Want to hire a super awesome gardener who will give you the garden of your dreams? Here’s how to do it:
- Iron out your desires
Make sure you know exactly what you want. Avoid being pushed into things you don’t want by having a hard look at what you want in a garden, and how a gardener could help you with this. This will also save you money in the long run.
- Take all the time you need
Don’t rush when choosing a gardener – take time to do your research, have a cooling-off period and prepare your plan. You can do this with your gardener or present them with a plan. In any case, hiring a gardener for a long-term commitment will pay off if you take your time when deciding who to choose.
- What can you do yourself?
And, perhaps more importantly, what do you want to do yourself? Perhaps you’re happy with a bit of pruning and watering but not more than that. In that case, discuss it with your prospective gardener. This could save you time, hassle and money down the line, since you will be able to do the things you want to do, and leave the rest to a professional.
- Research, research, research
This is an essential part – find as much information you can on the gardeners you are considering hiring, as well as on the jobs you want them to do for you. What equipment or expertise is required, and can they provide you with that? What kind of credentials do they have? How long will the job take and how much does it usually cost?
- Compare quotes
If you want to save money, you’ll want to compare multiple quotes – preferably more than 3. Finding a gardener at the right price can be hard unless you know exactly what they’re offering and at which price. This could take some time but you don’t want to overpay for garden design when you could have gotten it at half the price if you’d have scouted around for different prices.
- Ask lots of questions
Once you’ve narrowed down a few great candidates, try to ask as many questions as possible. Go through their experience, credentials, availability, tools, etc. Ask them if they’ve any experience with the job you need doing. Do they have anyone helping them? Are they insured? Try to cover all of your bases to make sure you’re not surprised by anything they do if you hire them.
- Maintain your relationship
For some, this goes without saying. However, it is important to keep in mind if you are not used to hiring contractors for regular work. Make sure you chat with them and give them cups of tea from time to time. By keeping your relationship with your gardener in ship shape, you’ll be a priority to them even in busy times, and you’ll benefit even more from their services.