If you are searching for a qualified landscape professional to maintain your existing landscape or create a new one you should always find out about the people who own the company, who train the crews and supervise the work. They should have professional certifications, college degrees or some education that shows there knowledge to get the job done efficiently and with the highest quality.
Remember cost is relative to value. If you don’t value your landscape then I guess it does not matter how it is done and who does it. If it is all about money then I could send someone over with a chainsaw to cut your shrubs back because you saved $100. If you just want some bushes planted in front of your house with no concern of what the plant will look like in a few years then I am sure you will get a “deal”.
Most people don’t realize that someone with years of education and experience will think about the right plant for that location. A common mistake I see all the time is a small evergreen tree planted on the front corner of the house. Aesthetically when the plant goes in it looks good. Over time the homeowner finds out it was planted too close to the house or it is just too large for the space. The result is now the tree has to be severly pruned to fit the spot or removed because it may cause damage if left unchecked. Cost to remove large tree; several hundred dollars and now no tree to fill in a mature landscape. Plus you will have to find something new to match the existing plants, several hundred dollars more. Ouch $$$$!!!! If you had hired a trained, educated professional from the start you may have paid a few more dollars, but you would have had a plan.
The right plant for the right place as well as a home that has a proportional landscape with curb appeal, will add value to the selling price of the house. All in all a wise investment when using trained professionals.