How will improving my garden add value to my property?
If you want to increase the equity value of your home a well landscaped garden will increase the value of your property by at least 6% according to a survey conducted by the National Association of Estate Agents.
Particularly if you are looking to add equity value to your property it is important to get it right and lets face it every one knows someone who can do a cheap job, but be aware that a badly constructed garden could give be a maintenance headache and decrease value of your property. For a first class garden which gives your property kerb appeal call in a qualified professional.
Choose a Landscape Professional
To help you and other consumers, professional landscapers have a moral duty to prove they are competent and squeeze out rogue traders and diversifiers who use bad practices. Finding a member of a specialist trade organisation is a good way to ensure you do not waste money on poor workmanship.
If something goes wrong, would your household insurance cover you for damage caused by engaging incompetent contractors. If someone is hurt both the client and the contractor may be prosecuted. It could be left up to you to prove that you engaged a competent and insured contractor. It could be you who has to pay the bill to have things re-done or put right!
Established professionals will often spray weedkillers to clear sites. For safety, these contractors are required by law to possess spraying certificates including PA1. So if by coincidence someone's pet dies or someone gets ill after spraying a herbicide in your garden or treating your lawn, a professional will be able to prove they have done things correctly.
6 Point Advert Check List
1/ Find the more established firms who are properly trained in best practices. A guarantee could be worthless when new start ups donít exist any more. Ensure that your deposit and work in progress is protected by an insurance backed guarantee. When large and small firms are going to the wall and particularly when money is tight you don't want to take unnecessary risks.
2/ Check they are qualified or have proof of competence. Why should you take a big chance risking your money, if they haven't invested in their own competence? RHS qualifications and show awards are a good competence indicator due to strict assessment, but remember quality is often hidden in thorough preparation.
3/ Remember anybody can buy a good advert and some Trade Bodies seldom monitor standards fully, or assess competency properly.
4/ Never use mobile only firms. Mobile numbers easily vanish, whereas problems seldom do!
5/ Donít be frightened to ask, good firms will be delighted to show you their work off/on-site.
6/ With so many firms going to the wall it is wise to get an insurance backed guarantee for complete cover from deposit to post completion.
Good things are worth waiting for, so if your chosen contractor is booked up for a few months there is a good reason - they are a good contractor who will add value to your property for many years to come!
Qualified Garden Landscaping and Landscape Gardener covering Lancashire Bury Bolton and Rossendale.
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