Most people, at some time in their life, have made the mistake of hiring a service provider based on a low price. While in some cases this turns out to be a good decision, in most situations it does not have a happy ending.
When hiring landscape contractors, there are several reasons to be very cautious about hiring a service based on the bottom line quote on the RFP. Paying slightly more for a quality service provider will end up improving the look of the property throughout the year, as well as perhaps even save money over the duration of the contract.
How Contractors Cut Costs
There are three ways landscape contractors can cut costs on a project. One is to hire untrained and inexperienced labor. This can result in high rates of dead plants and grass after installation or a less than professional look to maintenance services.
The second way to cut costs is to use old equipment. This often increases the time it takes to get the service work completed. There may be delays due to equipment breakdowns, leaving your lawn waiting to be mowed and maintained.
The third is to provide only limited services in the contract, then charge extra for other services to keep the property well-maintained. These extra services can very quickly add up to thousands of dollars a season.
The Top Companies
The best landscape contractors do not use these cost-cutting measures. Instead, they hire only experienced professionals or train their own crews to provide quality services. They also have experts on staff to assist in everything from landscape design to best practices in landscape maintenance.
They also use state-of-the-art equipment which provides manicured looking lawn combined with precision pruning and shaping of trees and shrubs. They take the time to see to the details, including removal of grass clippings, edging and year-round lawn and landscaping maintenance.