Hiring a landscaper to transform your garden or driveway is a big decision. After gathering multiple quotes and undertaking checks to ensure you aren’t hiring a rogue landscaper, it’s also advisable to consider the waiting time they provide.
What’s the average waiting time for a landscaper to complete your project?
With over 16 years’ experience in the industry, both working for other landscaping companies and successfully running his own, Aura Landscapes’ Director and landscaper Mike Warman has found reputable landscapers will have at least 3 months waiting time.
However, there are factors that can affect this, such as customers encountering unexpected circumstances and cancelling their project.
Another factor is the time of year, with the landscaping industry experiencing peaks at certain periods. With a new year, we all look towards a fresh start in January and transforming your home can often become a New Year’s resolution, creating an influx of enquiries for patios and driveways. The summer months offer a similar story, and are the main peak for any landscaping company, both periods increasing waiting times dramatically.
In contrast, leading up to Christmas will be quieter with the focus on the festive season, and can often reduce waiting times.
Why should you consider the landscapers start date before booking?
If your chosen landscaper offer a near immediate start date, it’s wise to bear in mind the factors of unexpected circumstances and time of year.
However, if you’re concerned about the shortness of the waiting time, ask for the next available start date or query it with the company. Any reputable landscaper will be more than happy to answer your queries to ensure you are comfortable with the decision to hire them.
When is the best time to book your patio or driveway?
With the run up to Christmas, towards the end of a year is always quieter for landscaping companies. If you want to transform your outdoor area in time for Summer, a great time to gather quotes is towards the end of the year October on. This will ensure there is plenty of time to get quotes, agree a design, look through samples, have multiple meetings with your contractor to finalise the project and finally the build to be completed.
However, this will vary with each landscaper, and you can often have a waiting time of over 6+ months. Although this may seem a lengthy period, you should consider booking earlier rather than leaving it till later as your preferred start date may have then been booked up.
Even though the deadline may be longer than what you initially wanted, an extended waiting time is another pillar in place confirming you’re hiring a reputable landscaper, and that they are going to provide you with an outdoor area that will not only last a lifetime but is completely bespoke to you and your requirements.
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If you have a deadline for your outdoor area, and the waiting time is a key factor in your decision– just ask! Waiting times will vary consistently, and to ensure you’re not wasting your time, we recommend asking during your initial enquiry with a landscaper. They should be more than happy to answer this, and you will not be wasting time with landscapers that are unable to work to your deadline.
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