Jun 29 2017
So you have a landscape contractor to manage your commercial properties, or you’ve decided to hire one. Chances are you will interview and get quotes from more than one. Not all commercial landscape contractors are the same! You get what you pay for; here are some helpful things to consider when hiring.
Do your research. It pays to check the Better Business Bureau or local Chamber of Commerce for reputation. Does the business have a Facebook page? How are their reviews? See if there were complaints and if there were, how quickly were they resolved? Also, review the company’s website and get a feel for their values and style, does it match yours? How long has the company been in business? How long have they been in your area?
- Is the company local, regional or national?National and regional companies can brag of their size and status, but how much “hands on” contact are you going to have with one of them? How many layers of phone calls to reach your contact? A local company can almost always provide the personal contact most clients are looking for better than a regional or national one.
- Cheaper isn’t always better. Often the largest percentage of a landscape maintenance contract is labor. Doesn’t it make sense that a lower price translates into less labor? Less labor means fewer hours on your jobsite at each visit. Is that what you want?
- Know your contractor’s capacity and size.Is the contractor you are considering capable of handling a job of your size, be it big or small? Does the contractor have the machinery and internal processes and knowledge to handle a complex job?
- What is their expertise? Are they people doing the work trained in that specific segment? What are they best at? Are they farming this service out to another company? (If so they are most likely marking up the cost to you.)
- Experience of the management staff.Evaluate the account manager assigned to your property. Young college graduates just out of school may have all of the enthusiasm in the world, but do they have the experience to make critical site decisions? You don’t want them gaining that experience at your site, with your money.
Consider working with our local, experienced, and hands on team. Contact us for a free quote today, we look forward to the opportunity to earn your business!