Frequently Asked Questions
At this point you probably have several questions. At MartinoLandscape we're here to address all questions and concerns and provide all necessary information. There are a number of inquiries which are common to so many clients, especially those who may be working with us for the first time. Here are a number ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ often encountered:
Q. Who will work on my property?
A. Well trained, supervised personnel with the proper equipment. All employees wear a company uniform.
Q. Do your employees speak English?
A. Although some of our oldest and most experienced people speak limited English, our goal is to always have at least one English-speaking crew leader on every site.
Q. Are you a licensed Landscaper?
A. Yes, we hold all the necessary State Licenses for New York from Westchester and Putnam County.
Q. Are you insured?
A. Yes. We are covered for workers compensation, liability and motor vehicle.
Q. How do you schedule your clients?
A. We are a full service company serving both residential and commercial clients. We try to schedule our business clients early in the week and our residential clients are scheduled 7 days a week.
Q. Can landscaping really add value to my home?
A. Yes, absolutely - In recent years, there have been quite a few studies on this very subject. Here are just a few examples:
Money Magazine determined that landscaping offers an excellent return on investment and ranked top out of any home improvements. In addition, there was a study done by the American Society of Landscape Architects in conjunction with Money Magazine finding a recovery value of 100% to 200% of landscaping costs which can be gained when selling your home.
Clemson University of Clemson, SC, stated that homes with excellent landscaping will sell for 6% to 7% more than comparable homes with just good landscaping.
Michigan State University found similar results, but gives good landscaping even more value. They state that the perceived value of a home which is landscaped nicely is improved by as much as 12%.
The Society of Real Estate Appraisers also feels a nicely landscaped home adds value and actually causes homes to sell more quickly.
The U.S. Forest Service found that just trees alone can add 3% to 7% to the value of a home.
Q. Is there a fee for the initial consultation?
A. No - We do not charge for the initial site visit. This is your opportunity to share your ideas and vision for your landscape project, start the process of design by discussing initial ideas, pin-point any landscape problems you are having, and get a scope of the overall size of scope. Plus this gives you the opportunity to meet us, learn more about our company, and ask questions.
Q. Can you draw me up a landscape plan?
A. Yes – we have our own Design Department who can draw up anything from basic hand-drawn layouts and sketches, highly detailed concept plans, or a complete set of working construction drawings. Clients will often call upon us to provide this service as a first step to their overall project.