Top 5 tips on how to choose a grounds maintenance company
When searching for a grounds maintenance contractor, it’s important that you choose carefully.
Here are the top 5 tips on how to pick your grounds maintenance company and avoid headaches later on.
A grounds maintenance contractor is someone you’ll see a lot. They will work around your clients, residents and staff and be unsupervised most of the time, so they must be someone you can to trust.
To ensure that they are capable to fulfil this important role, you should check any potential grounds maintenance company for certain credentials and attributes, even before asking for a quote.
Here are the top 5 tips on what to look for on a grounds maintenance company:
Health and safety
Does the company provide risk assessments and method statements for all the work to be carried out? Do they have accreditations to ensure that their health and safety policies are of highest standards? Are they qualified to handle hazardous substances?
Grounds maintenance work may involve dangerous machinery and harmful chemicals, so always ask what accreditations and paperwork can be provided, to ensure work on your site will be carried out in a safe manner.
Hants & Dorset Gardening Services Ltd. provides each site with their own risk assessment and method statements, and we are a Safe Contractor approved company.
We are also trained to use chemicals on site, insuring the safety of your staff, residents and their pets. Our staff are NPTC PA1 & PA6 licensed grounds maintenance operatives, one of the few grounds maintenance companies in the area that hold this type of training to handle chemicals in a safe manner.
Public Liability Insurance
To cover any potential issues, a grounds maintenance company needs a public liability insurance of at least £2 million.
Because we work with local authorities, Hants & Dorset Gardening Services Ltd have a £5 million public liability as well as a £10 million employer insurance, so you have the piece of mind any eventualities are fully covered.
Unfortunately, having “green fingers” is not enough to provide a high standard of grounds maintenance. Many handyman call themselves “gardeners”, but the job requires a high level of knowledge that only formal training can provide.
Every one of our team leaders are graduates in horticulture by Kingston Maurward College, where they learn applied plant science as well as how to operate all garden machinery, so they are not just handyman pottering in your garden, but qualified professionals, and that truly makes a difference.
Are the employees of your grounds maintenance company uniformed and visible when on site? Are they polite and courteous to your residents, visitors, staff and clients?
At Hants & Dorset Gardening, we all wear a standardised uniform to make us highly visible, so you always know it’s us. And because we work with vulnerable clients, all our employees are trained to treat our clients in a polite manner, with a strict “to tea, no tips” policy, which means that when on site, we are carrying out our duties, and not accepting incentives that may get on the way of performing our job.
Can your grounds maintenance company truly fulfil your contract? Do they have testimonials of satisfied clients to back up their claims?
With a one man band as your grounds maintenance contractor, you will need to worry about holidays and illnesses, and with a very large firm, you may never see the same face again and can not build rapport.
Hants & Dorset Gardening Services will give you regular head gardener, and there will always be cover if they can’t make it, ensuring you will never miss a visit.
With over a decade experience, most of our work comes from word of mouth and our retention rate is of 98%. See what some of our satisfied clients have to say about our services on www.hantsanddorsetgardening.co.uk/testimonials.
Give us a call on 01202 256788 for a quote and see what Hants & Dorset Gardening Services can do for you and your garden.