Top 3 Reasons You Should Hire a Professional Landscape Designer

Would you ever buy a house without seeing a floor plan first? Probably not, right?

So why would you have someone take a shovel to your yard without first seeing or hiring a professional landscape designer?

Hiring A Professional Landscape Designer Will Save You Time & Money!

I’ve been doing Calgary landscaping projects for many years now and the most frequent statement I hear from homeowners is that landscape designs don’t really matter because if the construction contractor knows what he’s doing – “it’s all good”.

Another reason I often hear is the construction contractor will design and build for me.

And the most popular reason goes to: “Sorry, It’s too expensive” – which basically means that you don’t think of it as a valuable investment.

While these are all respectable points, my gut response is always: “Good luck”.

Here are 3 Reasons Why Hiring a Professional Landscape Designer Will Be of Great Benefit To You

1. Only a Professional Landscape Designer, is a True Landscape Designer

It’s easy to just put a bunch of lines on paper and call it a design drawing – what most self-proclaimed designers think. But without any formal training in the details of landscape design, we, in the trades industry, call it: ‘chicken-scratches’.

Has this self-proclaimed designer taken a proper site analysis? i.e. Shoot grades?
No, not just looked and guessed “oh, you’ll need a two feet wall” – I mean actually taken elevation shots to see how the existing land is shaped?

Have they really listened to your personal needs and come up with a solution that not only is aesthetically pleasing but fully functional? More Information on

Have they dissected the details of how different elements work within a yard – i.e. the Dominant element in conjunction with sub-dominant and subordinate elements?

What about properly defining transition spaces and destination spaces? How about a conceptual framework for the overall project?

I can go on and on but I think you get the point. You can’t have someone who learned a CAD design software just draw something random on paper and call it a ‘landscape design’ because, in the end, only a landscape designer can be the Calgary landscapers.

 2. A Good Professional Landscape Designer HAS Formal Education and Experience

In the last 10 years in being in the landscape design and landscape construction field – from a university master’s degree in landscape architecture to working as a landscape labourer, to working in an architectural firm, to working for Calgary landscape contractors – I’ve seen it all and there is a BIG difference!

How do design educators think? How do landscape architects think?  How do landscape contractors think? and How do landscape designers think?

I’ve also learned very quickly when specifically working with landscaping trades for about 6 years now, what quality workmanship is and what a ‘corner-cut’ project is.

I’ve seen my design vision for space come to reality and it’s the most gratifying feeling ever.

I’ve also seen my design vision for space turn into a nightmare, and that is not as pleasing to see. By hiring a professional landscape designer you will partner with someone who has the education, and the experience to back that education, so to help you avoid making mistakes they’ve encountered in the past.

You also want the landscape construction contractor to have a reliable track record – not Joe Blow (poor Joe – he’s always being singled out) contractor who started his company with a truck and a lawnmower because he needs his weekend beer money.

3. Hiring A Professional Landscape Designer Comes With a Price

I get it. When you think that a designer just draws a pretty picture (if they actually do) and to have to pay them $800, $1000, or even up to $3000 for it – On the surface seems a bit ridiculous when you don’t understand the details that (should) go into it – Everything from site analysis to form and function – a typical home-owner (not all) often question it.

The thing to understand is nothing in this world is free. Remember that. And if you’re planning to spend money this summer on landscaping your yard, you have to ask yourself: whether I’m going to spend $5000 or $150,000 on my yard, Should I have on paper what I’m going to be paying for?

Because the last thing you want is a miscommunication with the contractor regarding your agreement – so not only will it tell you what you’ll be getting but also acts as a contract between you and your landscaping contractor. Note: Often times landscapers will even waive the cost of the drawing if you decide to use their services.

Take a look at some of our landscape design portfolio and you will clearly see the professional difference that sets us apart from the rest.

I hope this shines a bit of light on why you need a professional landscape designer before diving into your next landscaping project contact Tazscapes Inc. Calgary Landscapers and learn why we can help you save money!

Ideas for Starting Your Own Driver’s Education School

“Brand” is relevant to every business no matter what size it is, and we need to establish our brand to survive the competition.

How will branding yourself as a Driving Instructor and a small business keep you “top of mind” with your students and parents?  What do you need to spend on branding – a small fortune?

Establishing your brand is more about how your customers perceive your business.  Even if your driving school is a mom-n-pop business, you can create an impression with your customers that you are professional, trusted and knowledgeable by being exactly that! Read More

How that is some Driving Instructors get away with charging a little more for their driving lessons than others yet still seem to be leading the way with lots of business and recommendations.  Customers will pay for perceived value for money.  With delivering a consistently excellent service and creating an enjoyable and educational experience for learner drivers (and parents), the market will place value on this and pricing becomes insignificant as they see the expertise and value in what is being offered, delivered and maintained.  As the old saying goes – “You get what you pay for”!  If the experience meets the expectations of what a student and parent expect and deserve – they will value it.

Your brand basically sums you up as a Driving Instructor and once you have established it, keep building it and protect it by meeting your students and parents expectations consistently – the same experience for past, present and future customers.  What messages are you planting in your customer’s minds?  When a customer speaks to a friend about your services, what are they saying?  If they see an ad from your business, how do they feel?  Most of all, if they book lessons with you – what do they expect and are their expectations fulfilled?  All these things are considered when selecting your driving school over another?

Many of us may think that our “brand”, starts and ends with the lesson.  Our service, knowledge and expertise is top priority but our students also remember us because of the overall experience they receive.  Your brand as a Driving Instructor or Driving School is earned over time – not over one lesson.

