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Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Landscape Design and Layout

January 2014

When hiring and working with a Landscape Designer, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Landscape Designer commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Landscape Designer? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Landscape Design and Layout is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Landscape Designer - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Landscape Design and Layout at a fair price?First, decide on ALL product / service options. Compile a list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have at least 2 qualified pros complete detailed bids on the work. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifyable results.
What should I expect to pay for Landscape Design and Layout?Most Landscape Design and Layout work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Landscape Designer ranges from $67 to $100. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Landscape Designer.
Do I need to use a licensed Landscape Designer for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?A professional Landscape Designer must be licensed to provide most Landscape Design and Layouts. To check a Landscape Designer's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to verify license standing and history for the business and individual.
Should I use an insured Landscape Designer for my project?Insurance is usually not required for or needed for Landscape Design and Layout.
Does my Landscape Designer need to be bonded?A bond is generally not required for Landscape Design and Layout.

Landscape Designer - Services

A Landscape Designer can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Landscape Design and Layouts. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Landscape Designer - Finding and Hiring

Not every Landscape Designer has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Landscape Designer matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Landscape Designer to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Landscape Designer - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Landscape Designer. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Landscape Designer. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Landscape Designer's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

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