Landscaping is a good investment for a business. It’s the fastest and most affordable way to transform the curb appeal of your office or storefront. And even once your clients and customers are inside, they can enjoy your landscaping efforts, since trees can reduce noise pollution from the outdoors by up to half and mask those bothersome sounds with pleasant ones. Most of the studies that have been done on the value of landscaping use residences as their guide, but anyone with industry experience can tell you that businesses get a similar boost in value: According to Money Magazine, landscaping adds 100% to 200% of its cost in value to the property.
But commercial landscaping can be a substantive project -- including laying of sod, installing concrete or masonry walls, creating sprinkler systems, digging, planting, fertilizing, watering, trimming, raking and more -- and it’s a significant investment. It’s important that you choose the right landscape installation company to handle the process. Here are three things you should look for when vetting prospective companies:
Regular residential landscaping is fairly simple when compared to commercial landscaping services. A commercial landscaping plan should take into account plantings, walkways and lighting to achieve the right feel, but also safety and security. The right landscape lighting must be used so that anyone on your premises can clearly see walkways and steps, for example. All this means that it’s not a good idea to get the small-time business owner who mows your lawn to also do the landscape design for your company. In some places, commercial landscapers must hold licenses, so that’s also something you should check into before you hire a company.
It’s a good idea to choose a landscape installation company who will also provide ongoing maintenance. This will include lawn care and gardening, and often snow and ice removal in the winter. Not only does this reduce the work you need to do (since you won’t need to find another company to handle these tasks), it also ensures that you’re working with a company that stands behind its work and expects it to hold up well.
The company employees are the experts, but you’re the client. A good landscape company can balance your desires with their abilities, recommending the best choices based on experience without steamrolling your ideas. And since you probably want to spend your time working on your business, finding a company that listens well and then implements without your oversight can allow you to focus on what you do best.
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