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Question DetailsAsked on 6/19/2011

Need advice on landscape contractors

I need some minor landscape work to be followed by some major re-dos in a year or two. We want to interview several landscapers for the minor stuff now. My question is whether it's acceptable to expect some creative work done in the bid process and should this be free or are we expected to pay for the up-front work? We can view portfolios, but it's not the same as seeing what a landscaper's vision is for the space we'd like to landscape. If we're expected to pay for sketches or drawings how much is reasonable to pay up front for something that may or may not be used?

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I actually used to live in Campbell myself for a couple years, on Casa De Campo, when I worked in Los Gatos! I now work for a company that employees designers and landscape contractors, EnhanceScape. I know we offer free estimates, and with that you get a free consultation from one of our qualified contractors, who will match up your wants with the best options. They will work up a digital design for you as well, either in person or online.

There is a fee for the design service, however. It is $99 an hr., with a 2.5 hour minimum. Once you pay for this, it would be your to keep and use how you wish.

Not sure how this compares to other services out there, but I hope this information helps! Feel free to visit us online at to see what we have to offer.

Take care;


Answered 9 years ago by travist


It depends on what you mean by "major redos" Ifthere's things like pools, patios, arbors etc. that will require a lot of work- it is generally not produced for free, and can average $300-$600, depending onthe size of the home. Some companies will credit your invoice for the amount ofthe design after the work is completed, making it, in essence, free.

Smaller landscape estimates, say for front yard flower beds, can usually bedone for free. I would wait until you are ready to complete the work to startgetting design and estimates done. Your ideas, pricing and irrigation codes canchange and the design or estimate may have to be adjusted.

Typically if you want a design only service with no plans to install you wouldhave to pay for a front yard design as it costs the contractor to come outthere and create the work, usually $75-$100.

If the landscape contractor doesn't provide irrigation or drainage services,once your plan is in hand, you should meet with these professionals to ensurethat you have adequate water and drainage to support the new landscape. When budgeting account for these services as they might take a nice chunck out of your budget.


Answered 9 years ago by Dallas Curb Appeal

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