Do You Manage A Strata or Home Owner Association?
Here is some helpful advice on choosing a great landscaping company.
Managing a busy residential development is a big task all on it’s own and having to worry about your landscaping and appearance of your property is an un-needed problem many stratas and home owner associations face. There are literally hundreds of landscaping companies to choose from but how do you know if the company you’re choosing will be suited to maintain your property they way you’ve envisioned?
Choosing the right landscaping company for your development could be the difference of having your property be the envy of the neighbourhood or the property that stands out for all of the wrong reasons.
Maintaining a large residential property with annual gardens, lawns, mature trees, bushes and hardscaping such as decks, patios, walkways and retaining walls is very labour intensive and requires frequent attention, often year-round.
When choosing a landscaping or property maintenance company to take care of your condo, strata or townhome landscaping consider the following.
#1. What Will They Be Doing For You?
Has your home owner association or strata corporation come to an agreement as to the scope of work you’d like to complete? A well equipped landscaping company should be able to complete any of the following tasks for your strata or home owners association:
Fruit Tree Pruning
Retaining Wall Construction
Paver Patio Installations
Property Clean Ups (spring/fall)
#2. Is The Company Properly Insured?
Proper insurance for this type of work is crucial when working around multi-family dwellings. It’s not unheard of for a lawn mower to throw a hidden rock through a window on a home or a vehicle and if the company is insured it can easily be repaired at no cost to you. If you’ve hired a landscaper with a mower and a pickup truck who doesn’t have any insurance your chance of having the damage fixed is pretty slim.
#3. Do They Have a Clear Contract?
It’d be great if we could all do business on a hand-shake but when typical strata landscaping contracts are anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000+ annually it’s important to have a very clear and itemized contract in place.
It’s great for a landscape company to have the predictable revenue a negotiated contract with a large strata will bring in but it’s equally as important that the services you’re paying for are being provided and this is where a contract keeps everybody on the same page.
It protects your strata’s investment in the appearance of your property and it secures the landscapers time and the use of their manpower and equipment to keep your property looking it’s best.
#4. Uniforms For a Safe and Professional Appearance
Choosing a landscaping company that has uniformed staff will keep a professional look about your property. Uniforms also let your residents know that the people wandering about the property are belong to a company and are probably supposed to be there, as a result your residents will feel safer. When your residents see a marked truck, with uniformed and identifiable staff walking about and working on their property they’ll know exactly who it is and what they are doing.
#5. Properly Trained and Supervised Staff
It’s important the landscaping crew that is assigned to your property is properly trained and also has a manager with several years of landscaping and lawn care experience. Staff that have been properly trained will work more efficiently, do a better quality job and they’ll do it safer too. Having a competent manager on every project is important too so that you know nothing is being overlooked on your property and you’re receiving the utmost of care.
#6. Can They Accommodate Your Residents Requests?
With so many different unique residents in a modern day residential development like a condo or townhome complex it’s important to find a landscaping company that can accommodate some of the residents requests. It’s not uncommon for residents to have small yards or gardens they care for on their own and the use of sprays for insects and weeds can also be bothersome for some residents who would like a natural approach instead. These situations should be clearly spelled out in the contract or discussed and handled appropriately with all parties agreeing.
#7. What Happens After a Windstorm?
We get several really strong windstorms annually throughout the Saanich Peninsula and they always leave a ton of broken branches, leaves and other organic debris scattered on your roof, throughout your lawns, gardens and outdoor patio areas. It’s impossible for your landscaper to predict when a windstorm occurs but be sure it’s mentioned in your contract what is going to happen. Will they dispatch crews right away? Do they require you to phone them? Will it take several days to get your property cleaned up? These are all important questions to ask.
#8. Frequency of Landscaping Visits
This is very important because any large property is going to need regular and frequent visits, usually at least once per week and sometimes more depending on the property and your specific needs. A property with extensive gardens, lawns and many mature trees will need constant, skilled attention. Many strata councils try to save money by having their landscapers come less frequently and this can be OK for some areas of your property but not so great for others and your landscaper should explain why.
Why Choose Island Pro Mowing and Landscaping To Maintain Your Property?
When you Choose Island Pro Mowing and Landscaping to maintain your residential development you are partnering with a small, locally owned and owner operated company. We are insured to work on properties such as yours and are licensed to conduct business throughout all of the municipalities that make up Greater Victoria.
Our staff wear uniforms, are properly trained and will always be friendly and courteous. You can be sure that anytime one of our crews is present on your property one of our managers (who are also company owners) will be there to oversee and supervise the work so you can be assured of the high quality attention we’ve promised.
By choosing Island Pro you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your property is in excellent hands and everyone who lives there will get a sense of pride and satisfaction from the healthy and clean appearance of the landscaping that surrounds their home.
If you’d like to schedule a time for us to provide you with an estimate to maintain the landscaping on your residential property please give us a call 250-812-4676 or fill out our online contact form and someone will be getting right back to you.