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Garden makeover

We moved house last summer and its now time to attempt the garden.

I'm in the process of gaining quotes to completely redo my whole garden. Its full of stumps and stones, very uneven ground which will need a digger to level out, patio to be replaced and the rest turfed. Not sure of the exact size but area to patio is around 4 1/2m x 4 1/2m  and I think the length of the garden is 26m x 6m roughly.

I have received 2 quotes so far of £8400 & £7400. The first quote is with a smaller patio and less detail.

My question is what should I expect to pay for such a job and is there anything specific I should ask before going ahead?

Very new to garden landscaping and don't want to pay over the odds.  

Thank you


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,894

    I think the cost will vary hugely depending on what part of the country you live and how much in demand local landscapers are.
    I had £12k landscaping work done last year. I explained that I wanted the work done in the next 6-9 months, and of the 15 local landscapers I contacted only 3 responded and I only got a quote from one who had to charge VAT on top of the circa £12k. 
    In the end I got a recommendation that I used who wasn't vat registered.
    They done a mostly good job but I thought it was extremely expensive, but no one else was interested

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  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Probably in the right ballpark. But be sure that all the work is detailed including the choice of paving slabs. I would assume from the cost that is is a bit more work than digging out a couple of stumps and laying a new patio and turf?  Is there new topsoil coming in or beds to be dug over? any planting? paths? I would be wary about getting a digger in as it will compact the soil, unless it is absolutely necessary. Post a pic so we can see the problems and perhaps help more. 

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