If you own a commercial property, then landscaping is part of running a business – whether you like it or not.
To help you take one thing off your plate (and help you reduce your stress in the process), consider hiring a commercial contractor. But how do you choose the right contractor? And which services do you really need?
To help you find the best lawn care solution, here are some simple business tips.
What is included in marketing?
When choosing a landscape contractor, it’s important to know that no plan is the same. The services you choose should be tailored to the unique needs of your property. Here are some jobs you may want to consider.
- Mowing: Regular mowing of your lawn is often the basis of a landscaping contract. This includes weeding and weeding around the road and sidewalks.
- Turf care: Want to keep your lawn green and healthy? A landscaper can create the right combination of tasks such as planting, fertilizing, aerating and weed control to keep your lawn looking its best.
- Additional information above: If you want to increase your appeal, a real estate agent can help. Jobs range from mulching and planting flowers to deep-dive projects such as installing water features, curved patios or retaining walls.
- Snow removal: If you live in an area that gets snow in the winter, your towing contractor can provide snow removal from driveways and parking lots.
Do I need climate control services?
In addition to a regular maintenance contract, you may want to consider adding more services depending on the season.
- Spring landscaping. Spring cleaning may include removing branches from any downed trees, pruning flowers and removing old mulch. This is a good time to water your lawn and correct weak or dead areas.
- Summer landscaping. During the summer months, you may need a landscaper to trim hedges, plant flowers and deal with pests or diseases that may harm your plants.
- Fixing the crash site. Depending on how many trees are on or near your property, you may need a landscaper to clean and remove leaves. Fall cleanup is a great time to cut back on perennials and increase your lawn.
- Landscaping for the winter. In warmer climates, your lawn can benefit from winter fertilization. In cold weather, you save time (and your back) by letting your yard handle the snow.
How do I choose a location for my business?
Looking for a real estate developer? Here’s how to find the perfect match for your business.
- Know your needs. Before meeting with a real estate developer, understand the services you need. Some commercial landscapers may offer lawn care, while others may offer all of the above. Be clear about what you want – and what you don’t want – when you receive a quote.
- See the information. In the landscaping industry, there are a number of qualifications, certificates and licenses that may be required – especially if pesticides or herbicides are used. Ask about your landscaper’s certifications and make sure they are properly licensed and insured. You may also want to ask for information about other business clients to check for references.
- Find more articles. It doesn’t hurt to get competitive quotes from two or three companies before you set up your site. Commercial real estate prices are often much different than real estate, so getting multiple quotes can help you eliminate unfair estimates.
- Choose the best price. When you receive a quote, choose the format that you feel will offer the best value. And remember, this doesn’t always mean choosing the company with the lowest quote. A low-cost property manager may also bring little experience or tools to the table. Credibility and a proven track record in the business arena should weigh heavily in your decision-making process.
- Get it in writing. Do not accept site inspection work without a signed contract that outlines time, frequency, cost, services and expectations. This will ensure that both you and the property developer are on the same page and provide documentation if the work does not meet your expectations.
How much does commercial property maintenance cost?
It’s hard to estimate exactly how much you’ll pay for commercial property maintenance. That’s because your price will depend on a number of factors, including the size of your property and the services you provide. According to HomeAdvisorA basic lawn mowing service can cost between $30 to $80 per trip, while more extensive lawn care contracts can cost anywhere from $120 to $430 per trip.
What are the benefits of a good business environment?
We know you can mow your own lawn. But here are some benefits of hiring a professional landscaper.
- Look professional and respected. The outside of your site is what customers get for your business. A clear view of the landscape adds to the beauty, giving a clear and vivid impression. And who knows? It can also attract new customers.
- Save time. As a business owner, you already turn over what seems like millions of dollars. Leaving the space to the professionals allows you to focus on the most important aspects of building your business and making sure your property looks good week after week.
- Increase property prices. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, distressed homes sell for about 7% more than similar properties with less distress. And the same principle applies to commercial buildings. So know that there is also a financial benefit to your real estate investment.
- Create more usable space.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made the outdoors more important than ever. A reception area with patio tables, benches and other seating can provide additional meeting space for employees and customers.
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