Maybe it's because you care about your neighbors and your neighborhood. Maybe you got roped into it because no one else would volunteer. Whatever the reason may be, if you find yourself in charge of your neighborhood's HOA you will have your work cut out for you. Dealing with city and/or county officials, neighbor disputes, and vendors will all be necessary in your role. While we can't provide guidance on dealing with bureaucracy or feuding neighbors, we can provide you with a few tips on hiring the best HOA landscape contractor you can. Let's take a look at some of the methods you can use to keep costs down and appearances up.
The most common complaints that HOA facility managers have about their landscape vendors are that they do not communicate well or provide proactive advice for their clients. A landscaping company in Central Florida may "mow and blow" reliably but not do anything else to provide value to the client. Before hiring a vendor for your landscaping needs, ask them about their communication methods. Do they check on their clients periodically? Do they make suggestions about what types of plants and flowers would look and do the best in the area?
It is also a must for any landscaping company to have an enhanced hiring process in place. This will ensure a stable and reliable workforce that can really get to know what your HOA's landscaping needs are and the challenges you may face. A good crew will provide frequent advice on how service and appearance can be improved.
Asked and Answered
Ask any potential landscaping company for your HOA what "value added" services they provide. Will the company be able to provide tree removal services or fixes to the HOA's irrigation systems should the need arise? The last thing you want to do is get involved with a myriad of different companies for your various landscaping needs.
It is also a good idea to ask any company you are considering for referrals. Take the time to call and speak with these referrals and ask them what they think about the company. How is the company's customer service? How do they handle disputes and/or disagreements? Are there any areas that they need to improve in? These are all important questions to ask before you make your final decision to hire.
The Time Has Come
You've asked the right questions and received the right answers. You've found a landscaping company that can perform the work you need at a reasonable price. Before you sign any kind of contract, make your requirements and expectations known. Tell them if you expect correspondence and with what frequency. Tell them that you expect their employees to provide suggestions on how they can improve your HOA's landscape. Making your demands clear in the beginning is the best way to avoid conflict and hassle down the road.
We here at Aventura Nursery & Landscaping can work with you to provide the best possible service at the best possible price for your HOA's landscaping needs. Give us a call today at (352) 799-3200 and give us the opportunity to make your HOA look its best!
Outsourcing. A dirty word to some business owners and a complete and total necessity to others. From payroll to digital marketing, chances are that both large and small businesses outsource at least some of their work to someone else. Outsourcing commercial landscape services is no exception. While some business owners may balk at the idea of hiring an outside company to do so, there are several benefits to outsourcing your various landscaping needs. Today we take a look at these benefits and why doing so may actually save your company money.
Reducing Landscaping Costs
Okay, we understand. Hiring a Central Florida landscaping company will require an upfront monetary investment. That's bad for your bottom line, right? As it turns out, doing so will actually save you money in the long run. Not only will you save money on payroll costs, there is no equipment to buy, (not to mention fuel and equipment storage as well). Additionally, you and your staff will have more time to devote to your business. Think of all the time you and your employees can save by avoiding having to do yard work around your company's building. This is time that you can devote directly to your business endeavors and as they say: time is money!
Professionally Outsourced Landscaping: Less Risk, More Reward
Whether we care to admit it or not, we all make mistakes. While most mistakes are harmless, some can be disastrous and even deadly. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 58,000 people in the United States are injured by gardening tools each year. This number jumps to a whopping 91,000 injured by lawn mowers on a yearly basis. You can avoid the costs associated with or any other issues that may arise from injury by hiring a reputable landscaping company. Additionally, outsourcing your landscaping needs will also yield better results. As handy as you are with a mower and a trimmer, chances are that you or your employees will not come close to the quality that a professional landscaping company can provide. This will in turn make your business location look better and more attractive to potential customers and clients.
A Professional Landscaper Keeps Your Building Looking Good
Professional landscaping companies are focused on one thing and one thing only: making sure that your commercial space looks good. Whereas you and your team of employees have other tasks to focus on, a commercial landscaper does not. How many times have you said, "I'll get around to it later," when it comes to maintaining your commercial space? Outsourcing your landscaping needs can ensure a level of consistency with maintaining your yard space that you won't get if you do it yourself. Save yourself the headache and let a professional handle it.
If you are interested in outsourcing your commercial property's landscaping, give Aventura Nursery & Landscaping a call today at 352-799-3200. We will be happy to provide you with the best landscaping, sod, and yard maintenance services available. We even take care of trees and shrubs. We look forward to hearing from you!