Hiring "Saturday" Labor
With the warmer weather upon us, many property owners are looking to hire “Saturday Labor” to help get their property geared up for spring time. Those who hire “Saturday Labor” because the price is cheaper usually find that they overlooked the risks that are involved.
Well-managed landscape companies do not and usually will not compete with “Saturday Labor” because their prices will always be higher. The reasons behind the higher prices lie in the training, insurance coverage, quality, and the cost for hiring trusted employees. When you hire a reputable landscape company to provide services on your property you will be paying for the labor to the do the work, the materials to do the work, as well as “PEACE OF MIND.”
What “PEACE OF MIND” can a reputable landscape company give a property owner? I thought you might
ask. I am speaking of the peace of mind that comes with not assuming the risks that are involved with
hiring “Saturday Labor.” When anyone (commercial or residential property owner) hires a “Saturday Laborer” to perform work on their property, the property owner will assume all the risks that come with this work. A good landscape company will take all of the risk off of the property owner by having the correct amount AND type of insurance coverage plus other processes and procedures in place to lessen any accidents on a property.
If your “Saturday Labor” is using hedge trimmers on your property and the hedge trimmers slip and cut
the laborer on the leg, then guess who will be paying the medical expenses and possible paying court
and attorney fees? The property owner. There are many hidden issues that can and will arise concerning
this laborer that the property owner will have to assume the responsibility for.
Now, let’s use the same scenario but use a reputable landscape company’s safety trained team member.
He/She is using hedge trimmers and wearing the proper safety gear. The hedge trimmers slip and cut the team member on the leg. Even with having a safety training process, there will be accidents (we are human, of course). Guess who will be paying all the expenses incurred with this incident? The landscape company. The property owner will not assume ANY of the risk.
Scenario #2 can be applied in the same exact fashion when it comes to other accidents that CAN happen like burning turf grass on a property, a tree limb being cut and the limb falls on a car parked on the property, a laborer returns to the property at night and takes something that doesn’t belong to them. There are so many situations that can take place on a property. Why would a property owner want to take that risk? The cost of doing business with a good, reputable landscape company will be to the property owners advantage. You will pay a little more for the services of the landscape company but what you get in return is well worth it.
So, are you willing to pay a cheaper price and assume all the risks that are involved? OR Are you willing to pay a little more for services from a good reputable landscape company and with that assume NO risks? The answer should be simple... but it is yours, as a property owner to make!!