Hardscaping is the addition of artificial structures to a landscape design. These elements are built from materials such as brick, wood, pavers, stone, or gravel. All solid structures such as fire pits, pergolas, gazebos, and outdoor kitchens are hardscapes in your yard. With permanent structures, it is crucial to call in the professionals. Here are four ways to vet hardscapers and choose the right designer and crew for your Manhattan Beach project.
4 Ways to Vet Hardscapers
#1: Word of Mouth
The best way to get your hands on a reliable hardscaper is through word of mouth. Don’t be shy if you have friends, family, or acquaintances with hardscape designs you admire! Ask who they hired! These days, it is all about who you know. Someone with a personal connection is often a trustworthy source, especially if you already know you like their work!
#2: The Official Association
Many professional landscapers are listed on the Association for Professional Landscape Design website. You can search for qualified, professional designers within a certain radius of your address. APLD is a member-funded organization that vets the qualifications of designers wishing to be listed on the website. This ensures you aren’t being scammed or strung along by a sketchy company.
#3: Other Qualifications
Interviewing your potential hardscaper is essential. Ask about qualifications, such as arborist or horticultural skills that can help you understand the depth of their knowledge. Additionally, asking tough questions about communication frequency, budgetary requirements, vision, and the trustworthiness of their crew is important.
#4: A Background Check Is a Must
Any hardscaper and their crew will be working close to your home, sometimes when you are not there. It is vital to run a background check for your own and your family’s safety. Looking into a hardscaper’s professional and legal past can help you ascertain a company’s and individual’s dependability, reliability, and trustworthiness.
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