Monthly Archives: September 2018


Homeowner’s Association and Landscape Maintenance: Why Communication Is Key

Sometimes a homeowner’s association will sign a contract for general landscaping maintenance without checking with their residents. It doesn’t matter as much when that contract is only for care for common areas and similar things. However, when the association decides to handle all of the yard maintenance for every home in their group, and they didn’t clear it with the homeowners, problems can ensue. In order to prevent any potential problems, homeowners and association managers need to communicate with each other properly.

Do You Want to Do Your Own Yard Work?

In some cases, the homeowners prefer to tackle their own yard work. They want to mow the lawn, trim the trees, and even take care of the flower beds and other things. As long as their yards meet the association regulations, then this shouldn’t be a problem – until an all-encompassing contract is signed with a landscaping company. If you’re the homeowner in this situation, simply tell the board that you prefer to take care of your own yard. They can make sure that yours isn’t included in the contract or that some concessions are made. Even if you just want to care for a certain part of your yard on your own, everything can be worked out with proper communication.

HOAs Need To Alert Their Residents

There’s nothing worse than a homeowner getting caught unaware that their yard is going to be worked on. Some of the more paranoid ones may even call the police, thinking that there are some shenanigans afoot. The Homeowner’s Association needs to let the homeowner know when the landscapers will arrive. In fact, they must alert the homeowners to everything that’s going on, from trash pickup schedules to tree trimming days. A simple newsletter or flyer should be enough to communicate this with the residents.

Not only will communication prevent paranoid homeowners from resorting to drastic measures, but it will also ensure that the landscaping goes off without a hitch. There’s nothing worse than finding children’s toys, pet’s toys, and other things on the lawn when the company should be mowing. Items like invisible fences need to be marked as well, in order to prevent disasters from happening. As long as the residents know when mowing day is, they can clean up the yard beforehand.

If you have any questions about HOA landscaping or are looking to hire a new landscaping company, let us know. We can be reached by phone at 440-236-9000 or via the contact form on our website.

Which Commercial Property Snow Removal Contract Will Meet Your Needs?

Snow. We all know that it’s coming. It could arrive in Northeast Ohio as soon as October, and will most likely stick around through next April. Your business needs to be prepared for the potential onslaught. It’s time to sign a commercial property snow removal contract that will meet your needs. There are three main types to choose from. Let’s go over them in some detail.

1) The Full-Service Contract

A full-service contract is designed for the entire winter season, although these contracts are generally in place for around two or three years. This means that your winter snow removal needs will be covered for that period of time. It includes everything from pre-treatments, which are done when the forecast calls for ice and snow, to actual snow plowing and removal. Basically, you’ll be able to see pavement year-round. The snow removal company will plow your parking lots, remove snow from your sidewalks, and spread out salt and other ice melting methods in order to keep your property safe for your clients, customers, or tenants. You won’t have to worry about a thing.

2) A General Seasonal Contract

Like the full-service contract, a general seasonal contract lasts for around two to three years. It’s a guarantee that you’ll have a snowplowing service on hand when the weather gets cold and snowy. You’ll end up paying a fixed price each month for the service, no matter how many times it snows. You know that we sometimes have a bad winter followed by a good one, or vice versa, so it ends up evening out throughout the life of the contract. Plus, you won’t have to worry about fluctuating snow removal costs based on things like need or availability.

3) Pay-Per-Event Contract

This last type of contract is good for companies that are on a strict budget or those that only want to pay for snow removal when it actually snows. The way that it works is that when the snow starts coming down and an accumulation of two inches (or whatever the agreed upon amount is) occurs, we send out people to plow your parking lot and shovel your sidewalks. There are usually several pricing tiers in these contracts, depending on the level of snow. It could be one price for between two and six inches, and another for six inches or more.

If you’re ready to hire a commercial property snow removal company, it’s time to give us a call. You can reach us by phone at 440-236-9000 or via the contact form on our website.

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