A landscape is a big undertaking, and the result of your efforts will be one that you will live with for years. It is at least worth consulting a professional landscape designer. They can give you practical advice, save you money, and help bring your vision to life! It is worth a little extra legwork to see what they can offer you!