Hidden Contract Costs that Wreck Budgets

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Contributed By: EEI Team Mary Follin
September 21, 2016

It’s that time of the year when we start gearing up for budget reviews and planning.

More than half of the landscape season is now being behind us. So you’ve got a pretty good idea where you stand.

You’ll get to the numbers, but if I asked you right now, you could easily grade the performance of your landscape service provider.

The reason for this is you have internalized the true costs. The contract price isn’t the true cost. That’s what you pay in dollars.

There can also be hidden contract costs, such as time wondering and worrying, not to mention hoping you don’t encounter any unforeseen what if’s?

Landscaping is an easy business if you can get all the business activities systematized.

  • Phone calls answered in a timely fashion
  • Accurate invoicing
  • Doing the work as promised
  • Doing the work that came up unexpectedly too
  • Fully insuring you against potential what if’s

Your most valuable resource is time. That’s why you hire services like ours. You don’t want to worry, wonder, or hope that everything works out.

That’s wasted time that wrecks budgets.

You just want to get and keep your commercial properties beautiful and safe so that you can do what you do best.

We understand.

And we’re here to help with that. All of us.

Let’s talk about it.

About the Author: Fred Peratt is head coach and owner of Environmental Enhancements, Inc, a Sterling, VA-based commercial landscape management company serving the Washington D.C. Metro Area. He is also the Education Advisory Council Chair for the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

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