Before becoming a homeowner, many people do not realize all of the work and responsibility that comes with that ownership. One of the most important things that needs continuous care is the lawn. If a house doesn’t have a trimmed lawn and trimmed bushes, neighbors consequently think that the homeowner is not conscientious. It is also a known fact that homes without proper landscaping do not fare as well in the market when they are up for sale. Another benefit of having a beautiful lawn is that you can enjoy it in the nice weather by having barbecues and family get-togethers, as well as other things. The advantages of a well-landscaped property are numerous, so how does one decide between doing it themselves or hiring a professional landscaping service?
Times to Call in the Pros
There are some situations in which the homeowner is going to definitely want to hire a landscaper. One such situation is when the homeowner has a disability or any other impairment which will not allow for the performance of this kind of work. Another time when a homeowner is going to hire a landscaper is when the job requires a greater level of skill or unique equipment. This might be for things like tree removal or cutting, or the building of stone fences, paths, or patios. Sometimes people just don’t have the time or energy to care for the lawn themselves. A single parent may be working full-time and have so much already on their plate that there is nothing left to give for tasks such as these. Other possible scenarios could be that the homeowner simply does not have a green thumb, or that they don’t enjoy doing this type of work. These are some of the situations in which a homeowner is better off hiring a landscaper than doing it themselves.
What are the Costs?
The cost for a homeowner to do the landscaping is going to depend largely upon the type of equipment purchased. A push mower will typically cost somewhere in the range of $300.00. If a lawn tractor is needed, the price is going to be significantly more (usually between $900.00 and $2,500.00). Other machinery needed might include a hedge trimmer, rake, shovel, leaf blower, and a weed wacker. Some other costs to consider are the gas and oil needed to operate and maintain these machines and any repairs they will need. (A homeowner also has to consider the fact that they need space to store all of this equipment, preferably a garage or shed).
The costs for hiring a landscaper will be more in the long-run, but it may be worth it for those individuals who find them in the situations that were listed above. My father was a landscaper and he typically tried to mow each of his clients’ lawns once a week. A usual price for him, which I have been told by other sources is low, was $40.00 each time it was mowed. This means that at a minimum, a homeowner should expect to pay at least $150.00 a month for their lawn care.
Deciding whether or not to hire a professional landscaper depends on the current situation of the individual. Things like lifestyle, time, energy, and especially money, all play important roles in determining what step to take.