Waterfall Contractors: Finding The Right One For You

Are you making plans to renovate your yard this summer?

The Lower Mainland, BC is expected to have very nice weather this summer. As the weather gets nicer more people start making plans for their garden or outdoor living renovation projects. One of the most popular ways to revamp a yard (once everything else is taken care of) is to add a water feature to the garden.

Why hire the right waterfall contractors?

Many people are attracted to the idea of do-it-yourself projects. Some aren’t. Hiring professionals that are dedicated to their craft and not doing it as a hobby will save you time. Not only will you have time more time to relax after a long day but you will also enjoy a quality product. There are risks in doing things yourself and these risks grow with the complexity of the project. There are also risks in hiring the wrong contractors who only get the job because they were the cheapest.

Hiring a landscape waterfall contractor can be an easy process.

Depending on the style of waterfall that you like you can simply do a local search on Google for contractors in your area. You should first determine the type of water feature that you want or imagine already owning it and reverse engineer the process from there.

Here is a checklist you can use when deciding on which waterfall contractors to hire.

1. What kind of water feature will you have (Read: Water Features For The Garden)

2. Browse through photos online to get an idea of what you like and then do a local search for contractors that provide those services.

3. Ask about maintenance fees. Cost per call and per hour. Do this because regular maintenance requirements can cost more money in the long-term than those that cost more initially.

4. Determine how long you plan to use the water feature for.

5. How much space is there in your yard?

6. Do you want a pond or no pond? Pondless waterfalls are growing in popularity due to low maintenance requirements.

7. Determine how much the water feature will increase your property value. If you plan to sell the home consider that most homeowners are now seeking low maintenance (which is why pools are in decreasing demand). High end homes don’t mind maintenance but the opposite is true for the average home.

8. How often are you outdoors? Is it in your budget to buy something you won’t get much use out of?

9. Do you want lots of sound or just a little coming from the waterfall? Ask about adjustable water pressure to vary the sound.

10. Determine the type of lighting to be used.

11. Determine the types of plants and landscaping that will be employed around the waterfall

12.. Cheapest isn’t necessarily the best. That is a trap that you should avoid. If you want quality then the last thing that should be on your mind is to lowball waterfall contractors and take the lowest bidder. That is a recipe for disaster. When your mind is focused on finding the cheapest prices you will more often than not find the cheapest quality as well. There are other ways to get a better deal which includes providing a referral, written testimonial, video testimonial, or online review for the waterfall contractor.

Check the contractors portfolio and ask the right questions

Ask for references, ensure the photos of their work are actually of projects they’ve done. Use Tineye and upload one of their photos to see if it appears anywhere else online. Avoid contractors that haven’t taken the time to get a website. Write out an agreement of the work you want done and when it is expected to be completed by. Most contractors ask a 25% or 33% deposit upfront and the rest as the projects moves along. If a contractor asks for 50% upfront there is a good chance that they are still working on another project and will be using a chunk of your deposit to finish that one up. For that reason you should determine an end-by date and not have to pay for work beyond that deadline.

 

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Hiring Water Features Contractors For Your Garden Renovation

Water features for the garden are a staple for outdoor living.

As the weather grows warmer more people begin to shift their attention towards how they will redesign their yards. Considering the average person will spend a significant portion of their time it just makes sense to spruce things up.

There is a large variety of choices to be made when considering the type of garden renovation ideas one has in mind. Having many decades of landscaping experience under our belts we’ve heard the common issues most people had with their own yards. Most people want their yards to look nice but many don’t even know where to begin. Some believe they want a large amount of flowers only to find that they don’t have the time to maintain it themselves.

When most people look to add a water feature to their yard it is usually because they saw something online or they were in their friends yard and their neighbour had one. So what most people end up doing is going with the first company that they can find. I recommend getting a minimum of 3 estimates from different companies or contractors to get a better understanding of what the project will look like.

When choosing a contractor pick one that has a portfolio of past projects that you like. It is not enough to take one’s word for it and assume that they will create exactly what you had in mind. When in doubt ask for references.

How much does it cost? That will depend on the company you hire to do the work. Generally they will ask for a smaller deposit to begin the work. If a contractor asks for 50% of the total cost up front it should raise some alarms. Most companies work out smaller payments as the work progresses. There are times, especially with smaller companies just starting out, where the contractors ask for 50% upfront to fund an existing project that isn’t yet completed due to lack of funds.

It is safest for you as the customer to deal with contractors that only require small payments as the work progresses. Doing business simply because you like someone even if you know they might not do a good job or are inexperienced always comes with a risk. Things don’t always go as planned as is apparent in the world of contract work but there are precautionary steps you can take to avoid these setbacks. Such costs may entail having to re-hire someone else to fix the ‘fix.’

On the other hand, if you are a contractor reading this you must develop the ability to say ‘no’ to clients who will only cause more problems. It is not worth the headache and heart ache to deal with bad clients.

In summary:

1. Check the contractors portfolio. Ideally you want photos of projects they’ve done themselves. If they are in the custom crafting arena then bring your imagination to the table and plan things out beforehand.

2. Get multiple estimates before picking the water features contractor you plan to work with. Don’t overpay for something that anyone can do (eg. installing a DIY water feature from natural stones). The costs for things that cost less upfront often cost more in the long-run. Have in mind the type of water feature you want with the right budget in mind. Avoid attempts to haggle with something that is clearly out of your budget range in hopes of getting a deal. It’s not worth it.

3. Ask lots of questions. One of the ‘catches’ with most water features is that they lose their appeal after 1-2 years. The high maintenance costs of hiring someone to restore the pond and rocks from looking like green pea soup can be costly and time consuming over a long period of time. If you are a fan of maintenance free (hands off, minds off) and just want to relax then seek out low-maintenance options. Ideally you want something that suffers no cracking from ice (freeze-thaw), has no permit requirements, no excessive weight that may cause sinking and cracking, nothing that takes up too much of your yards real estate, nothing potentially dangerous for children, and something that lasts a lifetime.

4. While I recommend negotiating to get the best price try to avoid excessive haggling (see point 2) with contractors because it is a waste of your time and a waste of theirs. You will not get the best quality from asking for too much and giving too little. Often times trying to get things for cheap results in poor quality and a lower level of service. Water features, fountains, and waterfalls don’t come cheap but that is the point. The cheap variety can be found from Home Depot or Rona in a do-it-yourself kit. Doing it yourself is something that I recommend everyone try at least once. Why? Because it will yield a greater appreciation for the many years of experience that landscapers put in to the point where they make it ‘look easy.’

The bottom line for anyone seeking to renovate their yard is to pick something that gets a ‘wow’ out of themselves, their guests, and makes them feel good. WaterfallNow’s waterfalls are custom designed with you in mind so that you know you have a one of a kind custom hand-made piece of art. Go ahead, show off your yard.

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