Landscaping your yard is a great way to make your home more beautiful. It may increase its value by as much as 15%. For both reasons, you want to make sure to do the best job you can with your yard. Thankfully, landscapers are available to help.

The Perks of Landscaping

Landscaping makes your yard more attractive. This helps you get more money for your home when you decide to sell it. In fact, 
many people won’t bother to look at a house without “curb appeal.” Curb appeal, made commonplace by the HGTV show, is how nice a house looks from the road. Landscaping increases curb appeal by creating a great first impression. Even if you don’t plan to sell your home any time soon, it helps make you feel better about the way your home looks.

Deciding on the Right Landscaper

A landscaper will be able to help you improve the look of your yard. He or she does this by doing more than just choosing plants. They also build additions such as decks, patios, gazebos, and retaining walls. They can even help you by planning and installing lighting systems. This type of landscaping is called hardscaping. If you need a landscaper to help you with hardscaping, be sure the person you choose has the skill to do this.

Years of Experience

In addition to having the right knowledge, your landscaper should have experience. Find out how long he or she has been in business. A company that has been in the business for many years is more likely to do a great job. Also, find out how much experience the landscaper has with the type of design you are interested in. A landscaper who has years of experience building retaining walls is not your best choice if you are building a gazebo.

Professional Groups

You should also look for a landscaper who is a member of national or state landscape organizations. One who is involved with these organizations is more likely to know more about the latest trends and ideas because they share important industry information. In addition, some organizations only allow members with proven track records to join.

Licenses and Certificates

Licensing is also important when choosing a landscaping company. In fact, many states require landscapers to be licensed or certified. The license helps guarantee the landscaper is knowledgeable. For these companies to be licensed in some states, they also must show that all their employees are knowledgeable. Choosing a licensed landscaper increases your chances of getting one who will do a great job.

Budget

Of course, your personal budget is important. When choosing the right landscaper, you need to know how much money you have to spend. When deciding this, be sure to find out what is included with the job. For example, a landscaper that provides his or her own insurance is ideal. You do not want to be responsible for any accidents that may happen in your yard.

References

The way to find the best landscaper is to talk to references. 
Visit the homes of other customers. Ask if they were happy with the final outcome. If possible, visit a yard still in progress. This will help you see how professional the company is. It will also give you an idea of how the landscaper works and if it is compatible with the way you do things.