We all want to get the things we need for a price that works for us, and commercial landscape maintenance is no exception. However, when it comes to commercial landscaping, it's worth it to invest a little more.

Your landscaping is one of the first things customers will see, and it's important to look good for them. To make sure that your landscaper can live up to your expectations, go into your meetings with these things fresh on your mind.

A clear vision

What does your property need, exactly? Knowing what you want right away can help narrow down your search for contractors who can fulfill exactly what you want.

Make a list of what kinds of services and other criteria you want from your contractor and use that same list for all of your companies — don't change your standards for different organizations. If they want to exceed your expectations, let them do the legwork in trying to impress you.

When talking to your potential landscapers, keep your time frame and any deadlines in mind as well as what seasonal services you might need performed. Give the companies you're looking at some idea of what to expect if and when they visit by noting the age of your property, what kinds of plants you have and the kind of care that you'd like to get them, and any parts of your property that might require a more specialized touch.

Even if the company has a list of services available on the website, don't hesitate to ask more specifically about the services they offer. Knowing these details could help when it comes to negotiating.

A list of questions

Once you know what you're looking for, the important thing is to ask about details. Questions could come up during your meeting, but come into the meeting ready to ask about how frequently they'll service your property, how long they think a project will take or whether they offer warranties. If your company values being eco-friendly, bring it up in your contract discussions to see what options are available.

Good questions will also be proof that a company has experts on staff who could be working closely with you. There's a difference between hiring someone to mow your lawn and someone who will be able to give great advice on how to care for your property and plants, no matter what region you're in.

Also ask to see a portfolio or get contact information for references. Not everyone wants their names shared, but being able to get references who can talk more specifically about what it's like working with your company is a great idea. Landscaping companies shouldn't have any problem showing you examples of their past work.