So you’re ready for an amazing patio installation that you can enjoy on those warm summer nights, but you’ve heard horror stories from friends whose projects went way over budget?
Don’t worry, this won’t happen to you. Here are a few tips to help you navigate your way through a landscape proposal, avoid the pitfalls, and end up with the perfect custom outdoor space.
- The first step is to be knowledgeable and ask questions. If you’ve already got an idea of what you’d like to spend, talk to your landscape contractor! They can help you figure out the scope of any project, the materials, and the timetable that fits your needs (and wallet) best. And if you’re curious about costs, be prepared to ask questions. Look through magazines for ideas, measure the size of the space you want to improve, and think about what materials you want to use.
- Make sure your landscape contractor is willing to consult with you, fully licensed, and understands what you want out of your space.
- If you shop around, make sure you read the proposals thoroughly – many project proposals seem inexpensive at first, but do not cover additional charges like labor and materials. For example, Proposal A offers a retaining wall for $20/ sq ft, but does not list what the price includes. Proposal B proposes a retaining wall for $30/ sq ft (including all materials, prep and labor). If you choose Proposal A, you might end up getting a bill for the prep, labor, and other materials – possibly spending more than you would have with the higher-cost proposal.
Summer is the perfect time to start your outdoor patio project. Check out our hardscape gallery to see what’s possible for your home!