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Getting started is easy! Simply give us a call or email us to tell us a little about your project. You’ll find our staff knowledgeable, easy to work with, and enthusiastic about helping you transform your ideas into the landscape you’ve always dreamed of.
Whether you’re looking for a free quote for some basic enhancements or for full scale design and construction, the process begins the same way…with a call or a note.
You’ll find a brief description of the rest of the process below. Click on the tabs to explore each step.
The Design Process:
1. Give Us A Call
You can speak with a designer about the basics of your project, such as where it’s located, the type work you were thinking of having done, etc. We’ll be happy to answer any initial questions you may have about your project or about us. During this call we’ll also probably be able to give you an idea as to whether your project will require any design work, or whether it may simply be a matter of providing you with a free estimate. You can decide during this conversation whether you’d like to meet on-site to explore your options in more detail.
2. On-Site Visit
There’s no charge for an initial visit, and you can explain your goals in as much or as little detail as you’d like. Some of our clients have very specific ideas of what they’d like, some are looking for inspiration from the ground up, and others fall somewhere in between. We’ll listen, ask questions, take notes and offer suggestions. We’ll also review some of Reder Landscaping’s past projects to show you how we might have addressed similar situations and to give you a sense of the design results you can expect. Finally we’ll discuss time frames and budgets. We can design a landscape to suit almost any budget, from basic necessities to resort-level environments, and we can install them all at once or in phases over several seasons.
3. Start a Design or Quote
If you’re comfortable with how things went during the on-site visit and you feel that you and your designer are on the same page, you can ask that plans be started (or for a quote*). In the case of design work we’ll request a retainer, the amount of which will be based on the size and scope of the project, and which will be credited toward the installation of your plan.
Next we’ll ask for any site information you may have available, such as house blueprints, plot plans, etc. We’ll provide you with a schedule for the completion of your plan, and we’ll get started with measurements, photos and drawings.
- *Quotes are prepared at no charge if they involve only simple measurements or in cases where you provide a design. We’ll be able to tell you on the phone or during our first visit whether we can provide you with a free quote.
4. Review Plans/Quote
When the plans are complete your designer will review them with you. If you’ve requested a concept plan you’ll see a preliminary layout showing approximate size and placement of paving, structures, plant beds, etc, along with an approximate budget. This will help you determine whether we’re on the right track, or whether some revision is necessary before refining the details. In the case of final plans, you’ll see detailed, scale drawings, examples of the materials we’re proposing, and a very specific quote and construction proposal.
When you’re ready for installation we’ll ask for a construction deposit to schedule your project, and we’ll begin ordering materials. Once we get started you can expect regular contact with your designer and project foreman, who will keep you informed on all phases of the installation.
When your project is complete we will provide you with a warranty and detailed instructions on the care of your new landscape, as well as information on our landscape care programs.
And, because we value your feedback on all aspects of our services, we will be checking in with you periodically after your project is complete to make sure that everything is performing to your highest expectations. All of this is part of our commitment to guarantee your 100% satisfaction!
Landscape Renovation: A Wise Investment
Today’s consumer has an incredibly wide variety of investments choices…stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, REIT’s… the list goes on and on, Many of these an be great investments, but while it is true that owning shares in a solidly performing mutual fund can provide a quiet sense of satisfaction, it isn’t nearly as much fun as actually sitting in and soaking up the atmosphere in another great investment…a newly renovated landscape.
Overhauling an unattractive landscape or simply adding or updating features to an existing landscape offers several important advantages for both your investment portfolio and your quality of life. On the portfolio side, your home is one of the largest investments you’re likely to make during your lifetime and maintaining its value should be a keystone in any financial plan. According to one recent study, a well-designed and well-maintained landscape can increase the value of your property by up to 15%, and Money Magazine and the Wall Street Journal report that a good landscape has an investment recovery rate of between 100-200% at sale time. This compares to 75-125% for kitchen remodeling, 20-120% for bathroom remodeling, and 20-50% for the addition of a swimming pool. Also, according to realtors, a home with an attractive landscape brings more prospective buyers through the front door and may decrease a home’s time on the market by five to six weeks. And finally, it’s important to remember that landscapes continue to increase in value as trees and other plants mature.
