Landscape lighting professionals are dedicated to their trade. The technical knowledge and experience necessary, to do landscape lighting at the top level, can take years of practice in the field to acquire. A landscape lighting professional is not a jack of all trades, but rather, a master at his craft. When hiring an outdoor lighting professional, you should expect them to be an expert at what they do.
When you contact a lighting design/build company, you should expect that the following steps will occur.
The first visit should be kept short. The first visit should serve to allow the designer & home owner to walk through the project together. By becoming acquainted with the project, the designer can insure that the home owner’s needs are addressed in the design.
The first visit also serves as an important time for a budget to be established. A budget will help the Designers and homeowner understand the scale & scope of the project.
The Lighting Designer will gather as much information as possible, including pictures of the property and locations of accessible power in order to create a lighting design that is well suited for the client.
During the second visit a proposal should be presented, details covered, and all questions resolved so that an informed decision can be made by the homeowner whether or not to proceed with the installation.
The Lighting Designer should be able to show a visual through examples of how it will affect their property.
Once a decision has been made, a clear outline should be presented, as well as a start & completion date.
In addition, all warranties should be available in writing. The company should indicate what maintenance or service should be expected, to upkeep the system, once it is installed. It’s crucial that there is an understanding of what maintenance will need to be performed by the home owner to keep the system in good condition.
Ask if they offer a service plan, since some home owners may prefer to utilize these services.