How to Shop Around for a Landscape Designer
As with any professional contractor, shop around. Have at least three prospective designers meet with you at the property and provide a drawing and detailed bid. The cheapest bid may not be the best option if it fails to address an obvious eyesore such as hiding an ugly utility box in your front yard. Get references from former or current clients and call those references. Better yet, drive by the property to see if you like the designer's work.
Even the best weekend warriors can benefit from professional design help to give their home curb appeal that could make the difference between a 'for sale' sign and a 'sold' sign.