I want to landscape my front yard but have no idea what I'm doing. Should I call a landscaper? A landscape designer? How much should I pay?

Asked by Paulwilson05, 76015 Fri Oct 28, 2011

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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Sat Oct 29, 2011
Why don't you get 3 quotes from 3 different vendors. Have them draw up plans for you and see what you like best....or just draw it yourself....take pictures of what you like and go to your local garden center for tips and ideas.

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Amy Quimby, Agent, Grand Prairie, TX
Tue Mar 10, 2015
My parents purchased a home that needed a complete overhaul. They called a landscape designer, which turned out to be a fantastic idea. The service they hired factored in weather conditions, angles, and the routine care and maintenance to build the perfect introduction to their home.

One of my newest listing has fantastic curb appeal, as well. http://www.AmyQuimby.com
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Susie Kay, Agent, Dallas, TX
Mon Mar 9, 2015
If you don't know what you are doing, then I would suggest hiring a professional. Obtain 2 or 3 bids so you get an idea how much it's going to cost you.

Susie Kay
Realtor & Certified Home Stager
United Real Estate
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Caleb Hart, Renter, Orem, UT
Thu Mar 5, 2015
It's okay to not know what you're doing. I don't know anything about landscaping either. You'll definitely want to go with a professional. I don't clean my own teeth because I'm not a professional with that. Do you have an idea on what you want your yard to look like? http://www.konalandscape.com
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Thu Nov 6, 2014
If you don't know what you're doing calling a landscaper would be a good idea. A landscape designer might be a better idea just because they can give you ideas of things that would look good better than a normal landscaper would. It's hard to say how much you should pay. You'll get charged differently based on size and what you want to do. I would just decide on a number and ask the landscaper what they can do for you at that price.
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Sat Oct 29, 2011
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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Sat Oct 29, 2011
I agree with Scott. Check out your larger garden centers. Sometimes--as with some near where I live--they provide that service. Often, the service is free if you go in there with a sketch showing the location of your house, other plantings, roads, etc. Or there's a small charge--say $50--for a landscaper to come out to your home, walk around, and give you a plan.

As for what the actual landscaping will cost--that will vary widely, depending on what you want done and what should be done. You could be looking at several thousand dollars or more. On the other hand, after getting the suggestions from a landscaper, you could do it yourself and save on the labor.

Hope that helps.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Sat Oct 29, 2011
You could visit a local garden center (not a big bix store) who may be able to help you, they ofetn will assist in drawing up what plants and bushes go together and where they should go. You could also call a landscaper for a free estimate to get some ideas than decide if you want to try it or hire it out
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sat Oct 29, 2011
Hi Paul,

Welcome to our world of "specialization...." Like anything, we recommend that you begin by collecting information. The best way to do this is to contact several area landscapers and make them aware of your plans. ALERT....the numbers you bet may be shocking, so don't go with only one estimate...be sure to get several.

This process will help you to become informed about the process and help you to clarify your options.

TIP....once you have an appreciation for what needs to be done and how to accomplish it....many people elect to manage their own project and save thousands by being your own project co-ordinator. If you have the time and interest, this avenue can be challenging and fun.

Good luck collecting information and becoming informed.

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