Finding a landscape designer
Finding the right tradesman for a landscaping project can be a difficult process. You need to have confidence that your choice has the right skills and experience to suit your needs. Plentific can help you narrow down your search by generating a bespoke list of the best tradesmen in your local area that offer landscaping as a service. It also gives you quick access to customer reviews for each of your options to help you make the right choice. By hiring a 'Verified' landscape designer, you can also qualify for the Plentific Guarantee, which can cover a project from start to finish.
What do you need to think about when finding a landscape designer?
The most important thing to know about landscaping is that it requires a great deal of planning. You need to be sure of exactly what you want in terms of materials and new structures, and you will need to have a strict budget. This is where a landscape designer can help, showing you what is within your budget and where you can save money. They will also be well connected, so that they can recommend different designs, materials and tradesmen for your project.
You need to make sure that the landscape designer that you hire is sufficiently experienced and qualified for the job. They should be able to provide customer feedback from previous jobs, or even pictures of completed projects. You can also ask them to provide evidence of any qualifications that they possess. While becoming a landscaper does not ‘require’ qualifications, most good quality candidates will have either finished an apprenticeship or another industry-recognised course, such as those offered by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). The best candidates may also belong to a national tradesmans’ organisation, such as the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL). This is a great sign of a landscape designer’s skills and experience, as these groups have strict entry standards and expect members to always deliver good quality work.
Personal satisfaction is very important for landscaping work, so be sure that whoever you hire has a guarantee/warranty in place in case you are dissatisfied with their work. You should also make sure they have adequate public liability insurance in case of accidental damage. Depending on how large your project is and how much of a planning, design and management role your landscape designer will play, your final candidate may also need professional indemnity insurance.
What does a landscape designer do?
Your local landscape designer will offer a variety of services relating to the shape and structure of a garden. Their jobs will often include installing decking, balconies and balustrades, as well as patios and even features like water fountains and ponds.
Importantly, a landscape designer will be able to plan out your project in advance with the amount of detail that you might expect from an architect. This kind of organisation might sound expensive, but in the long run it can actually end up saving you money on your project. Planning everything together will also result in a more cohesive looking finished product.
How much does a landscape designer cost?
It is hard to give an ‘average’ cost of landscaping because the price will depend on several specific elements. The cost of materials, the work involved, whether you are adding new structures, your location in the UK and the condition of the site itself will all influence costs. It is also likely that you will have to hire a skip. If there is inadequate access to the site this can also drive the price up, as it can prevent workers from using certain machinery.
That being said, there are ways you can save money. You can do certain jobs yourself, such as cleaning the site and disposing of waste materials. Part of the appeal of hiring a landscape designer is that they may be able to save you money overall, so be prepared to listen to their ideas regarding your plans.
Usually you should allow yourself around £100 per square meter at least when putting together the budget for your project, and be sure to collect quotes from as many candidates as possible to avoid getting an unfair price. For smaller projects worth around £12,000, a landscape designer’s services will represent around 20%. This percentage will decrease for projects worth more.