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About this time of the year, your Design Pundit’s calendar becomes quite full. Why? Calls from bewildered HOA landscape committees wanting to know how to wrestle with the huge responsibility that comes along with managing common area landscape improvements.
These committees want to do a good job, and I give them simple, straight-ahead advice based on thirty years’ experience. Here are some of the questions:
Is all of this money worth it?
The purpose of common area improvements, including plant material, is to support property values. Yes, there are ‘nice’, but property values are the main thing. You decide: is it worth it?
How can we control our maintenance company?
With good specifications and an informed point-person.
Start with a contract that covers everything, including your expectations about trimming every shrub and every tree. Your maintenance contractor is there to serve you and wants to do a good job. Don’t be adversarial.