Research shows that the value of your home increases with the addition of a Patio. If you or your family have decided to make this investment, there are several things you should know about what makes a quality, long-lasting patio that will give you the best return for your investment.
Ask the Pros.
When you’re a DIYer, it’s tempting to want to tackle a project on your own with the help of YouTube and Pinterest. When you’re looking to save some money, it’s also tempting to go with the cheapest options and estimates available. While these seem like great options, it’s always best to keep in mind that professionals who have studied the market, materials, products, and details in building your patio will have the knowledge and experience to build you a beautiful hardscape that will hold up over time.
There are many companies today who are able to design and build a new patio for your home. How will you know which company can actually produce the quality outdoor living space of your dreams? Here are a few points to consider:
Products and Materials
If you have two companies who provide you with beautiful, yet very differently priced designs, the first thing to look at is the products the companies are using. Are they quality products that will hold up over time? Or are they simply the cheap version of what you’re looking for? It may take some time and effort, but simple research on your part may spare you money in the long run or a less-than-quality patio that only lasts a few years before wearing down.
Does the company that you’re looking into have experience with the type of patio you want? Are they able to provide you with photos of previous projects that are up to par? It may even be beneficial to consider asking the company if you can visit a home, facility, or showroom where they have completed a patio in order to physically see and experience the type of work they can provide.
Attention to Detail
Has the company done their research, or are they just spitting out estimates and designs? Can the company tell you reasons why they choose certain materials, placement, design, etc. over another? It is also good to note when a company is interested in your needs down to the nitty gritty detail, even if it requires more time and attention on their part. Do they actually care about you and your home or are they just trying to make a sale?
Sometimes the attitude of the people in a company will tell you everything you need to know about them. Again, do they seem to actually take interest in you, your family, and your home? Are they easy to work with? Or are they blunt, business-only, and often short with you? Keep in mind that you will be in constant communication with these people for several weeks until the job is complete. Even after the job is done, you may be in contact with questions or concerns. If the people are hard to work with, it will most likely be a daily struggle until the project is finished. It is always easier to work with companies who have personable, caring, and upstanding employees. It may even be worth it to see how the company is involved in the community to get a glimpse of their desire to make a positive impact.
To Sum Up
Remember the saying, “You get what you pay for”? Well, it definitely applies here. Consider why the estimates vary. If products and experiences of a lower estimate rank as high as the other guys, then it may be smart to go with the lower estimate. But, if it seems the company is cutting corners, using low-quality products, or does not have experience with building long-lasting hardscape jobs, you may want to consider a higher investment if you want to receive the proper quality. You may look back in 10 years and thank yourself for your investment in the patio that became a lasting part of your home and the many memories shared because of it.
A Quality Outdoor Experience
At Mike’s Landscaping, we strive to uphold each of these standards. Even as a fairly young and growing company, we have had a wide range of hardscaping experience from small, basic patios, to multi-level patios, steps, walkways, retaining walls, fire pits, and more that have been built to stand the test of time. We pride ourselves in our attention to detail as we continue to research the industry to find the highest quality, professionalism, design, and customer service.
Our management and leadership are both knowledgable and approachable. They are constantly researching integrity, technology, color, quality, and design to continually improve what we offer and address any of your questions. Our professional crews are both personable and hard-working and have a true desire to provide you the patio and finished product that you desire.
We want you to have peace of mind that the quality of our craftsmanship is built to last. That’s why we love using pavers from Unilock, one of the leading companies in both style and technology. Unilock provides the most color and texture options so the client can create a look that is unique to their home. Unilock provides Enduracolor Plus, a unique technology that ensures the wear and color of their pavers will hold fast over time unlike competitors whose color tends to fade quickly and show wear over time.
From design to finished product, our customers are never in the dark. We strive for solid communication and look to always meet and exceed expectations. We always want to make sure our clients are happy with the progression of the project at hand. At Mike’s Landscaping, we truly care about our clients and always love to have a hand in seeing their dreams come to life. We truly care about our clients, we get involved in our community, and we are striving to make a positive impact wherever we go.
If you’re interested in getting your project started, we would love to meet you. Feel free to fill out a contact form or call our office to schedule a consultation, and we can begin the process of turning your current outdoor landscape into the beautiful living space of your dreams.