Maintaining the common area in your California Homeowner Association is one of the board's most important responsibilities. Some maintenance requires consistent upkeep. Landscape maintenance falls into that category and it is usually in the board's best interest to contract with a professional company to provide HOA landscape maintenance services in order to save on cost, and have consistency within the look of the community. While some homeowners might complain that the cost of professional landscaping is unnecessary, we would like to offer you several reasons why we believe that it is worth every penny.
Let's consider some of the advantages of using a professional to provide your HOA landscape maintenance services:
Professional Expertise: It takes more than a green thumb to maintain attractive and functional landscaping. Professional staff and trained labor crews are a must. The expertise translates into cost-effective and successful HOA landscape maintenance services for your community.
Bulk Purchase Savings: Landscape contractors are able to purchase plants and supplies in bulk quantities at reduced prices which can then pass savings along to your HOA.
No Equipment to Buy or Maintain: The association doesn't have to purchase, store, insure, maintain, or buy fuel for equipment.
Improved Plant Survival: Trees, turf, shrubs, and other plantings are costly. Without proper care, they don't survive, especially immediately after installation. The HOA landscape maintenance services contractor guarantees newly planted shrubs and trees so the Association doesn't have to pay for replacing dead plants.
- Reduced Liability: The HOA landscape contractor is properly insured and knowledgeable about all local and federal environmental requirements and safety regulations. Having a contract shifts the responsibility to the contractor and reduces the association's liability.
If you are convinced and you don't have professional landscaping now, we want to recommend that before signing any contract, the board should request at least 3 bids from potential companies. Careful consideration of each company's competence and expertise is a necessity, as well as checking their references and comparing their fees.
Landscaping is very important to the community's image, value and quality of life. Maintaining it can be very expensive. Is it worth what the association pays for these services? We would strongly argue yes! In fact, investing in an HOA landscape maintenance services contract offers curb appeal to your homeowner association which makes the neighborhood more desirable overall. This also serves to contribute to the value of every single home, including yours, so that if and when you are ready to sell your home, your community's landscaping is at its best!