“Valley Landscape Management have undertaken a wide range of work on our premises. The service is professional and the work always done to a high standard.”
“A professional company that provides the customer care service that we all expect. Their advice on plants/design prior to my order was excellent. A sterile environment has now been transformed with life and colour.”
“I have been advised that…all sites looked after by Valley are open and operational with clear access. This would appear to be, in the main, down to the fact that you quickly mobilised your teams yesterday to grit the estate roads and paths, and have continued to provide the same level of service today. Once again, many thanks.”
We’re guessing your company mission is not to create and maintain an attractive show-garden. Still, who can afford to cut corners on grounds management? Your property says a lot about who you are as an organisation and how any tenants may feel. (Unkept, Messy grounds send a negative message.)
So, how should you handle grounds maintenance?
We know there are pros and cons to outsourcing facilities ground management. When you hire a contractor to do anything on your property, you’re entrusting in an outside partner to appreciate your grounds like you do. You might be worried about quality—and of course, there’s cost. Perhaps keeping maintenance duties in-house is an effort to control expenses?
On the other hand, what are you really saving by choosing to do your own facilities grounds management? And, how much time are you spending on maintenance that could be redirected toward core revenue-generating activities?
In business, the savvy owners and managers recognize their strengths and focus on performing what they do best. They surround themselves with talented teams of people who complement their skills— professionals who are strong where they lack expertise.
We know you’ve got decisions to make concerning who and whether you hire out services like grounds maintenance. So, let’s discuss the pros and cons here.
No matter your business, customer experience matters. First, there’s the appearance or “feel good” aspect of your commercial property. Is it welcoming? Do tenants, customers and employees have pride in their decision to do business with you or work for your organization?
Is the property safe—free of debris, clear of snow and ice. Taking that a step further, does the grounds meet environmental services expectations? Cutting corners on landscape maintenance will compromise all of these factors that play into the customer experience.
When any business tries to do it all, details get overlooked. The benefit of hiring a professional facilities grounds management firm is that the company specialises in assuring your property looks and performs in the first-class way you want to present your business.
Cost: Will You Really Save Money?
Every business has a budget, and has to draw a line somewhere with spending. The question is, when determining whether to carry out grounds maintenance in-house or hire a professional, are you considering all of the costs associated with expertly caring for your commercial property? Believe us, they add up.
We have experience working with corporate campuses, manufacturing facilities and other institutions in healthcare and academia. Many of them who tried to manage their own grounds management at one time stopped because they weren’t saving money like they expected. In fact, some of them found they were spending more.
Of course, managing landscape maintenance in house (and don’t forget about snow and ice removal!) could cost less than a professional. But often that is only with cutting corners, and then you’re risking quality and safety. Cost, quality—it all goes together.
Keep in mind these expenses associated with in-house facilities grounds management:
Timing Is Everything: Scheduling Grounds Maintenance
having considered the costs, you may be prepared to work those expenses into your budget. Beyond what you’ll spend in terms of pound notes, an equally important factor is time and scheduling. Plus, someone needs to take responsibility for doing that (more money...). Scheduling is often a difficult aspect, especially when responding to emergency situations such as a fallen tree or fence blocking a road. These occurrences are regular on business parks, and when protecting client and employee safety is critical, they cannot be left unattended too. Will your maintenance team have the diverse skill set required to undertake these emergency tasks, when they are often very varied in nature? And have they got the equipment required to complete these varied tasks? You could be in a position where you have your in-house team employed, but still find yourself calling on professional companies to undertake more complex tasks.
Also, some property owners assign maintenance tasks to their grounds management crews that are completely unrelated to the outdoors. If in-house maintenance is tied up handling an electrical or plumbing problem, what happens to the exterior of the property in the meantime?.
The benefit of hiring a professional facilities grounds management company is that the firm is dedicated to enhancing your property’s appearance, safety and environmental services.
Conserve Resources By Partnering With A Pro
There are commercial properties that manage their own grounds maintenance and they are willing to dedicate the time, people and financial resources to get it right. But what’s your primary focus as an organisation? Consider the pros and cons of dedicating yourself to what’s most important and generates revenue vs. “doing it all yourself.”
Let’s talk about how partnering with a professional grounds management firm can help conserve your resources. Call us on 01322 279799, or fill out this simple contact form and we’ll get in touch with you.
Using a commercial landscaper is a great way to ensure your premises or property always gives a brilliant first impression to customers, tenants and employees.
The luxury of a beautiful, well-kept property serves as a subconscious reminder that your company offers quality work. An aesthetically pleasing commercial landscape and hardscape could also increase the value of your property, make it more desirable to tenants and enable you to add value to tenant fees.But how can you be sure the company you're choosing can achieve this for you? Here are four important things to consider when choosing a commercial landscaper:
Ask about the actual crew that would be doing work on your property – how experienced are they? Does the team hold certifications, and does the company have professional affiliations? These are good indications that the commercial landscaper follows best practices.4. Cost
You shouldn’t choose a commercial landscaper solely based on cost, but be sure to consider return on investment. Does the company offer affordable, high-quality services? Ensure they provide clear invoices with proper documentation for each project?
5. Ability to Maintain Multiple Premises
Many of our clients own multiple properties and estates. It's essential if you are in this position to choose a commercial landscaping company that can serve all, or at least regional, locations. By doing this you will be making an overall saving, as opposed to dealing with each estate individually.
To work with Valley Landscape Management as your commercial landscaper, call us at 01322 279799 or let us know here .
Here’s why your property estate will benefit from a commercial landscape contract:
Let’s face it, you don’t have the expertise to deal with the landscaping needs of your commercial property. You probably don't have the time either. Landscaping can be complex, and you have your core business interests to focus on like assisting your tenants needs. A commercial landscape management company will provide you with the expertise needed to complete your landscape efficiently and beautifully, and will simply releave you of the responsibility of it.
Look like you mean Business
Nothing says "I don't care" louder than a tangled, overgrown mess of an entrance to your property estate. It looks unpleasant to customers and tenants, giving the whole estate a negative feel. Our regular site visits ensure your grounds are always looking neat and at their best.
Currently if something goes wrong on your property its your problem - no one is responsible for sorting it out other than you. You've most likely got a full day scheduled, and that's going to be seriously disrupted if you have to spend the next few hours resolving this issue. Imagine being able to simply call 01322 279799 to pass that problem on to us! Clients of Valley Landscape Management benefit from our Rapid Response service, where we resolve onsite issues at short notice.
When snow and ice plague your commercial property, a commercial landscape management company responds right away. No more slipping and sliding around the parking lot, worrying how you will get in the door. Snow removal is an important part of a landscape maintenance contract, and keeps your estate clear and functioning all winter long.
And what about springtime? Without commercial landscape management, your tenants will likely experience allergy symptoms on the short walk from their car to your building. Trimming the grass regularly filters pollutants and dust particles from the air. You will be the hero of the building come allergy season.
Sure, you can plant a few trees and bushes on your commercial property. But without proper commercial landscape management, those plants will likely wilt in a few months. Sustainable landscapes planted by a landscape management company can last year-round and provide unparalleled aesthetic appeal.
Give us a call now on 01322 279799 to discuss your outdoor solution, or fill in this form and we'll get back to you.