Your friends at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives have more outdoor lighting tips and this time we’re going to discuss the importance of hiring the right landscape lighting specialist. Your home’s exterior lighting is such a critical aspect of your property, you need to get this right.
Landscape lighting is intended to serve multiple purposes: to provide safety for you and your family outdoors in the evening when visibility is at its lowest, to provide security for your home and those who live inside of it from intruders and criminals who may wish to use the dark to their advantage, and to spotlight your home for increased curb appeal which can help to beautify and attract potential home buyers should you decide to sell in the future.
In order to achieve all of these things you want to make sure your landscape lighting is as effective at accomplishing these tasks. To do that, you need to hire a specialist who knows how to achieve the perfect lighting scheme for your home. But you can’t hire just anyone, you need the best. We have five helpful tips for finding that ideal lighting specialist.
Start here because many of the other aspects to hiring someone can be rendered moot if you’re not getting a lighting specialist who has the expertise and know-how that comes with lengthy experience working in this field. So, ask about their qualifications, look at previous jobs they have done, find out if they have been recognized for excellence within the industry.
If they don’t have some of these things, consider whether or not you want to work with a lighting contractor who may not meet the standards of a seasoned veteran.
You should always check a contractor’s references and it’s just as important when hiring on someone to do your landscape lighting. Any reputable and skilled lighting specialist should be happy, willing, and able to give you a list of their previous clients. Getting that contact information is important, what’s even more important is that you follow up and contact some of these clients. Hear what they have to say about working with this particular lighting specialist.
Is lighting all that your contractor does or are there other skills in his or her portfolio? It’s important to know that your potential hire is an actual specialist and not someone who does lighting in his or her spare time.
4. Good Communication
You want to know what your lighting specialist is doing, when they plan to do it, how they envision the job to look, and, above all, when the work will be complete. Any contractor who lacks good communication skills could be putting your project at risk because you may end up with a lighting job that isn’t exactly as you had wanted it to look.
Be sure to find out what kind of warranty is offered on the labor and the fixtures of your landscape lighting project. There has to be some sort of guarantee to protect your investment and to ensure that you won’t be without good exterior lighting for any length of time should something happen.