On the quality-of -life side of the investment ledger it’s difficult to beat the ability, after a stressful day, to relax with your family for dinner on a secluded stone patio, hemmed on one side by loose evergreens and on another by roses in full bloom, swaths of lawn flowing between trees and the cool, shaded beds of foliage that surround them, or the pride that comes with greeting friends at the front door as they stroll through an elegant setting and into a spacious outdoor entry foyer lit softly by hidden fixtures, and complete with a teakwood bench nestled beneath the arching branches of a flowering crabapple surrounded by pools of annual color.
A landscape like this that is well-designed and tailored to a family’s desires and lifestyle goes far beyond the all-too-typical role of decorating the foundation of a house. It creates spaces in which families can actually LIVE… patios and decks for relaxing and for dining or entertaining, living screens for privacy, lawn areas for recreation, pools for reflection or bathing, gardens for bird or butterfly-watching or for culinary herbs, contouring and color for year-round drama and interest, and much more. Good landscaping actually increases a home’s usable square footage through the creation of “outdoor rooms”, and if it’s done well they become a natural, flowing extension of the living spaces inside. All of these aspects contribute to an improved quality of life for individuals, couples or entire families, and make landscaping a great investment for more than just financial reasons.
By far, though, the single greatest benefit to adding a landscape renovation to your investment portfolio is immediate payoff. Again, it’s comforting to own shares in something that may pay off down the road, but a landscape renovation is a wise investment that you can actually enjoy TODAY and for years to come, and that is still likely to yield financial rewards at sale time.
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|We realize that you have a choice in landscape firms, so we appreciate your interest in Reder. We also recognize that the project you’re considering may be a significant investment, and that the value you get for that investment is important to both your family and your lifestyle. That means choosing a partner who understands your vision, puts solid design experience and quality craftsmanship to work for you, and gets it right the first time.
For the last 40 years we’ve developed lasting relationships with our clients because we meet those criteria. Like other companies, our personnel are friendly and we have shiny trucks, but our clients know that true value lies in a finished product that not only looks fantastic, but that functions well and is built to last. We don’t cut corners. We have the people, experience and dedication to do things right, and with an industry-leading five year warranty on hardscape workmanship, we have the strength, longevity and confidence to stand behind our work.
Read our Client Testimonials to see what our customers are saying about their experience working with Reder Landscaping.
Below are a few points about Reder Landscaping that we’re proud to share with you. We believe they set us apart from our competition, but please feel free to compare for yourself.
Why Choose Reder? Click here for a printable version
|Our Company||Competitor 1||Competitor 2|
|• Established in the Midland, Bay City and Saginaw communities for over 45 years.|
|• State & local award-winning projects|
|• Over 6,000 projects completed, both large and small|
|• 175 properties cared for weekly|
|• Over 50 accounts maintained for more than 15 years|
|• 3 full-time office professionals for responsive service|
|• One-Stop: Design, Landscape, Hardscape, Decks, Pools, Sprinklers, Lighting, etc. No need for multiple contractors|
|• 8 Landscape Crews, 6 Maintenance Crews, Full-Time Mechanic|
|• Clients work with a dedicated designer & crew for personalized attention|
|Our Design||Competitor 1||Competitor 2|
|• Full time, professional design staff offering team input|
|• University-trained designers|
|• Review of 26 design standards on every plan|
|• CAD Designs & 3D modeled hardscapes|
|• Black/white and colored plans suitable for framing|
|• High-end design principles applied to jobs of every budget|
|Our People||Competitor 1||Competitor 2|
|• Foremen with us longer than many companies have been in business|
|• 14 employees average over 12 years with Reder Landscaping|
|• Specialized crews – Landscape, Hardscape & Maintenance|
|• Crews receive monthly safety training|
|• Designers & owners receive continuing professional education|
|• 5 Michigan Certified Nurseryman, 8 Certified Applicators|
|• All personnel drug and alcohol tested|
|Our Quality||Competitor 1||Competitor 2|
|• Written installation standards on which crews are trained & monitored|
|• Hardscape methods meet or exceed ICPI specifications|
|• Fleet of specialized equipment for efficient installation|
|• Certified installers for multiple product lines|
|• 5 year hardscape warranty|
|• 1 year plant warranty plus extended coverage|
|• 2-5 year sprinkler system warranty|
|• Lifetime warranty on many of the materials we install|
|• Internet Warranty Hotline|