Nearly every year, areas all throughout Gulf Coast region face periods of water usage restrictions when it comes to landscape and tree maintenance. However, just because a neighborhood or locality restricts water usage doesn't mean the property has to suffer or fall into decline because of water restrictions. Today's blog post looks at ways to keep residential and commercial properties beautiful and healthy in spite of water restrictions for tree and landscape watering.
Commercial properties often require a larger amount of on-going maintenance, including driveways and parking lots, building upkeep, signage and business lighting, and landscape maintenance. One area that can be commonly overlooked is in regards to surrounding landscape maintenance and vegetation management around the perimeter of a business lot.
A growing number of Houston-area subdivisions have Homeowner Associations in place to create and enforce neighborhood rules for residents and homeowners. These rules may include restrictions on exterior paint color for homes, bans on livestock, and rules regarding tree and lawn maintenance. These restrictions and rules exist to ensure that community standards and aesthetics are maintained in order to protect property values. Homebuyers within the community must abide by HOA rules and by-laws or face penalties, fines and even liens on their homes.
Americans enjoy the largest number of consumer options and service providers than ever before. People have a wide variety of choices in all arenas, whether they are car shopping, buying groceries, shopping at a clothing store, choosing insurance or even looking for service providers. Sometimes the abundance of choices and options can be overwhelming, so it's important to carefully examine all available options before making a decision. One area where Houston consumers have a wide variety of choices is with tree and landscape contractors.
When major projects arise on commercial or municipal properties, property owners and managers rely on outside contractors to submit Request For Proposal (RFP) bids to help them determine the best contractor to complete the task. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of property managers and owners simply choose the lowest priced bid, often with disastrous results. In today's blog post, we will look at four major problems that can occur when the lowest bid is the sole determining factor in awarding or granting a tree care or landscape contractor project.
Trees and lawns can be deceiving for owners. Although on the outside they might appear relatively healthy and stable, in reality they can be struggling to thrive and grow, and signs might not become visible to the owner until it's too late for the owner to intervene. Property health, and in particular soil health, should be a priority for all property owners to protect the beauty, value and health of their real estate investment. One way to help promote and protect property health is through soil aeration.
When renters are searching for an apartment complex to call home, there are several factors that weigh heavily in their decision. Apartment complex owners and managers will often appeal to potential renters by promoting their low rents, affordable utilities, desirable location, vast amenities, and spacious apartment units. In this competitive market, another way apartment complexes can attract and retain renters is to improve the outdoor safety and beauty of the complex.
Warmer weather has finally arrived in Houston, which means many more adults, children and pets are spending time outdoors in front yards and back yards. Unfortunately, many yards contain hidden dangers that can pose a serious threat to the health and safety of people and pets. It's important that property owners identify and eliminate these potential property hazards to keep themselves, their loved ones, and their property safe.
As we begin a New Year, many people begin making their New Year's resolutions, whether it's to start exercising, quit smoking, eat healthier meals, donate more to charity, or spend more time with their family. Most resolutions revolve around personal decisions and habits, but a new year is the perfect opportunity to assess other areas, such as work habits, financial goals, and even property health. A majority of commercial property owners could benefit by making New Year's Resolutions to improve their property to increase its health, beauty and value.