What HOAs should look for in a Landscape Professional
Homeowner Associations have a large amount of high visibility landscaping to consider when they look at hiring and budgeting for landscape maintenance. But saving money and looking good don’t need to be incompatible. Good looking landscape maintenance creates value in the community. When all the houses in a neighborhood have a well maintained landscape it creates an inviting neighborhood that improves property values and encourages buyers.
Conformity makes neighborhoods with HOA-directed landscape maintenance appealing. HOAs help create consistency within the community that is assured no matter who lives in the neighborhood. HOAs should carefully consider who they hire to maintain their landscaping. Going with the cheap bid, while initially inviting, is not always going to save you the most money in the long run. HOAs need to carefully look at the long game when it comes to landscape maintenance. Hiring a professional with a quality reputation is the first step in making sure your trees, turf, shrubs and other plants not only survive but thrive.
Let’s look at ways your HOA can evaluate who to hire and how to save money with the future in mind.
Paying for professional expertise can save in overall costs
What is the experience of the company you are considering? Have you looked at the other neighborhoods that they maintain? How long have they been doing landscape maintenance?
It takes more than a green thumb and some water to make sure plants live and thrive. Pruning, soil amendments, and irrigation checks are all part of what a quality landscape maintenance professional should provide. Professional landscape maintenance companies train their staff to understand the different needs of the plants in your neighborhood. Long term quality care for your community landscape translates into money saved because replacing dead plants cost money. Dead plants also reduce the overall appeal of a uniformed looking landscape.
Landscapers bulk discounts can save you money
Landscaping professionals have access to good quality plants and supplies at discounted rates. These discounted rates can translate into savings for your HOA when plants need to be replaced and repairs need to be made.
Professional landscapers know what to plant
Professional landscapers also have a great deal of knowledge about native plants that survive the best in your region. Unwise plant choices can cost an Association significant money in both watering needs and plant replacement when the cheaper, non-native plant doesn’t survive. Poor plant choices can also cost money when a bad tree choice grows to be a behemoth in the wrong place. Tree roots are notorious destroyers of sidewalks which ultimately end up costing the HOA in both sidewalk repair and tree removal costs. Professional landscapers know which trees to plant close to sidewalks and homes and what the size and shape of a mature tree will be. They can also spot problems before they become an issue and can make recommendations.
Having an irrigation expert available can save in water costs
All water lines can break. Water leaks and aging irrigation lines can cost the HOA money in water bills. Having a professional run regular checks on the water and irrigation line, rescheduling watering timers for the rainy season and adjusting problem areas can save in costly water bills. Some HOAs have reduced their water bills by 40 percent by having an excellent irrigation professional who anticipates needs and is available to help when things go wrong.
Landscape professionals ensure that new plantings have proper care
Plants sometimes don’t survive despite best efforts. When a plant does need to be replaced professional maintenance companies can buy a new plant at a discount and then ensure that the replacement plant is well cared for. Additionally, landscapers guarantee newly planted shrubs and trees so that the HOA does not have to pay twice for dead replacement plants.
Maintenance companies prune potentially dangerous obstructions
Without regular maintenance some shrubs and trees can become dangerous, blocking line-of-sight for drivers and pedestrians. Trees and shrubs can also overhang sidewalks and dead branches can break and fall. Maintenance companies will assess how shrubs and trees are doing, prune back obstructions and deal with dead and dying branches and trees that can become potential hazards. By removing problems before they start your Association can focus on other community matters and not worry about potential liabilities created by poorly managed hazards.
Quality of life in the community
Landscaping is the face of the community, reflecting the vibrancy of the neighborhood. Living in a community who values quality of life is important both to the people who live in the community and those who are considering joining it. Because of its “first impression” value landscaping is a significant part of how the community portrays itself. And curb appeal creates instant value by creating desirability to potential buyers.
Looking for a high quality landscape maintenance company is a good choice for HOAs who are looking to the future. Does quality cost? Yes. But it can also save significant money over the long term. When done correctly neighborhood plants live to grow and become established, the seasonal colors are lovely, lawns are green and weed free and the community glows with charm and vitality.
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