How to Choose a Landscape Designer

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Jess | May 18, 2014 | no comments

Choosing a landscape designer is an important decision for any homeowner. The right landscaper can improve your summer fun, create beautiful gardens, and increase your home’s value. The options that are now available in landscape design can help you transform your entire landscape scenery into an extension of your home, lifestyle, and even your personality. Choosing a landscape designer can take a bit of research on your part, but the result will help save you time and money.

Here are a few tips to help you select the right landscape designer:

Know What You Are Looking For

When choosing a landscape designer you should spend time reviewing landscape contractor’s portfolios and abilities.  Review how long the landscape contractor has been in business and if the company has a high standing in the community.  Not all landscape designers offer the same services, so consider if you want long term or short-term service contracts, as well as residential or commercial services.

Check References

Landscape designers often have a developed reputation for their expertise on complex, challenging projects and landscape scenery.  Ask the landscape contractor for references; most will be able to give verifiable references as to their timeliness, landscape scenery, designs and abilities.  Additionally, consider the breadth of the projects the landscape contractor has previously done and if this is well over your landscape scenery ideas or if it is too small or commercial to fit your lifestyle.

Collect Bids

After you have looked through some portfolios and have had some face-to-face meetings, the next step in choosing a landscape designer is to collect several bids. You may be surprised at the vast price range that you get. It is important to remember that the highest price does not necessarily mean you will get the best product, and conversely, the lowest price does not always mean that the product will be awful. Different prices for the same landscape scenery will usually signify that the landscape designer is in a different stage of building their business or may have many employees working for them.

Do they offer exceptional customer service?

When choosing a landscape designer, also consider the person’s demeanor and attitude. Remember that this is your landscape scenery, and it should fit into your lifestyle. A talented landscape contractor should be able to take your ideas and develop them into something that is realistic, yet better than what you could have come up with on your own.  Additionally, consider the landscape contractor’s ability to be flexible for this project and your future landscape scenery projects.

High quality work, superior products and attention to detail are the key strengths to look for while choosing a landscape designer.  Your home is one of your biggest assets and you want to make sure that you are improving your home’s value with your landscape design goals.  If you have any questions regarding selecting a landscape designer, or you’d like to request a consultation with Sea Coast Designs Landscape, please give us a call (860) 853-0150.  

About Sea Coast Design Landscape

Since 1998, Sea Coast Designs Landscape has been maintaining and enhancing residential and commercial properties along the Connecticut Shoreline: Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Old Lyme, Essex, Deep River, Chester, Clinton, Madison, Guilford. From simple seasonal contract for lawn maintenance to full design and installation of outdoor spaces, our proven expertise and earned credentials poise us as leaders in our field.  You can view examples of our work online at or call today for a consultation (860) 853-0150.