This experience can be likened to a “journey” or a road trip – a student going from selecting us, booking with us, perceiving our lesson value, repeat booking with us and ultimately passing their driving license.  This journey should be enjoyed by the student who gains value every step of the way.  It is the customer experience from the time they find you through to the time they are ready to drive solo.  Give your customers a truly unique experience, one they will rave about.

In the book driving lessons online today, there are many excellent driving instructors.  It is competitive and many of us are trying to attract the same students in our local areas.  We all advertise similar lessons, packs and “promises”.  Who actually delivers on those promises?  Offers the best experience end-to-end?  This overall experience will help solidify your professional brand and lead to a strong reputation and recommendations.

Start mapping out how your students and parents interact with you – what is their experience from the first point of contact?  Think through the process from a student or parent’s perspective, put yourself in their shoes! Is it a breeze or is it a nightmare? Endeavour to make their experience great and fulfil all their expectations and you will cross the winning line first…

Carry out a business health check:

  • How do your students and parents find you?
  • How do they know when you are available?
  • How do they know if you offer manual and auto?
  • How you do they book with you?
  • How much time is spent on back and forth texts and phone calls?
  • How do they pay for their lesson or lesson packs?
  • How do they remember they have a lesson so they show up?
  • How do they receive feedback on what they need to improve on and what they are doing well?
  • How do parents know where their students are at and where they need extra help?

Most importantly how easy, conveniently and seamlessly does all of the above happen?  And how do each of the above actions impact your day as a driving instructor?  These mundane tasks, phone calls and texts take up YOUR valuable time – time that could be spent on more important aspects like ongoing development, training, focussing more on lesson content and adding value in other areas that you only think and dream of? Don’t forget a day off or a holiday here and there!

How would you like to automate each and every one of these tasks as a start?  If you looking for a niche solution in the learner driver industry – look no further.

Other tips to build your brand:

  • If you have other instructors as part of your brand – take onboard their ideas and expertise so everyone is on the same page with “consistency”.
  • It’s always a good idea that all instructors are trained in a similar way to deliver this brand consistency
  • Offer your students and parents value-add information over and beyond their lesson
  • Remember names and birthdays – if these details are stored in a CRM system at your fingertips all the better!  YLOODrive could be your CRM of student and lesson history!

What is a Small Load Movers?

There may have been a time when everything you owned could fit in a small suitcase, but as the years have gone by, that is no longer the case. You need moving help to get your things from your current home to your next place of residence. You would like a same day moving company and reasonable moving services with a fair price, timely service, and folks who take care of your belongings on the move. Of the moving companies Edmonton has, some focus on small local moves but the top movers Edmonton offers will move your things to anywhere in the province of Alberta. Getting moving help in Edmonton no longer involves talking your friends into helping you lug things down one set of stairs and up the other and buying them a case of Molson afterward. It means getting moving help from the likes of Helping Hand Family Movers, one of the top Edmonton movers. More Read on

Before Looking for Moving Help in Edmonton

Moving can be a difficult time but a little thought and preparation will make things much easier. When you decide that you are going to move, decide what you will take with you. Throw away any junk, give away or sell anything that you do not want or use but which is usable or of value. Give things to a charity. If you have old appliances and are planning on buying new appliances for your new home, do not pay to move what you have unless it is to dispose of really old ones that no longer work. Not only will this house cleaning make your life simpler and easier but it will reduce the cost of your move as well.

And, let your friends and family know when you are moving and your new address. If this entails a new phone number for your landline, let them know that as well. Go through your list of whom you pay subscriptions to and who you pay bills to and make sure to change mailing addresses at the appropriate time. Cancel services like your internet and cable and renew them at your new address. These are tasks that tend to be put off until you are in the midst of setting up for your move or they tend to be forgotten. If any of your close friends or family offers moving help, this is a task that you might want to delegate to someone who is well organized.

Finding Moving Help in Edmonton

When looking for reasonable moving services at a good price, many Alberta moving companies may qualify. But, as you think about your precise requirements, the list may become shorter. For example, if you want office movers Edmonton may not have as many who are able to take on a large job from start to finish. Most folks want a same day moving company unless it is such a long distance move that the mover will pack up one day, drive all night, and deliver to your new home the next day. You will want to talk to Edmonton movers like Helping Hands Family Movers who will do such a moving task in the most time-efficient and cost-efficient manner.

Moving help should be helpful and not a chore. At Helping Hands Family Movers we will respect you and your belongings. We are friendly and easy to deal with. When you come to us for a move, we will give you a written estimate of what the move will cost, offer useful suggestions for you to make your move easier, cheaper, and less time-consuming. And, our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau speaks for itself in attesting to our honesty, integrity, and honest dealings.

Things We Will Move and Things You Should Carry with You

First of all, none of the reputable small movers Edmonton will transport flammables like lighter fluid or gasoline or things like pesticides. Plan to give these to a neighbor or (carefully) take them with you if your move is just across the city.

Next, no matter how good moving help or the insurance of the mover is, you do not want to send personal valuables like grandma’s antique diamond ring, priceless family heirlooms, or your medicines with the mover. If you have valuable artwork it should be dealt with separately to make sure that it is identified, insured, and properly protected.

Choose Helping Hands Family Movers for the Best Moving Help

When you choose Helping Hands Family Movers as a same day moving company or from a list of Alberta moving companies, you will get personal, friendly, trouble-free, professional moving service. For office movers Edmonton does not do any better. We offer reasonable moving services and all sorts of moving help along the way. For an estimate of what it will cost you, call us for moving help today.