How to choose the best commercial groundskeeping and landscape maintenance service for your business
Your property grounds and landscape are the first areas to catch your customers’ attention when they visit your business, it is imperative you make a good first impression.
One can think choosing a groundskeeping service is a simple task: you ask for a few bids and choose the lowest one, but taking this approach will backfire in the long run. You want to pay for quality service that is effective.
You need to consider a variety of factors other than cost when choosing the right maintenance service provider.
Here are the most important criteria.
Identify your needs
Different companies offer different services. Distinguish what are you looking for, what services do you need? are you comfortable with chemical applications? or are you looking for a more “green” care approach?
Conditions of your commercial landscape
Is your property in need of work prior to starting a maintenance service? Maybe it needs improvements before the routine maintenance.
Set a list of needs and objectives so you can prepare the right kinds of questions to ask a landscape maintenance provider that way you will distinguish if you are working with a professional. You don’t want to just contact them and tell them to come to check your property and bid, you want to put them on the spot, and ask the right questions.
Learn about the service providers
You can choose the service provider you want. But before making your choice, you should talk to service providers to learn more about what they offer.
Knowledge and experience
As part of your fact-finding, always be on the lookout for reputable companies that will not shy away from answering your questions about their programs, your specific needs, their qualification, etc.
Prompt and on-site
They must be able to deploy their personnel at your company’s location in no time and this requires for the provider to have a well-organized system into attending their clients’ needs.
Timing and availability
Search for an always on-time maintenance provider that is capable to intervene even off the working hours.
The service provider you pay needs to be at the location on time or as soon as they are inferred about a problem.
Make your choice
What are your thoughts about service providers?
Review the information you collected from the service providers. It’s helpful to have a discussion with your team. Most of the time the service supervision will be delegated to them.
Do not forget the big picture
Everyone can recognize when the grass needs mowing but you may forget about the replacements of plants needed in a few months ahead or the irrigation/drainage systems maintenance.
Try to not just keep up with everything but to be proactive, you need to think long-term with your maintenance services and make sure the company you choose is also working toward your goals, whether that’s renovating high-traffic areas or making your property more efficient.
Now you have a better understanding of how to choose a groundskeeping/landscape maintenance service and you are able to make the best decision for your company. If you have any question feel free to contact me or leave a comment. If your company is located in Jacksonville Florida do not forget to take in consideration the best landscape maintenance company in the area.