It is wonderful to have a landscaping project done, whether it’s a simple plant installation along with some insulation to brighten up the front yard or a whole outdoor living area developed in the backyard.
Maybe you’re still in the planning phases and want to book a landscaping consultation. Perhaps you’ve already planned that consultation and are looking forward to your next session.
While you wait for or prepare for that meeting, there are several beneficial things you can do right now. Over the years, we’ve discovered that the more prepared homeowners are for their initial appointment, the more smoothly everything will go.
Of course, you may not be aware of the preparation involved. We’ve compiled a checklist of essential tasks to complete between scheduling an appointment and meeting with a garden consultant.
Following these steps will help you expedite your meeting and guarantee that your final landscape design follows your desires and expectations.
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Take a look around the area: What is your main goal?
You must have a compelling motive for setting up a landscape consultation in the first place. But have you given any attention to the finer points? Going outside and spending time in the space might be beneficial. Consider your objectives and expectations.
There are a lot of questions to assist you in gathering critical information about your project. Not every question will relate to the topic you’re working on, but gathering as much information as possible may be beneficial.
Get motivated: Prepare your photos beforehand
It’s not unusual for homeowners to feel as if they’re having trouble expressing a particular appearance or style that they like. This is when images come in handy!
Take some time to look through web sources, periodicals, and our portfolio for photographs that appeal to you. A photograph is frequently the most effective tool for bridging the gap between your thoughts and the final landscape design.
Some homeowners even walk us around their neighbors’ houses. Work previously performed on a neighbor’s property might be your source of inspiration. Of course, you don’t have to do exactly what your neighbor did, but showing us elements and features that you enjoy in other projects might help us feel your style.
Perhaps you appreciate a few elements in one project but not in another. This is all really useful information for your project’s garden consultant.
Explaining the current condition of your site
Be ready to describe the circumstances of your site, including the size of the area you want assistance with, the amount of sun it receives, the overall moisture level of the soil, if it is flat or inclined, and so on. These aspects aren’t usually apparent, yet they significantly impact your garden.
Bring any relevant paperwork or details to the appointment
This is a simple but crucial step to help you progress with your landscape consultation. If your landscaping project involves a fence, a deck, or a patio, bring a copy of the property’s plot/survey, which shows the home and any relevant offsets to the property lines or easements, to the meeting.
This will be critical information for landscape design, and having it ready ahead of time will assist speed the process.