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Unhappy With Your Current Landscaping Provider's Work? Consider These Next Steps

You’ve reached a point with your landscape service provider where it’s obvious to you that they just aren’t cutting it. It could be a string of obvious mistakes and missteps that have built up, or just a general, slow decline in the appearance of the property. Whatever the cause, your landscaper has failed to meet the expectations laid out in your landscape service agreement.

As the property manager, you’re dissatisfied and stressed. Your job is to manage the entire property and landscaping is just one of the many aspects that you oversee.

What should you do when your landscape provider isn’t owning up to what was previous agreed upon? Should you cancel your contract immediately and start the search for another landscaping company?

The problem is that it was an arduous process selecting the right landscaping company for the job the first time, and to even consider restarting the search before the contract expires would give anyone a headache.

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Top Questions to Ask Before Signing a Commercial Landscape Maintenance Contract

You have every right to ask as many questions as needed about your landscape maintenance contract, until you feel 100% comfortable. You, as the property manager or owner, are in charge of selecting the best landscape service partner and investing wisely in your commercial property. It your obligation to improve its curb appeal, keep it safe for visitors, and enhance the quality of life for all who visit the property.

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Keeping Your Commercial Property Safe

Keeping your commercial property safe for employees, tenants and visitors is always a concern for property managers. Many don’t realize how landscaping can play an important role in risk management. If areas of your landscape are inadequately or improperly maintained, it can create safety hazards on your commercial property’s roads, walking paths and entry points.

Failure to resolve these issues can result in more serious liability problems for your property.

Here are three tips to consider to keep your commercial property safe:

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Top Cleanup Services to Include in Your Commercial Landscape Maintenance Contract

 

It's important to make sure that your property is in tip-top shape at all times, and that starts with your landscaping. Landscaping is the face of your commercial property, and it should be a top priority when it comes to your property’s upkeep and maintenance.

Maintaining your commercial landscape is important not only for its visual appeal, but for the health of your landscape.

Here are a few of the services that you should be including in your commercial landscape maintenance contract:

 

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The Accordion Effect

It's one of the most common questions we’re asked when we start working with new clients.

How many people will you send out to our property at each landscape service visit?

If the previous landscaper had a 4-person crew servicing the site, and your landscape didn’t look the way you wanted it to, it’s logical to assume that throwing more people at the problem is the answer, right?

Not always. Here’s why:

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Ideas for a Sustainable Landscape for Your Commercial Property

The idea of a “sustainable landscape” can mean many different things to many different people, but at its most basic level, the term refers to the practice of minimizing the utilization of non-renewable and non-native plant materials. Following are a few ideas to consider if you’re seeking to make your commercial landscaping more sustainable.

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Tips When Starting Up Your Irrigation System

When it comes to the management of your commercial property’s landscape, securing and maintaining an adequate water source is essential. For most commercial property’s landscapes, an automatic irrigation system is an effective method to provide the required amount of water over the property’s landscaped areas. To keep your landscape looking its best, your commercial landscaping service partner must continuously monitor and adjust your property's irrigation system.  Professional monitoring of the system not only helps to maintain plant health, but also helps you conserve water and saves on extra, unneccesary water expenses.

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First of the Year Landscaping Tips

Looking for ways to keep your commercial property’s clients and employees happy? Don’t underestimate the power of an attractive and well maintained landscape.

You don’t need to spend lot to create green spaces that will entice employees to go outside, relax, and explore your property’s grounds. Here are some tips that can ensure an effective commercial landscape design:

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You Deserve Better Than Average Landscaping

“On a scale of 1 to 10, we’re going for a 5. I want my property’s landscape to look really average”, said no one ever.

You hire a professional landscape company because you want your property’s landscape to stand out – in a good way. When you sign a contract with a big commercial landscaping company, you expect that you’ll get something much better than what you’re getting today, right?

Otherwise, why would you go to all the trouble to qualify vendors, conduct an RFP, evaluate the responses, and negotiate your contract? You’d just stick with whoever’s cutting the grass for you now and doing an “okay” job.

When we talk to the property managers we work with, they tell us that they expect more from us.  The same old, same old just doesn’t cut it for them.

But how do you get an above average landscape?  Without blowing your budget, how do you turn an utterly unremarkable landscape into one that really stands out?

Every property’s different, but here are 3 simple tips to help you get a landscape that stands out from the crowd.

