Commercial landscape bids can vary widely, which leaves many people wondering why some companies charge so much less than others and what services they’re actually getting in the general fee. Regardless of the type of commercial landscape package that you’re looking for and the amount of money that you’re prepared to spend, you want to make sure that you’re getting what you pay for.
Before you sign a contract, follow these steps to ensure that it includes the services that you need and the level of quality that you demand.
Get a specified number of mowing visits per season
Some landscapers’ charge for mowing per season, instead of per cut to reduce costs on bids. This means that the lump sum may figure 25 visits instead of pricing out 30 mows for a single season. If you’ve got a large property that costs hundreds or even thousands of dollars per mow, the lump sum will look like a much better deal.
However, if the landscape service isn’t held to a set number of mows, they may slack off, leaving your lawn brown and full of weeds. A weekly visit is essential, especially for a highly visible property that has an irrigation system. Thus, always ask contractors who provide lump-sum bids to mention how many times they will undeviatingly visit your property.
Be honest about how often your property requires pruning
There is no set standard for pruning frequency for landscape bids. Some landscapers prune annually while other landscapers include regular pruning in their contracts. If you have ample hedges or shrubs or other plants that require regular pruning to bloom through the entire season (i.e. roses), you want a landscape contract that figures weekly pruning service into the contract. It’s also important to determine whether seasonal maintenance (i.e. cutting back perennial grasses in the fall) is included in the pruning fee.
Check the frequency for every line item on the contract
Arguably mowing and pruning frequency are the most important components of a commercial landscape contract. However, the contract will include a number of additional services too. So make sure that you know exactly what you’re getting for your edging, irrigation system, mulch, trash pick-up, and color rotations.
Apart from these three major factors, ask questions on the bid presented by the contractor to better understand the fee structure and what you’ll get for the money you are paying. Also, when a landscaper spends the time to review a bid with you, you can be sure that you have hired a true professional contractor who will make your property to look its best.