Whether you are a residential homeowner or a corporate CEO, you need to know that first impressions are definitely lasting impressions. That first look from a potential customer could be the difference in making, or breaking, that sale you've been after. I
f your home or business does not look well-cared for, it is a direct reflection on you and most people, customers will just move on to the next listing, you know the one with the well-manicured landscape that shows someone cared enough about their home or business to make and keep it as attractive as possible.
Before hiring a landscaping contractor, there are a few things you need to ask yourself so that you know what you will need done, whether it is a one-time job or a continuous maintenance program; you need to figure out what you want to start with initially, seasonally and, or weekly.
Most homeowners will want a landscape maintenance program that includes an initial clean up and depending on their esthetic needs, either a weekly or bi-weekly lawn mowing and flower bed weeding contract that usually also includes an end of the year clean up and lawn maintenance service.
Commercial customers may have a similar program but will usually also want additional services as well, if they're available, i.e. seasonal garden bed plantings, snow plowing and removal, shrub and tree trimming, etc.
As you can see, landscape maintenance is not just about cutting the lawn, it is much more involved and you need to make sure to be as specific as possible with any landscaping contractor you decide to hire.
Before you sign anything, here are a few of the things you should include in your landscaping contract:
Spring, Fall, Lawn: Thatching, Seeding, Fertilizing, Feeding, Mowing and Edging Garden Beds
Weeding, Planting: Annual and, or Perennial Plants/Shrubs
Planting, Removal, Branch Trimming, Shaping
Installation, Seasonal Maintenance and Operation, Clean outs, Repairs
Sidewalks, Parking Lot Plowing, Sanding and, or Salting
As you can see, one of the best investments you can make is to hire someone to do landscape maintenance for your business. Not only will it help with your business's curb appeal; it is the first impression you will make on a potential customer.
Hiring a landscaper will also help you save precious time and energy you can devote to something or someone else you care about, like a hobby, exercise, your significant other, your children or your business.