  1. Start with a solid fertilization and pest management program. Your landscape is never going to look its best if it’s not getting the right nutrients. Have your landscape contractor take soil samples from various locations in your property, then design an application program that addresses the specific needs of your landscape and its environment. You can’t get an above average landscape if you don’t start with a healthy landscape.
  2. Second, make sure your irrigation system is regularly inspected by trained professionals. Most property managers don’t think about their irrigation system until there’s a broken head, or a huge water bill comes in. But just because you can’t see any problems, doesn’t mean that your irrigation system is doing all that it should for your landscape. During monthly inspections, irrigation pros don’t just look for problems. They make sure that your landscape is getting the right amount of water, in all the places that need it. Properly managed irrigation plans keep pests and disease out of your landscape and keep it looking it’s best.
  3. Finally, seek professional help. If you think about it, it’s easy to ignore most landscapes. After a while, they all start to look the same, don’t they? But what if your property had something that the others didn’t? We employ trained Landscape Designers, and we offer their expertise to our clients as a value-added service. Because sometimes the difference between an exceptional landscape and an average one is as simple as having one or two focal points to draw attention to your property. Adding some color to your landscape with a new annual flower bed, and keeping the design interesting with each rotation, gives you a chance to refresh your property's curb appeal several times a year.

These are just a few tips to get you started. Remember, the journey from average to remarkable isn’t as hard as you think, or as expensive. Your landscape probably doesn’t need a major overhaul. Instead, find the small, but important steps you and your landscape contractor can take to get you the landscape that you deserve.

 

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Your Landscape & Marketing Your Commercial Real Estate Property

 

Marketing a commercial real estate property can be a challenge. There is more competition for commercial space now than at any other time in history. And it’s easier than ever for buyers and lessees to search available inventory. That means getting your property noticed among all those other listings is more important (and more difficult) than ever before.

Whether selling or leasing, a few smart investments in your property’s landscape can help you stand out from the other listings your potential buyers and tenants are considering.

 

The Case for Making Your Landscape a Feature

Almost every commercial real estate listing starts by talking about the same things - proximity to interstates and public transit, hotels and restaurants nearby, parking areas, security and maintenance, energy efficiency. Sometimes a listing may mention a “park-like setting”, but a property’s landscape is rarely given top billing in its description.

We think the reason that landscapes aren’t given any special mention is that 99% of commercial properties have no distinguishing landscape features.  The result is that all properties end up looking basically the same from the outside.

If you want to make your property seem unique, but the exterior and grounds are no different than the competition, your only option is to make expensive updates inside the building. Landscape enhancements are significantly less expensive than interior improvements.  And once they’re installed, the new landscape improvements cost relatively little more to maintain than the boring old landscape that looks like everyone else’s.

 

Getting Your Property Ready for a Photo Shoot

There’s a lot more to closing a deal than having great photos of your property, but clients looking to buy or lease are starting their search online. Whether they’re viewing your property on your company’s website or another commercial real estate listing site, they’re looking through your pictures before they ever read a word about your property.

9 out of 10 listings will start with a photo of the building’s full exterior. I know you’ve seen the shot we’re talking about – lines of glass windows, gray concrete, a few small trees lining the front, and maybe a little strip of green grass.

Instead, why not highlight the interesting parts of your property’s grounds in the cover photo? A colorful installation of annual flowers at the main entry. A group of blooming perennials at an outdoor seating area. An aerial shot of a crushed granite walking path around the property’s lake.  Bright colors, or anything different than the typical cover photo, will help your listing stand out on the search results page.

Also, consider the time of year when you’re shooting the photos of your property. Even a great listing can be ruined by bare trees and dormant turf. Consider having photos done after your spring cleanup when trees are full of green leaves and the flowers are blooming. Even if you’re marketing your listing in the winter, show the landscape when it looks its best to maximize views.

As more commercial real estate professionals begin using social media sites like Facebook and Instagram to market their listings, photos of your property and its landscape can become a huge asset, driving views to your website and property listings.  The right improvements to strategic areas of your property’s grounds could become a key component in your commercial real estate property’s marketing plan.

 

For more ideas on how to turn your landscape into a marketing feature, schedule a meeting with your local Yellowstone Landscape Professional. They have the tools and experience to help your commercial property’s listing stand out from the crowd.

 

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