Being a contributing member of many National on line forums, again I hear disturbing news that vile landscaping, landscape, landscaper contractors through out the UK are targeting vulnerable people to practice their underhand business when landscaping works are required.
Allow me to make it crystal clear to all who view my site, we at Jackson’s Landscape Design continue to practice landscaping, garden design in Devon at a very high level and aim to serve our clients with a supreme service from initial meeting through to the final handshake upon signed off completion, all our projects are executed with extreme professionalism with the correct amount of materials as described in our contracts.
We do not condone the dirty tactics of “cowboys” who continue to scar our profession / industry, ever.
Finding a good garden designer, landscaper in Devon, Cornwall, Avon, Southwest, infact any where within the UK, this essential as you will rely on their advice, product knowledge and workmanship to achieve the first class garden or driveway you desire.
Peace of mind:
I urge you all, before contacting me for all your garden designs and landscaping garden build up, to contact the Marshalls register on 0845 820 5000 and ask to speak to Helen Whitelock, please quote my Marshalls approved landscape contractors registration number, R01266, and ask any negative /positive questions you wish.
Once your content with your findings please feel free to contact me for all your landscaping proposals.
The alarm bells should ring if:
1. If they come knocking because they “just happen to be in the area” – be wary. Genuine Marshalls Register Installers will never cold call. If they claim to be genuine Marshalls Register Installers, check with us.
2. If they say they can “start tomorrow” – be wary. Reputable installers are in demand and may require several weeks’ notice.
3. Never accept a verbal estimate. Insist on a written quotation. Quotes should be written on headed paper with an address and telephone number, not just a mobile number.
4. If you accept the quote, request written confirmation. A ‘cowboy’ will be reluctant to do this, however a written contract is essential.
How to avoid the Cowboy:
Plan early – reputable installers are in demand and will need plenty of notice. Be wary of installers who can start tomorrow.
Always get more than one quotation – never accept a verbal estimate and obtain at least three written quotes. Make sure all quotes are on a like for like basis for a correct comparison.
For peace of mind choose a Marshalls Register Installer. They are independent contractors not employed or paid any commissions, but they are regularly assessed and agree to follow Marshalls own code of practice and installation specification.
Don’t decide purely on price, choose the contractor that you feel best suits your needs, it may be the difference between a good job and an outstanding one.
When you accept a quote always request written confirmation detailing what the contractor has agreed to carry out for the price. It avoids misunderstandings.
Select the best product for the job. Always use block paving on driveways, though the best garden schemes will use a wide range of complementary products; a Marshalls Register Installer will always advise.
Never overlook drainage – Marshalls Register Installers are able to assess the natural condition of the landscape and will propose appropriate drainage that will be compliant with current regulations.
Protect your investment – whilst your written contract protects your interest during construction, on completion you should consider Marshalls own Hard Landscaping Guarantee for 10 years.
Marshalls Register Installers want you to be fully satisfied with their work, and will not expect final payment until satisfactory completion. If you have agreed to take out a Marshalls Hard Landscape Guarantee you will be asked to sign a Guarantee Request Form which is then submitted to Marshalls.
Relax and enjoy – on receipt of the form, Marshalls Hard Landscape Guarantee Certificate will be with you within five days and you will receive a Marshalls Patio and Driveway Maintenance Guide.
For more information on correct paving and driveway installations call me on 01626 332533