For some, the decision to choose a commercial landscaper boils down to the rates that it charges, the speed with which it can work, or some other relatively minor factor. However, your company’s landscape says a lot about your brand, which means that it is vital to choose a landscaping service that will work wonders with your outdoor spaces. To that end, here are some tips that will help you select the most qualified landscaping company.
1. Does the Commercial Landscaper Offer Every Service that You Need?
Landscaping is an incredibly diverse job that requires a broad skillset, but not all landscapers offer the same services. Look for a company that offers a broad range of services, such as:
- Grading and excavation
- Landscape design
- Irrigation system installation
- Planting, mulching, weeding and pruning
By choosing a company that can perform all outdoor jobs, you won’t need to spend time searching for additional professionals to do the things that your landscapers can’t handle.
2. What Size Jobs Can the Landscaper Complete?
Just because a particular company might be able to tackle a variety of different tasks doesn’t mean that it can handle tasks of all sizes. If, for instance, you eventually need to undertake a large-scale drainage project, is your landscaper equipped with the tools and machinery to do it? Learn the full extent of a company’s capabilities so that you can know you’ll be able to rely on it for all jobs, big and small.
3. Look at the Landscaper’s Reputation
You can always search for online reviews to judge a company’s reputation, but keep in mind that those reviews don’t tell the whole story — far from it, in fact. Instead, ask your landscaper for references. By speaking to other businesses that have used its services, you can get a much better idea of what to expect.
4. Are Your Landscapers Experienced?
As you’re examining a company’s reputation, be sure to look at its experience as well. In addition to references, a good commercial landscaping company should also be able to provide you with a portfolio of its work. Take a look at that body of work to make sure that it does, in fact, do plenty of commercial projects and not just residential landscaping, and also make sure that quality of its work fits with your expectations.
5. Licensing and Insurance
It is easy to assume that any contractor advertising commercial services has the proper licensing and insurance to legally and safely operate in your area. However, it doesn’t hurt to double-check — especially since damage caused by unlicensed, uninsured contractors can cost your company a lot of money down the road.
6. Certification and Accreditation
Not all states or municipalities offer professional or trade associations, but if your area does, then you should check to see if the landscaping company has received certification or accreditation from them. You can also look up Better Business Bureau ratings to see what kind of complaints, if any, that others have experienced.
7. How Does the Company Treat Its Employees?
Learning about a company’s culture can tell you a lot about its experience, work ethic and more. For instance, if a landscaper reports a high turnover rate, then you know that individual laborers are likely to not only be less interested in their jobs, but also less experienced overall. When a team acts like a team, rather than a group of individuals with their own internal conflicts, you can guarantee employees will work harder to create a beautiful landscape for your company.
It sounds superficial, but you can learn a lot just by glancing at the condition of a landscaper’s equipment. Old, broken down trucks, defunct equipment or poorly maintained tools could be a sign that the company isn’t particularly concerned with its appearances, and therefore, not terribly concerned with the finished look of your landscape, either.
9. Does the Company Offer Warranties or Guarantees?
Even if you’re just looking for basic services right now — lawn cutting, weeding and general maintenance — you should still look at the warranties your contractor offers on new plantings or installations. A commercial landscaper that stands behind its work is one that your company can trust to do an outstanding job.
10. Contracts and Documentation
Contracts that are lacking in detail lead to disagreements over the scope or cost of the work to be completed. When your commercial landscaper gives you a contract for the services you’ve requested, check the following:
- Are the details of the work fully outlined within the contract?
- Are prices for materials, labor and equipment clearly notated and itemized?
- What provisions exist in the event that you need to cancel the contract?
- Is there a schedule for routine services or a timeframe for an installation job?
The choice between commercial landscapers is not a decision to be taken lightly. After all, your company’s outdoor spaces reflect your brand’s image. If you’d like to learn more about our qualifications, feel free to contact us by clicking here.