1) Do some aspects of the work yourself or hire some labour to help. Why pay a qualified Landscaper to clear away sand. We can cart it away from the front for you. ( waste disposal prices on our price list)
2) Measure up prior to a contractor coming so you have an idea of quantities ( or bring in your plans to us). Be prepared to order a little more product for wastage.
3) Order your products first. – Any contractor who comes to quote and finds that you are ready to roll will be keen to get the quote back to you quickly and at the right price. Time is money.
4) Check ABNs are current and check your selected contractor has insurance.
5) Be prepared to pay the right price for the work- beware of low quotes as they are often there just to win a job and if they have not priced correctly you will suddenly find your self incurring extras or having a substandard rushed job.
6) Work from the back to the front where possible. Have an idea of your whole plan as doing work in the right order saves heartache and money.
7) If you had paving completed when you built dont feel you have to keep that paving in your alfresco, it can be laid elsewhere such as the side of your property . When you build the selection is limited that is included by the builder- take a look at other choices available when you come to complete your Landscaping.
8) Avoid rough pavers if you have children.
9) Limestone and natural stone products stay cooler than concrete and clay pavers in general.
10) Draw your design on graph paper to scale- this will highlight any flaws in your design and avoid any misunderstandings with your contractor. You can even down load Sketch up for free and use their design tools.
11) Many contractors are excellent at what they do, they do it every day and are skilled and experienced tradesmen. However they are that busy working in gardens they generally do not have the time to advise on selections, price variances ,colours, design ideas etc. That is where we come in- you can see all the options under one roof and put the selections together before they are installed in your garden.
12) Check with your contractor they are taking away all waste- you don’t want to be left with off cuts of paving or grass at the end.
13)Think of the future- This includes resale and as your needs change. Eg a sandpit that can easily become a planter, put road base under your artificial grass at the front so it can be parked on, put in conduits for retic to the rear before you pave, plan any lighting and put in electric conduits.