When you hire a professional landscape service to maintain your property, you will find there are several options to choose from when it comes to service contract, types of services, and more. It is imperative to take some time to get to know what is offered with each option, so you can make an informed and educated decision.
However, when all is said and done, the best option (for most people) is to opt for the 12-month contract. There are several reasons for this, which can be found here.
Know Your Budget
When you opt for a 12-month contract with your selected landscape maintenance provider, you will know what the services are going to cost month after month. The company will divide the yearly cost of service across the 12 months, which means there are less chances of surprises. You simply pay your bill and get the service you need, without having to worry about interruption.
Have Service in the Off-Season
During the off-season, there are many people who don’t think they need any type of landscape maintenance or service. However, this isn’t the case. With a 12-month contract, you will be able to keep crews on your property during the winter months when hand watering is necessary for evergreens because your irrigation systems have been turned off for the winter months. Most people don’t want to drag hoses around in the winter, but not watering evergreens can result in a lost plant. Also during this time, many companies perform structure pruning on plants that drop their leaves since they’re able to assess the plant with the leaves gone.
When you choose a 12-month contract, you can reduce the per-month price of services. This is because the cost is spread out over the entire period, rather than having to be paid in a single, large lump sum during the growing months.
Pro-Rating Helps Prevent Bloated and More Expensive Months
When the landscape maintenance services are pro-rated, you have the ability to spread the investment out throughout the year. This means you won’t have to cover more expensive months during the more active months. As a result, you can better plan with your landscape service provider about what needs to be done and the services will be more affordable.
If you are thinking about hiring a professional landscape maintenance company, then you need to consider the contracts they offer carefully. In most cases, the one that will make the most sense is the 12-month option. Be sure to keep this in mind as you are speaking with different companies, so you can ask them about this service option.