It’s always recommended you get more than one quote for your driveway or patio, not only to compare prices but to also ensure you’re hiring a reputable landscaper that’s going to install a long-lasting, quality addition to your home.
How can you tell if you’re making the right decision? – By the way the landscaping company has constructed your quote.
Simply check these 8 things:
- Have they listed the different phases of the project?
With any landscaping project, there will be phases (steps) they need to undertake. Here’s what you should normally expect in your quote:
Exceptions – There are certain exceptions to the rules above, depending on the type of materials you have chosen:
- Permeable Paving – If you’re using a permeable paving option such as Marshalls Grassguard or Marshalls Priora range, you do not require drainage.
- Have they included what depth they’re excavating to?
Excavation is one of the most important aspects of installing your driveway or patio, creating the foundation for your project. For both patios and driveways, any landscaper should be excavating to a minimum of 250mm.
Please note this may vary based on the paving you have chosen, so if it’s less than this (or not mentioned!) make sure to query the company.
- Does your quote include the drainage that will be installed?
Drainage is not only important, but also has legal implications. SUDs legislation requires any rainfall that lands onto your property to be drained within your property, allowing no run-off into the road.
If your driveway or patio doesn’t comply, it is not the landscaping company that will be held responsible, it falls to the homeowner. So always make sure that your quote explicitly states what drainage will be used.
Common drainage solutions are:
- Soakaways – these collect and distribute any excess rainfall into the surrounding soil.
- Have they included finishing touches?
We mention finishing touches above as a phase. This may include items such as jointing and installing your lawn. However, it should always include clearing waste and tidying site so make sure this is included.
- Have they included specifically what products they will be using?
On your quotes, most companies will mention the paving product you have chosen. However, there are other products that should be listed:
- The sub-base they are using e.g. MOT Type 1. Graded Stone
- For each of these phases, have they given you an approximate time these will take?
To work out your quote, the landscaper will have had to look at how long the project will take to factor in labour costs. Now whilst including timelines for each phase isn’t essential, it is good to know so that you both have the same expectations and if the project seems to be ongoing for much longer, you can question this.
- Are they providing options/prices for different paving?
You may be set on a specific paving, and if the landscaper quotes for this but also includes a second price for an alternative paving you may be unsure.
However, this is something you should be looking for. By providing you with other options, they will have gone a step beyond other landscapers. You may have asked for a specific paving, but after reviewing all other costs they may have found it will be above your budget. By offering another option with a similar look, they are being attentive to style you’re looking for but also minding your budget.
- Does it mention a workmanship guarantee?
Does the landscaper you’re looking at hiring offer a guarantee? If so, it should be included on your quote, with this document (if you choose to sign) being a contract between yourself and the company.
So there you have it, 8 things you need to check on your driveway quote. If you have any queries with the quotes you received, just ask the company questions! Any reputable landscaper should be more than happy to answer your questions.
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