Questions To Ask Your Landscape Company Before Signing A Contract
#1 What are value-added services does your landscape company offer?
As an HOA property manager, you have a range of responsibilities associated with maintaining the grounds. It goes beyond making sure the grass is cut and edged. When you can rely on a single service provider for all of your grounds needs, this simplifies the process. Find out what other services the landscape company offers.
#2 Do you use subcontractors? Why or why not?
Find out what services the landscape firm provides in-house, and what services it subcontracts to other professionals. Ask about that subcontractor relationship. How long has the landscape company been working with the contractor? Who is the key point of contact while that person is working on your property?
There’s nothing wrong with hiring subcontractors. It means that a landscape company is sticking to its core competencies and hiring specialists to handle tasks that are not its strength. On the other hand, communication must be solid between subcontractors and the landscape firm, otherwise there can easily be problems related to quality, follow-through on the job, or meeting the goals of the project.
#3 Can you provide referrals?
Always ask the landscape company to give you referrals. Find out how the landscape vendor handled the size of project and its various service needs. Ask how the firm resolves issues and how they communicate. Find out if the landscape company added value.
#4 Do you conduct pre-employment background checks and drug testing?
The landscape teams working on your property are an extension of your brand. They represent your property value, too, even if they are employed by the landscape company. Be sure to find out if the landscape vendor you hire conducts pre-employment background checks and drug testing. If not, you could be liable if an accident happens on your property and one of the technicians is under the influence.
#5 How will landscape services add value?
Landscape maintenance retains the value of your property by taking good care of the health of turf, trees, flowers and the overall outdoor environment. Landscape enhancements improve the value by ensuring your property stays attractive.
Hire a Landscape Company to Care for Your Property
A professional landscape vendor should be a true partner whose goals and vision align with your own for the property. So, ask these five questions to landscape providers before signing a contract. And don’t hesitate to call us if you want to find out more about what a quality landscape vendor should offer.