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Have you considered the importance of good landscaping service in your overall building maintenance plan? Many property and facility managers often put together a plan for securing good, reliable commercial cleaning services as a first step. And while it’s true that the cleanliness inside your building matters to both staff and visitors, it’s important to remember that good landscaping will make the first impression people have of your facility even before they they step foot through the front door. Curb appeal is important. Neglected landscaping creates the wrong first impression. Dying grass, overgrown trees, unkempt flower beds, grubby and dusty walkways, or a lack of any landscaping at all will say the wrong thing about your business, clinic, or public facility. Not completely convinced? Read on for four additional reasons why you need to add regular landscaping services to your building maintenance plan.
How landscaping is just as important as commercial cleaning in facilities maintenance
1. ROI. You’ve likely heard the term ‘return on investment’ (ROI) before. While it’s hard to put a price on a good first impression, you’ll certainly benefit from the value that comes with a well-maintained landscape. Can you afford to have your visitors question your operation even before sitting down for a meeting? Your visitors, customers, and clients will all notice how the property is maintained, because appearances really do matter. Good landscaping has also been proven to improves property values, and curb appeal gives the appearance of an upscale environment and an organization staffed by top people.
2. A healthier environment. It’s been proven that a clean, green environment is a stress reliever for people — even when they don’t spend much time outside. Even looking through a window at a well-kept landscape has been shown to reduce stress levels. You and your employees deserve to work in a comfortable space, complete with clean office interiors, cleared walkways, good lighting and nice landscaping outside to enjoy when you need that five minute walk around the building to take a break and clear your head.
3. Efficiency and money saving. If you’re going to spend the money on facilities management and building maintenance, you should plan to bundle your landscaping in with the commercial cleaning service. It’s just more efficient to have one provider to reach out to for all of your needs, and often a good way to save on individual services with the price reduction that can come with bundling. In addition, regular landscaping over time reduces total cost of service by saving you on having to replace unkempt greenery, refurbish due to neglect, or start from scratch.
4. Crime reduction. Have you heard of the broken windows theory? Many law enforcement officials and city leaders across the country are finding that poorly maintained buildings and blighted communities attract crime, but that well maintained properties deter crime because the bad guys think someone is more likely to be watching. Additionally, a 2012 study showed that good landscaping with green lawns and trees reduced crime and made people feel safer.