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Smart Ways Of Grounds Maintenance

By Cay Bounnie

When hiring grounds maintenance staff it is important to have a clear, unambiguous contract. This is beneficial for both parties, as everyone understands what is expected, the time frame for any work and what benefits or penalties can occur for any work completed. It is important to be aware of different things to factor into any contract to ensure you are getting full value for money.

Whether you have a lawn or a few hanging baskets outside, it is important they are kept in the best possible condition. A good company will also be able to advise you on landscaping showing you how to get the best from the land available to you. For example, you may not have considered decking or a water feature.

Essentially it is about building a business relationship with them and this is why a clear contract is especially useful. Regular work is always welcome regardless of the current market. If you are self employed, having money that you can count on coming in is invaluable!

Make sure you know what jobs need doing to keep things well maintained. This will often change according to the seasons, such as raking leaves or mowing a lawn. There are certain basic things that should always be kept on the lookout. For example if you have a smoking area you should make sure that any cigarette butts are cleared up and the area kept clean.

When recruiting maintenance staff it is vital that they are aware of the risks. Their mechanical equipment should be up to code and the staff should be trained in using it. They should be responsible and wear protective clothing if necessary. If they use chemicals they should be aware what they are using and to ensure it is used in the correct manner. When clearing plant life, they should be aware of potential harmful or toxic plants and to use proper precautions.

Some maintenance companies offer discounts for earlier payment after invoicing so it is worth asking to see if you can get this kind of deal. In some cases, they also offer discounts on word of mouth, as this is often what they rely on to get more work.

Whoever you choose to go with, it cannot be stated enough that you choose staff that are reliable, ideally from a recruitment company or trade association. If you are contacted by a company, you should never pay upfront for the whole amount for a job. A signed contract will ensure that you can get peace of mind. For more information and plain English contracts, look up grounds maintenance online.

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Bounnie, Cay "Smart Ways Of Grounds Maintenance." Smart Ways Of Grounds Maintenance. 25 Aug. 2010. 24 Aug 2015 <>.

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