Updating your landscaping can make a huge impact on the look and appeal of your San Diego commercial property. Renovating the current landscaping can improve tenant occupancy, increase the value of your property, and even result in higher rental rates. According to the University of Washington, commercial offices can get a 7% higher rental rate when they have high-quality landscapes.
But a landscape renovation takes time, planning and requires an upfront investment before you see the benefits. Make sure to follow these steps for a successful commercial landscape renovation.
Step 1: Select the Right Landscape Vendor
Before you begin, you’ll need to identify a commercial landscape company for the project. The right company for the job will depend on whether you need conceptual designs, landscape installation or both.
A great starting point for choosing your landscape renovation company is to contact your current landscape maintenance provider. In doing so, you can learn their capabilities and make sure they have design and/or installation experience. If needed, you can also contact other companies to get additional bids.
When selecting a landscape company for a renovation project, it’s always important to make sure that they are licensed, bonded and have experienced team members with the necessary landscape certifications. Having trouble deciding which landscaper is right for you? Download our landscape vendor scorecard to help you choose the right landscape company for your project.
Step 2: The Renovation Consultation
Once you’ve selected the landscape company for your commercial renovation, the next step is to share your goals, budget and timeline for the project. You’ll want to make sure that what you envision for your property is realistic. This is also a great time for your landscaper to use their experience to brainstorm other ideas that can help accomplish your goals.
Once your landscaper understands your visions, they will want to check the property’s existing landscape conditions and area to be renovated. During this time, they will observe existing plant materials and trees, as well as the irrigation, soil type, sun exposure, pedestrian activity, etc. The site visit is important for a landscape designer to create an accurate conceptual design. This will also give your landscaper a chance to determine the type of access heavy machine will have to the project area, as well as where green waste and equipment can be stored during the project.
Before the meeting ends, be sure to determine deliverable expectations and design costs. The cost of a landscape design can vary depending on the amount of detailed information you’d like to see regarding plantings/materials, quantity of photo renderings and number of revisions. This is a good time to provide building rules and regulations, along with any noise restrictions or requirements.
Step 3: Landscape Design Development and Approval
Approximately 1-2 weeks after your initial meeting, your landscape designer will present the conceptual design package. This will give you a general idea of the proposed design and scope.
Once the conceptual designs are approved, your landscape designer will create and present a detailed landscape renovation proposal. This proposal is based on measurements collected by hand, online measuring tools or an Alta Survey Map. It is broken out by demolition, irrigation, hard materials and plantings. The proposal will serve as a road map for the install of all new plantings and materials.
The pricing of your commercial landscape renovation project can vary per square foot. The price differential depends on many factors, including the property’s existing conditions, retrofit requirements, hard materials used, and size and density of the plantings. When comparing two different landscape renovation proposals, make sure you know what’s included in each so that you can make an accurate choice. Irrigation improvements, for instance, will falsely inflate the cost of a proposal when they are included in one and not another.
Step 4: Construction
Once you sign and execute a contract, your landscaper will schedule your project. The start date can be anywhere from 1 week to 1 month following the executed contract. You should keep this in mind at the beginning stages of your project if you want to meet a specific deadline. The start date for your landscape project may depend on seasonality. The spring and summer months are usually the busiest. The timeline for your renovation project can also vary depending on the size, difficulty of scope, and availability of materials needed for the project.
Step 5: Post-Construction Turnover
Congratulations, your landscape renovation project is complete! Your landscape designer or project manager will contact you to schedule a final turnover walk with your landscape maintenance company. The turnover walk will cover items such as grading and drainage, the irrigation controller, vales and emitters, plantings, tree staking and weeds.
A punch list of any items that need replacement or repair within 2 weeks will be shared. Your renovation work can be guaranteed anywhere from 90 days to 1 year. If the landscape company that installed the renovation is also awarded the monthly maintenance, they generally guarantee their work for a longer period. Having the renovation and maintenance work done by the same company can be a helpful strategy because they are already knowledgeable about the property, plant materials and irrigation.