Properties Magazine March 2017 : Page 69

GL ASS ENHA E NCING S UNT ROL FILMS Suntrol It! Select Pro Window Film Dealer: • Security • Privacy/Custom • Energy Savings • Glare Reduction • Sun Protection ™ 800-466-TINT(8468) ESTABLISHED 1975 Love Your Windows! pricing. Take-away tip: If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is! Look beyond the price Pricing is important, but it’s not every-thing. You know the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” It’s usually true. So, go beyond price and find out how the land-scape provider will deliver service. How will the contractor address issues when they arise? (No provider is perfect.) How focused on quality is the landscape com-pany’s team – the people who will actually be on your property performing the work? Also, look for a landscape provider that is accessible and has communica-tion systems in place to make contacting the company easy and efficient. Ask about certifications. This is an indica-tion of a company’s integrity, quality and commitment to education. And always, always ask for referrals. Great relationships begin with hon-esty, and that includes transparency regarding how the price of a contract is built. It can be tough to navigate service providers’ contracts because of the price gap, but these pointers will set you up to compare agreements fairly. P Jerry Schill if president of Schill Grounds Management. Learn more about the price gap and get a free copy of Your Guide to Commercial Landscape Pricing by contacting Schill Grounds Management at 440.327.3030, or visit 69

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