10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Landscape Designer

Our friends over at Houzz.com have written an article about finding a landscape designer. Here are their top tips for finding the right fit!

Contemporary Patio by Growsgreen Landscape Design

"If you’re considering working with a landscape designer, finding the right fit — and avoiding surprises midway through the project — is largely about knowing which questions to ask upfront and being familiar with the range of services these professionals provide.

We reached out to four seasoned landscape professionals — Peter Reader of Peter Reader Landscapes in London, Beth Mullins of Growsgreen Landscape Design in San Francisco, John Algozzini of K&D Landscape Management in Chicago and June Scott of June Scott Design in Southern California — to get the inside scoop on the range of services available and the 10 essential questions potential clients should ask before hiring a professional for the job.

Contemporary Landscape by Peter Reader Landscapes

11 thoughts on “ 10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Landscape Designer”

  1. I liked your idea of asking the designer about the best types of plants to use for the area and what types of plants will quickly reach maturity as different types of plants can be used depending on the design. If that is the case, then perhaps, I can ask the professional to do everything for me. After all, I know nothing about plants, and there is a possibility that I will plant the wrong thing at the wrong time. Thank you for the advice.

  2. I appreciate your tips for hiring a landscape designer. It makes sense to hire someone who has experience with the scope and type of work we want done. I’ll be sure to check that because our project is a little unique, from what I know.

  3. I want to make sure that I make my landscape look nice. It makes sense that I would want to find a professional that can do all kinds of designs! That way I can ensure that it looks just how I want it to.

  4. It sure was nice that you should consider checking the portfolio of the landscape designer that you’re interested in to see if they have done landscape styles that you’re interested in. My husband and I are planning to hire a landscape contractor that can transform the appearance of our garden. We have landscape designs in mind that we’d like to be executed, so we’d like to find a landscape contractor that has the abilities to provide what we want.

  5. We are building a home right now and want to have a quality landscape to match the home. It is hard to focus on it with everyday life in the way. I like that you mentioned how hardscapes can be difficult to install on your own. This is why we want to hire someone to help.

  6. These are some absolutely fantastic questions, especially the second one about getting to see their past work. After all, you likely have a very specific design in mind for your new landscaping, so you’ll want to make sure that they have the skills to carry it out. For example, if your new landscape includes a new patio or deck then you’ll want to make sure that the contractor has hardscaping skills as well.

  7. Thanks for explaining how professional-level landscaping will take some time to be perfectly executed. We are looking to sell our current property by next year, and we definitely want to get more value out of our home. My wife thinks a professional landscaping job will pump up its value, so I think we should contact professional landscape designers as early as now to get started right around this month. This could hopefully allow them enough time to carefully work on our desired layout for the space.

  8. Thanks for suggesting that we ask the landscape designer if there are any ways to reduce cost, since a knowledgeable landscaper can probably recommend budget-friendly materials to use in installation. My husband and I are interested in hiring a landscape designer for our backyard. I didn’t know what questions we should ask them, so I appreciate you sharing this guide!

  9. My wife and I want to start a garden next spring, so thanks for these landscaping tips. I like your point about asking the designer for a range of costs beforehand. I want to know roughly what I’m paying for first, so I’ll be sure to ask this.

  10. It caught my attention when you said that it’s essential to have a clear communication with a landscaping company to make sure that you can have an idea about the cost of your landscaping project. We’re planning to have our lawn landscaped soon. What we want is to make sure that we won’t have problems paying for the fees when we hire a custom landscaping company because we don’t want to be surprised with hidden charged. We’ll ask for a written quote. Thanks!

  11. That’s a good idea to ask what options are cheaper than others. I would want my lawn to look really good, but I want to save money as well. I’ll have to see if my designer can do something in between cheap and fancy.

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