May 25 2017
A well-maintained landscape makes a big difference in the aesthetics and value of your property. However, hiring and budgeting for a landscape company to handle that maintenance can seem overwhelming.
At Maffei Landscape Contractors, we know you have choices when it comes to your commercial landscape needs. That’s why we keep our blog – to provide helpful information to everyone, customer or not.
Here are some important things to consider when hiring a landscape contractor:
- Get to know your landscape company. Upon your initial meeting, ask the landscape contractor how the company operates, who will be serving your account, how often they will be on your property and how they will communicate with you. This helps to set expectations and eliminate any surprises down the road.
- Set a budget based on your property’s needs. Every property has unique landscaping needs that are dependent on the type of business, location, terrain, the size of the lot and any special conditions. If the contractor is providing a quote without visiting your site, that’s a red flag.
- Budget for annual improvements. Your maintenance contract is the backbone of your landscape budget, but your budget should also account for services that may not be included in your regular contract, such as planting annuals for seasonal color, or replacing plants or shrubs that are at the end of their life span.
- Involve your landscape contractor in the budgeting process.Factors such as weather, labor and material costs will affect your total landscape costs. Include your landscape contractor in the budgeting process so that you get the best care for your landscape within your individual budget.
- Review your maintenance contract carefully.A thorough contract should list all the services necessary to ensure your landscape always looks healthy. Remember to discuss services besides mowing; such as edging and mulch, fertilization, and seasonal cleanups.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Before you sign a maintenance contract, talk through every aspect of the agreement. Make sure you understand what is covered and what is not. For example, some maintenance contracts don’t cover plant replacement, seasonal color, snow removal, special projects and repairs.
- Know your service schedule.Make sure your contract includes a calendar or list of services with a timeline.
By keeping the lines of communication open, working together to create a budget and having a solid contract in place, you can ensure your landscape always presents a polished, professional look that represents your business well. Are you looking for a commercial landscape contractor? Contact us for a free quote, we look forward to the opportunity to serve you.