If you've been planning to redo your entire backyard including a new deck or patio and possibly a pool, you'll want to make sure you can finish the project within budget. There are many ways that you can save money on your landscaping project and it starts by utilizing multiple resources as opposed to just one. Here are some ways that you may be able to save some extra dollars on making your backyard look like a million bucks.

Free Estimates

One way you can really make sure you're getting the most contracting work for your money is to get free estimates and invoices for contractors. Construction contractors will be more than willing to give you a free estimate by visiting your property and going over your building goals and expectations. You should get at least three free estimates in order to get a ballpark figure of what you should be paying for supplies and labor costs. Be sure to ask the contractors about different ways to curb costs on the estimate. This could be by purchasing certain items wholesale or by contracting out some of the work such as excavating and final landscaping.

Combining DIY With Professional Contracting

If you or your spouse are handy with power tools or you have a garage full of saws and cutting machines, you may want to do some of the work yourselves. If you have a creative vision for your new deck or outbuilding, your input and expertise may reduce the need to hire a landscaping designer—this can keep costs down. Getting some of the prep work done such as laying decorative stone or excavating a patio area on your own can also help reduce overall labor costs.

Purchasing Items Yourself

If you have a stone or concrete company that you've worked with in the past, you may be eligible for future discounts. You can use these discounts on landscaping items or building supplies to help keep your work order costs at a minimum with your contractor. If you find plants or trees at your local home improvement store or warehouse, you can use these to incorporate into your project. Ask your contractor if he would be willing to add installation services to the final invoice.

Paying Cash Instead Of Financing

In many cases, you can save a lot of money if you pay upfront on the balance of your invoice. This will allow you to avoid financing charges through the contractor and your lending institution. In some cases, if you can pay up to 10 percent of the balance down before the job is completed and then the rest at completion, they will be more than happy to accommodate you on this type of billing procedure. For payment plans or arrangements, you'll have to ask your contractor or builder directly.

It can be expensive to finance a new backyard. Using multiple tips and techniques can help you curb costs and still get great results.