I believe that any business providing a valuable service should not be reluctant to give a prospective customer complete and accurate information about services and costs. My rates are competitive and all-inclusive. Considering the fact that landscaping can easily add up to a quarter of the value of your entire home, the cost of my services will easily be repaid in time and money saved during installation, mistakes avoided, and satisfaction gained.
Landscape contractors are under incredible competitive pressure. They know that if they don’t consistently deliver the lowest bid, they will soon be out of business. This unfortunately means that they must often cut corners in order to survive. Understandable as that may be, I’m certain you want your job done right.
If you’re so inclined, doing work yourself can potentially save you a lot of money. There is still a considerable investment in time and materials, however. Homeowners often simply lack the experience to know what will work and what will not, all too often inadvertently saddling themselves with an endless, costly maintenance nightmare.
You need someone in your corner, an impartial expert who can advise you about what really needs to be done and help you find the best value. The cost of hiring a consultant is trivial compared to the potential for wasted time and money if your job is not done properly. Frankly, if you can’t afford a consultant’s advice, you honestly can’t afford a new landscape.
Many projects do not require a full-blown design process. Consulting is a fast and economical way to get exactly the help you need to achieve the landscape you want. I can provide any level of design assistance you wish on the spot, including concept sketches. While not as precise or detailed as a full design, such quick sketches are often quite sufficient for the project at hand.
For projects involving mainly plant selection, do-it-yourselfers often prefer my “personal shopper” service. After a visit to your home to decide on what is needed, I will meet you at the nursery and assist you in selecting your plants. As a bonus, you can take advantage of my professional discount, which for large purchases will often more than cover my consulting fee.
My rates for consulting are as follows:
Minimum $100 per session, includes first hour.
$75 per additional hour during same session.