Your property’s landscaping is the external face of your business so you want to make sure your outdoor areas are well maintained at all times. For most organisations this means hiring a professional landscaper to take care of your outside areas and ensure they look the best they can. The right landscaper will help you make a great impression on customers and employees, while the wrong landscaper can be a disaster.
Here are a few questions you should ask your landscaper before you sign on the dotted line.
- What services are included in the cost? This is an essential area to clarify before you sign a contract. Will your landscaper take care of ongoing maintenance or just the initial work? If they are going to do your ongoing maintenance, what exactly is included? Getting this clear upfront will help you avoid any misunderstandings or unexpected costs.
- Will you be doing all the work or do you use subcontractors? It’s important to know exactly who is going to be carrying out the work on your property – many landscapers subcontract to smaller companies and although this is not necessarily a bad thing, if it’s not done well, subcontracting can lead to communication issues and an inconsistent result.
- Have you maintained other properties similar to ours? It’s a good idea to ask for addresses of other commercial properties your landscaper maintains and go and visit them. This will give you a good idea of what your end result will be, especially if the property’s needs are similar to yours.
- Do you have the necessary insurance cover? Your landscaper should be covered in case of any damage or injury that is sustained on your property. This will protect both them and you and it’s a legal requirement in most places.
By taking the time to find the right landscaper you can avoid paying too much for your landscaping and keep your commercial property looking at its best.