Landscape contracts can differ quite a bit from one company to another. Why is there such a large variance in price? Well, each company includes different service in their contracts, and each of those services isbilled at a different rate. Let’s go over some of the most common things that are involved in setting the prices for these services.
The number one thing to examine in the contract is the numberof services included. There should be details in this section. What’s covered? By this we mean – what will the company do for you? Will they weed your flower beds? Will they fertilize your lawn? Or does the contract just cover basic mowing and edging? You need to look closely to see exactly what the landscaping company is going to cover, according to the contract.
On top of the services that are covered, the contract should include information about how often those things will be done. Some, like fertilizer, forexample, will be done once or twice a year, depending on the season. If this is included in the contract, then don’t expect to see it listed as a monthly service. However, other tasks, like lawn mowing, weeding, and other things, should be done more often, again, depending on the season. The set frequency for everything needs to make sense, and this should be clearly explained in the contract.
Reliability and Quality
These two things – reliability and quality – are not in the contract per se. However, they are reflected in the overall price. Any landscaping company that offers discounts that are too good to be true are more than likely cutting corners somewhere. Their equipment may not be properly maintained, or they might not be hiring trained employees. This doesn’t mean that you need to hire the most expensive company, but that you need to be aware that prices that are too low are usually too good to be true for one reason or another.
Putting It All Together
Finally, you need to put those three items, the services offered, their frequency, and the overall reliability and quality of the company, together. Once you look at them as part of the whole picture, ask yourself if the prices on the proposed contract make sense.
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