If you’re currently considering landscaping your garden then you may be weighing up the pros and cons of hiring an Essex landscaper or taking on the project yourself.
There are several reasons why you may wish to carry out a DIY project. The first and probably most appealing reason is to save on labour costs. Plus, of course, you can’t beat the satisfaction of having completed your own DIY project – it’s something that you can take pride in for many years to come.
But there are many advantages to choosing a professional landscaping contractor to carry out your garden project, and today, we take an in-depth look at the reasons why you should hire a professional landscaper.
A professional landscaper with many years of experience will know the best installation techniques and methods when it comes to building your new garden.
Laying paving on a full mortar bed, bricklaying, screeding, haunching, tamping, and levelling are just some of the installation techniques and methods a professional installer will make use of.
If you don’t know how to do these things, or worse, don’t even know what they are, then you’ll certainly be best off using a professional landscaper for your garden project.
Most landscaping projects we carry out across Essex require a wide range of tools and plant.
Smaller hand tools, such as shovels, levels, trowels, wheelbarrows, club hammers, saws, pointing irons, set squares, screeding bars, and tape measures, are all important components of the landscaper’s toolkit.
Then you have larger power tools, such as laser levels, grinders, impact drills, hammer drills, skill saws, and chop saws, to name but a few.
These, of course, are all very important pieces of equipment that we use on a daily basis as professional landscapers.
On top of this you have other items of plant, such as vibrating plate compactors, heavy duty breakers, excavators, rollers, and dumpers.
As a DIYer you may find that you have to spend a small fortune in acquiring the tools and equipment needed to carry out your garden refurbishment.
Not only will a professional landscaper have the required tools and equipment to carry out your garden project but, perhaps more importantly, they will know how to use them.
Honing your skills and learning to use a wide range of tools obviously doesn’t happen overnight. It takes years of practice, particularly when landscaping involves such a wide-ranging skill set.
One day may involve you operating a mini-excavator and laser level to clear the site and lay the foundations of your garden. The next may involve using a shovel and trowel to lay bricks to create a retaining wall, or a chop saw and impact driver to build a deck.
Why spend many frustrating hours attempting to learn how to use specialist equipment when you can hire a professional who already knows how to safely and efficiently operate the tools and plant that will be needed to build your garden project?
Opting for the DIY route means that you are going to have to sacrifice the majority of your free time for as long as is needed to complete your project. And it’s always a safe bet to assume that things will take far longer than you predict.
If you’ve never done something before you can often be shocked at just how long it can take you to fumble your way through things.
Bad weather is a continuous bane of a professional landscaper’s life, too, and if you’ve set aside an entire weekend to dedicate to your project that is then spoiled by bad weather, you’ll find it an incredibly frustrating experience.
Delays with suppliers and getting the right materials on site at the right times can be tricky, even for professional landscapers with excellent local supplier links.
If you’re trying to carry out your normal day job at the same time as landscaping your garden, and so only have evenings and weekends available to work on the project, you’ll find that arranging for materials to arrive during these times will be extremely problematic, especially during peak times in spring and summer. And if your materials don’t arrive or the wrong materials are delivered, you may have to wait until the following weekend to get the materials you need.
It’s also important that, in order to avoid working yourself to exhaustion, you take time off to relax or spend with your family; however, when you start your garden project, you may find that these opportunities are few and far between.
An experienced local landscaper will have excellent links to local suppliers. This will enable them to source not only the best products, but to get the best prices, too.
Finding the right supplier can often be a case of trial and error and you often don’t know whether the quality of the materials or the service provided by your supplier will be up to scratch until it’s too late.
As a professional landscaper will have lots of local suppliers that they use on a regular basis, they will be eligible for trade prices. These savings can be passed on to the customer and help to offset the labour charge.
Suppliers are often likely to favour regular customers when it comes to preferential delivery slots, meaning fewer delays to your project, too.
If you’re carrying out a garden project for the first time, you may find it very difficult to visualise the end result. We know that many of our customers do.
However, by using a professional landscaper, you’ll find that that they will be able to help you visualise how your project will look and ensure that the finished result looks just they way you want it to.
That’s because it’s a job they do day in, day out, and they will have seen hundreds, if not thousands, of garden transformations throughout their career.
Okay, so, right at the beginning of this article, we mentioned that opting to carry out a DIY installation may save you money – but that’s not always the case.
Mistakes can be costly. So costly that any potential savings are wiped out.
For instance, say your lack of experience leads you to excavate more earth from your garden than is necessary. The end result is additional waste disposal costs, followed by the cost of additional materials, on top of what you originally needed, to raise the level back up to the required height.
Or say you struggle to cut those last few paving slabs accurately and you find yourself having to buy more material to make up for wastage. Worst case, this can sometimes mean that you need to buy far more than you need as, for example, some suppliers only sell full crates of paving. So, even if you just need a couple of square metres to finish the job, you may need to buy a whole crate that could cover 15 square metres or more.
Of course, as we’ve already discussed, a professional landscaper will also be able to source materials at a much cheaper price than an ordinary member of the public can. These savings can be offset against any labour costs.
If you don’t have any experience in landscaping, then you’ll probably find that a professional landscaper will save you money, and with it, stress.
Carrying out a garden project can be hard work and time-consuming.
If you’d rather hire a professional landscaper in Essex that has the skills and equipment to carry out your garden or driveway transformation, then you’ve come to the right place.
We’re an award-winning landscaping company based in Chelmsford. We offer a wide range of landscaping services and have been operating since 2011.
To get the garden of your dreams, please call us today on 01245 697 688 or fill out the contact form here to arrange for your free consultation.