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Re: Landscaping cost
« on: September 23, 2018, 11:23:46 AM »
To the OP, I would suggest getting additional bids from recommended landscapers if you are not happy with the three you receive.  Others can give you amounts they paid but you may not be able to replicate the same landscaping at the same cost for two reasons...1)material prices have gone up; some significantly, and 2) a lot of good contractors are busy and are pricing accordingly.  I know for a fact that the same contractor will price much higher today than they did in 2014 when work was not as plentiful.

As for plant materials, most good landscape contractors will purchase the plants as they get a trade discount and that is additional profit for them.  If the contractor provides plant materials they should warranty the plants for 6-12 months.

Don't fall victim to the shoddy workmanship of cheap contractors just because the bid is the lowest.  it will cost you much more in money and aggrevation down the road to fix problems that arise.  Also make sure that the estimates contain a detailed breakdown for you to make a fair comparison between bids.  There are many contractors today who are taking on more work than they can handle, so make sure there is a clause in the contract stating how long the project will take for completion.

If you have a plan you like, it's easier to compare apples to apples.

Find some houses that have used the contractors and ask them if they would use them again, how they were with completing the project timewise.

Our plants were purchased from a contractor's only nursery and the only way to buy is if you are a contractor or he is actually with you. We paid by credit card directly to the nursery. I wish I could get more potting soil and mulch from them but alas no contractor.

If our contractor got some kickback, I don't know about it but the prices were excellent so we were very very happy with the plants..... from bedding plants to box trees. Excellent selection and the nursery has a person who went with us, the contractor (or helped us with suggestions, size the plants get, which varieties get bigger, sun needs etc) and tags the actual larger plants that we pick out. Took us hours to pick everything out and we had a list ahead of time, partly because the place is absolutely huge and it was alot of walking.

If you can talk your contractor into going with you, make sure you allow a LOT of time, have a list of what you want, quantities and go to the San Juan Capistrano location. The Orange location is VERY small overflow.

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