Choosing a Landscape Company For Your High-End Property
Choosing a landscape company for you home is a big deal. You’ve invested a great deal into your estate. It’s more than just a home. It’s a reflection of your style and hard work. You want to take care of your investment, which is why you want to insure that any professional you hire approaches your home with integrity, skill, and prestige. So how do you find that person or company?
High-end residential property requires an eye to detail and a commitment to doing what’s needed long before it’s asked. With that in mind there are several key things to consider when choosing a landscape company.
High-end residential needs vary dramatically from that of other residential homes. Often needs include regular irrigation checks, ongoing trimming and care of ornamentals, assistance with pools and lighting, and seasonal upgrades and stonework. Look for a company that has a history tending to the needs of high-end residential homes and HOA’s as they will be familiar with the standards and list of items that need to be maintained. Its always good to get referrals or look for testimonials and portfolios of work done at similar properties.
As a busy professional you want to do everything you can to streamline your home life. A company that offers more than one service under a single roof minimizes the number of companies you have to deal with. Also, by offering multiple services by one company the cost per service is typically cheaper, as they are able to provide them at the same time, eliminating travel expenses and management costs.
When dealing with machines and tools accidents can happen. Even the best-trained crew can occasionally cause a little damage. If they are insured it protects you the property owner from any liability. It also shows that they are prepared in the event that something does go awry.
Certain elements of the landscape require a licensed professional by state law. Irrigation and the application of certain grades of pesticides require that a licensed professional oversee the work. You can ask for license numbers and verify they with the appropriate state agency.
How a company conducts itself says a great deal about how they will handle your property. A well managed company has a system for scheduling and following up on work, billing and managing client accounts, and has a website, business cards, answering service, and other professional attributes. A company that is invested in business tools and administrative support is also invested in building a happy customer base.
Even if they are at your home for just a short while, its important that everyone from the manager to the workman be professional looking. Marked trucks that are well maintained and clean work spaces are also a strong indication of their overall professionalism.
Although contract is typically a word most don’t want to hear, when it comes to landscape maintenance they are a good thing. Long-term contracts allow you to spread out the cost of seasonal upgrades and maintenance items across the full year. Often there are price breaks included for contract customers along with preferential treatment and ongoing care and maintenance. As long as everything that is included is lined out in detail and all terms–including cancellation policies–are put in writing, contracts make it easy for you to manage your cost and your landscape needs throughout the changing seasons.
Overall, it’s important to do your research and check the credibility and history of any company you are considering. You’ve put a lot into your property. Don’t take a chance with just anybody.