Commercial properties require commercial landscaping maintenance, and for that, most properties have a provider that they use. But how do you know when it’s time to consider replacing them?

Good providers make sure that your property is taken care of. How do you know when it’s time to look for maintenance providers that will tend to your commercial landscape?

The beds are behind on being mulched and full of weeds.

This is a clear sign that the job is simply being done. There’s only so much to do when you’re a maintenance company, so if the beds are lacking mulch or full of weeds, you can only imagine what type of job they’re doing with the rest of it. This is the canary in the coal mine– and after all, the beds looking nice is a huge part of landscaping!

You’re more stressed or seem to care more about the quality of the landscape than they do.

Shouldn’t the maintenance company care more about the quality of how your commercial landscape looks than you do? One would hope. But if you’re more stressed or concerned about how the property looks than the person that you pay to maintain it, that’s a big red flag.

You’re wondering whether you should renew their contract or keep employing them.

Let’s face it, you pay the maintenance people to maintain. If they’re not doing that or not showing up or making excuses, then why should you pay them? Don’t shell out any more cash to a company or business that is just not meeting professional standards. Showing up, doing the work, and being pleasant to interact with is key for any company. If that’s not happening and you’re experiencing a lack of respect or professionalism, take your business elsewhere.

You’re getting disrupted all the time because you have to be on top of them in order to make sure maintenance happens.

Is your energy not going to your work but instead to frustration with the maintenance people you have because they’re not doing their job? Sure, you could go to counseling. Or you could just give them a warning and if they don’t pick it up, give them the boot. Commercial properties need maintenance; that’s just the way it is. There’s always somebody else who will take over and do a better job.

You just don’t feel that they’re doing the job the way that you want or that they agreed to do.

At the end of the day, it’s a free market. If you don’t want to reward a company for doing a sub-par job with you, you don’t have to. It’s just not going to work if you keep extending business with a company that just isn’t getting the job done. Swap them out for a better option and be done with it. Don’t feel bad– it’s business.