October 24, 2011 in Landscaping
Finding a reputable Aurora landscaping company in Illinois does not have to be difficult. It is a good idea to have a general idea of your budget as well as a basic vision of what you want your landscape to look like. You may want to take notes, clip out images from magazines and bring photographs of other landscapes that you like to your first meeting.
At some point, you’ll also want to decide if you want a single Aurora landscaping company, such as Schmitt’s Landscape Company, to do all of the maintenance such as lawn care and hedge trimming, or just a design and install. Remember, landscaping is usually only done once therefore it is important to have some basic awareness under your belt.
Keep in mind that just because a landscaper prices his services on the high-end, does not directly translate into higher quality. Some companies provide after care services whereas other do not. They all will be different. One company may specialize in sod and lawn care and another in designing and building outdoor water systems, lighting, paving stones, pergolas and more. “Jack of all trades” landscapers are available, so just be aware of your limits and decide on how involved you want to be in the design and planting process.
When visiting with Aurora landscaping companies, take a close look at their past work. The company will likely have some of their best landscape designs and a portfolio of client photos on their website and in albums. Look around the office for awards and sample materials. If the office appears to be organized and staffed, it is likely to be a reputable landscaping company.
Do not hesitate to ask about the staff. Are they licensed? Experienced? Educated? Meet the architect or landscape design team and discuss their educational backgrounds and job experiences.
Even though credentials are important, they should coincide with pricing. Horticulturist, architects, and experienced landscaping design and construction crews can’t be compared with unskilled, untrained professionals. When pricing and taking bids, professional Aurora, IL landscapers will generally fall in the same price range.
Be very wary of a bid so low that it sounds too good to be true. It always is. A reputable landscaping company will always provide a legitimate bid and will agree to enter into a contract. Reputable landscaping companies will have a plethora of knowledge in their field so do not be afraid to ask questions. From environmental aesthetics, plant care, to permitting, a good landscaping company will be able to address all of these issues.
To finalize, when looking for an Aurora Illinois landscaping company be wary of outrageous claims and guarantees. Sometimes landscape plants will succumb to shock and die which should be spelled out in your contract as to how your landscaper will provide aftercare support. It is perfectly normal to approach your landscaper with a sense of expectation but the laws of nature will still prevail. In other words, reasonable expectations are warranted when looking for a landscape company and keep in mind that some plants may not take.