$1000, 90%, Second Half discussed on Cutters Edge Total Landscape Solutions Show


That's true. Yeah, right on one of the one of the big things that a lot of communities do. They have a certain budget, right. Some people have not. Increased their budget in years. And they're expecting the same type of service. They may have gotten 10 years ago with the same money they currently have so at least unless they're willing to raise their budgets. Sometimes they need to reduce some of the amounts of stuff that they're getting so they can get the quality service they got used to 10 years ago, but with less service calls. And the most important thing to do is to build a request for proposal in the in the industry. It's called an RFP or if and whether you're a homeowner or a business or a H A or commercial property. You should have a list of things that you're expecting. To have done and you need to be reasonable, obviously based on the money you have, and it's you know, it's recommended to hire professional. Sure, Uh, some professional can put these things together for you based on your budget. So if you had $1000 to spend You tell them what you have to spend. And he will put together the maximum amount. Uh, that is that you need for the $1000. You have. So your expectations have got to be reasonable when you're doing this. Some of the companies will put these requests for proposals for free. Uh, some charge a fee for it. Okay? And some will put it together as long as you give them the opportunity after the bid to match the most responsible bid that came in, Alright, So you know, as long as If somebody was a little bit less, and you gave them the opportunity. They don't charge you for putting the RP together for them, So it's uh it's well worth the investment to do that, because you're going to get really the right people The right betters. The best companies, Uh and the best companies love to have an R P. You know, we we did get a lot of questions, and we'll talk about those in the second half right? That came in through our info at Cutter's edge pro dot com So it led me to think, you know, let me mention for home owners themselves. You know when when you're hiring a landscaper in the neighborhood. We get a lot of questions a lot of times homeowners or stop us if we don't actually do the homes that are part of the master part of the community, so the homeowners will come up to us and ask us, you know. Can you come take a look at my house? Uh, had a landscaper that's been doing my house and he just really destroyed some of my plants. And we'll go over and take a look at it. And I'm you know, I'm looking at the plant material I'm saying Well, he he trimmed these things with hedge trimmers. Not with hand hand shares or hand steps. Okay? And I said, Well, let me look at the agreement you have with this landscaper so I can see What you guys came to agreement and and know exactly if he's doing what he said he's going to do or not sure. And 90% of the time. The homeowners don't have a signed agreement with their landscaper. They don't have an agreement. 90% 90%. They will say, Well, you know, we had an agreement verbally. Well, as you know, if it's not in writing, you can't hold anybody accountable for doing the job the way it was being done. So then So then what happens so at that point you can't hold him accountable in the landscape. So whose word whose words accurate, Right. You know, So my my suggestion always is. First of all, uh, have something in writing from the landscaper. It should have a letterhead with his name on it. If his once you get that you should go onto sunbiz dot org, which will have on our website. Rather, you'll be able to go out and take a look at and you should be able to see if he's an actual corporation. So if they did come in and say by accident, they spilled fertilizer in your poll, and now your pool's got a few $1000 worth of damage in it. If you don't have an agreement with somebody, and you don't know if they had a corporation, or they have a license. They'll just disappear on you. And now you have thousands of dollars were damaged and you can't have any repercussions to go after somebody because you have nothing in writing you have you're dealing with a person that may not have had a corporation or license or proper insurance. But these are people that come into your house, you know, especially if they're doing If they're not just doing landscaping, or they're doing your maintenance. If you don't know if there are licensed company if you don't know there, you may know the employees by name or or how they get their employees. Do they do background checks on them? Did they do drug tests on them? You're allowing people into your yard that they're they're in your backyard. Do they have the qualifications to cut your plants? Do they have the qualitative communications to trim your plants, but even more so they're in your backyard. They have clear view of inside your home. Sure, they have access to your homes when you're not home. Most people are getting their yards done. When they're at work. They come home and they see their yard has been trimmed or cut. Good, But you don't know what they're doing. Why they're there. And so Making sure that you have a company whether he's a small company or a large company. Make sure that you are investigating everything. Because if you went into the quarter law and try to hold somebody accountable, the first thing the judge is gonna say ignorance is not, you know, It's not an excuse. That you didn't know that this company didn't have insurance to cover the damage that they cause in your home, so it doesn't matter whether it's a landscape or plumber Electrician, you know, do your due diligence and know the things that you need. So by getting back to the original thing you told what should be on an R P and so we can get on that. That's whether you're a homeowner or H O a a commercial property. Um, a corporate park. Sure your RP should have. You should know You should have an agreement in writing of how many service calls or lawn cuts that you're going to get on any particular a particular. Service. Uh, details so detailing. So when they do their detailing of the plants that would be head streaming hand stepping raised, raising the trees and the parking lots of seven or eight ft. So cars and vans are not touching it. That should be detailed in the in the agreement. How many times a year they're going to do that for you, Uh, weed removal. So if they're doing the weeds and the cracks and in the in the plant beds, which would be different than the turf that should be in there also. Are they going to do a 12 times a year? They're going through it six times a year. Because if it's not in writing, it's hard to hold that company accountable. Absolutely what you were expecting from them. Uh huh. Fertilizations. You know it should be broken down. If they're going to fertilize your palms twice, Uh, year three times a year. Are they going to fertilizer grass twice a year, three times a year. The ornamentals, which is any of the flowering plants? Or shrubs. Uh, how many times they gonna fertilize that a year? Do they use different types of fertilizer for those things If you want that they can also put that into the RFP the request for proposal. If you want some specific fertilizer, perhaps, or you want something that's more. Earth friendly. You can put all of this into the proposal. But all that into the proposal absolutely very important. Irrigation, Wet checks. How many times a year they going to do the irrigation, wet checks to make sure you're getting proper coverage on your property? Pest control visits. You know how many visits are they going to do on the pest control? These are all important questions to know there's you know, there's many more mulch applications. Are you going to include that? In your monthly amount, and they do.

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