I generally recommend getting a couple of quotes but no more than three. A landscape plan, designed by yourself or by a landscape architect, can help you to compare “apples to apples” pricing from multiple contractors. To obtain accurate bids, arrange a time for each professional landscape contractor to visit your home to discuss your project. Unilock helps you connect with up to three authorized professional landscape contractors by simply filling out this form.
Before you meet the contractors it would be good to familiarize yourself with the best installation practices. Watching the Unilock video can be really helpful for this. Be sure to watch parts I & II.
During the interview process, be sure to get the contractor's advice and suggestions on how they would do the work. At this meeting you might even get a rough estimate of the job, depending on its size and complexity. You should also see how creative the contractor is and if they offer up design suggestions that make sense for your tastes and budget. I would ask for Uvision design sheets of the products that they recommend. Don't get pressured into signing a contract right away, which is a sure sign that this contractor is not capable or is just after your pocketbook. Competent, honest contractors with integrity will never pressure you. In this initial meeting you should find out as much as you can about the contractor. Here are some questions you should ask:
You won’t offend reputable firms with lots of questions. If a contractor doesn’t seem to know the answer to many of your questions or seems to avoid answering them, you may have the wrong contractor. References are very important. A satisfied customer is the best reference you can get. Get three or four references for installations they have done which are similar to yours. Phone these references and see if their experience was a positive one. It doesn't hurt to ask if you can come out and see the work.
Finally, I recommend that you read the “Be Paver Wise” manual for more helpful tips on selecting the best contractor for your landscape project. By spending some extra time up front, it can help avoid problems later.