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November 2022 Contractor of the Month is: Custom Landscaping & Design Inc.

Custom Landscaping & Design Inc. is a family-owned business serving, NC, SC, and GA for nearly 42 years. We specialize in creating beautiful residential landscapes. Our commitment to quality is second to none, we listen to our clients and create their dream outdoor living environment.

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Tell Us About Yourself & Your Company

My name is Tom Goding, I have been doing landscaping for over 40 years. My company Custom Landscaping & Design Inc. specializes in creating elegant landscapes for residential customers all over South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Landscaping has never seemed like a job for me, it has been my hobby and passion for many years. The feeling of being able to satisfy our clients with a beautiful landscape is something that is very special to me.

The Interview

  • Can you tell us about your business?

    Custom Landscaping & Design Inc. is a family-owned business serving, NC, SC, and Ga for nearly 42 years. We specialize in creating beautiful residential landscapes. Our commitment to quality is second to none, we listen to our clients and create their dream outdoor living environment.

  • How did you get into the landscape lighting business?

    We started installing landscape lighting in the mid 90’s. Our company realized that outdoor living meant illuminating the landscapes that we worked so hard to create for our clients to extend their outdoor living. Landscape lighting also makes the landscapes come to life at night when they would traditionally go unnoticed.

  • What percentage of your business is landscape lighting/what other services do you provide (ie: landscaping, irrigation, electrical…)?

    Custom Landscaping & Design Inc. does more than just landscape lighting, we also do a lot of hardscaping, landscaping, irrigation, lawn replacements, and grading.

  • How long have you been installing landscape lighting?

    We have been installing landscape lighting for around 28 years.

  • What AMP products do you prefer to use? Which fixtures are your favorite?

    Our favorite AMP products that we use in most of our landscape lighting jobs is the AMP® EcoPro MR16 Spotlight (Lamp-Ready) and the AMP® 24” Brass Path & Area Light (Lamp-Ready).

  • What tips or tricks have you learned that have benefited your work from a design/installation perspective?

    One thing that is very important to us is to listen to our clients to understand their wants and needs and bringing them to life.

  • Tell me about your sales process. How do you find your customers? What is your sales process? Do you use sales tools such as a free demo?

    We install a landscape lighting system on every landscaping job that we do. Almost all of our clients are people looking for landscaping or hardscaping services.

  • Where do you find inspiration for your lighting designs?

    Depending on the landscaping or hardscaping that we do, determines what we fixtures we will use or need for a certain project so most of our inspiration comes from looking at the landscaping that has been done.

  • What do you feel is the most personally rewarding part of installing a lighting system for a client?

    The best part about installing a landscape lighting system for our clients is seeing their reaction at night and showing them how the landscape lighting can extend their outdoor living spaces.

  • Tell us a little bit about you personally: What do you like to do outside of work? What are your hobbies?

    Landscaping has never seemed like a job for me, it is my hobby and passion. In my free time you can find me working on my own landscaping, hiking, spending time with friends or out on the golf course.

AMP® Lighting appreciates the Professionals that make us who we are and why we strive, daily, to fulfill our vision statement. Our outstanding AMP® Pros deserve to be recognized for their exceptional landscape lighting work and to highlight some of our AMP® MVPs (most valuable professionals)!

Interested in being featured as an AMP® Contractor of the Month?

Contact Zach Evensen at: zache@amplighting.com

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