It’s safe to say that water is the lifeblood of your landscape. Without water your property could never remain green and healthy in the intense heat and drought conditions that are common here in North Texas. For that reason, you understand that irrigation is essential.
Of course, with an irrigation system comes necessary ongoing maintenance. It’s important that you keep your system running optimally if you want to continue to reap all of the benefits of the system. Over time, adjustments and repairs often need to be made to keep the system in tip-top shape.
Whether you are thinking about adding a system and are wondering what will be involved in maintaining it—or you already have a system and are considering switching irrigation maintenance companies—you might be wondering about the cost involved in ongoing sprinkler maintenance.
Here are a few things that you should know.
First and foremost, it helps to have an understanding of what goes into irrigation maintenance costs. Pricing irrigation all starts with the number of zones. Let’s talk about what would be involved in pricing an irrigation inspection.
Generally speaking, when it comes to performing an inspection, we know that if the system is 6 zones or less, that it will usually take us around an hour of work. If it’s 6 to 12 zones, it will usually take us around 2 hours of work. And if it’s 12 to 18 zones, it will usually take us around 3 hours.
While the quantity of zones is where the pricing starts, keep in mind that the cost is going to vary based on the complexity and size of your system. That means that comparing one job to another is not as cut-and-dry as you might assume. Even if you and a neighbor have the same number of zones, the type of system that you have could cause a variance in price.
It’s also important to keep in mind that performing irrigation maintenance services is something that is performed by licensed irrigation contractors here at Grassperson. So, it’s not just someone we have on staff who is also performing a bunch of other lawn care services, too. Rather, it’s a trained irrigation professional who holds the licensure to complete that work. That’s something that is also factored into the overall cost.
Now that you have a better understanding of how the price is determined, you might be wondering what you can actually expect to pay.
Because of the variations that we discussed above, it’s hard to give an exact figure that will apply to everyone. However, on average, a typical irrigation inspection will generally be between $125 to $175 at the entry level, unless there is a major system issue. If there are a lot of repairs needed, you could look at spending another $200+ for those repairs. That’s talking about new heads and new rotors, nothing too drastic.
Of course, we also have clients who decide they want to go beyond just maintaining their existing system and want to upgrade it to something better. Sometimes an irrigation inspection will reveal inefficiencies or areas of improvement.
With the new technology that is available today in the form of smart irrigation controllers, a lot of homeowners recognize that an upgrade makes a lot of sense. Depending upon the system size and complexity, installing a new controller could be as inexpensive as $300 to $500.
But that’s for a pretty basic upgrade.
If you’re looking for all the technological advances and want the “latest and greatest”—plus you have multiple zones—you could be looking at $2,500 or more.
We install advanced controllers in that $2,500+ range quite often as homeowners recognize that the long-term value will ultimately mean they save money thanks to more effective water conservation on their property. After all, there’s no denying that water can be expensive and investing in a better system that only puts down as much water as is needed (and makes adjustments based on things like rainfall and humidity) can give you a good return on investment over time.
As you search for companies that perform sprinkler maintenance, you’ll likely find that you have a lot of choices. Now that you understand how irrigation services are priced, you know that you need to choose a company that you feel is providing the value you deserve for your investment.
At Grassperson, irrigation services are an important part of our business, but not our only focus. Our aim is to be able to offer our clients all of the services that they need through our Total Maintenance Program, which will take away all of your property worries. When it comes to having the best property on the block, as vital as irrigation is, it’s ultimately only one small piece of everything that goes into making your property look its best.
At the end of the day, we understand that you don’t have the time to be worrying about the nuances related to irrigation systems or how to get yours to perform its best. You want to understand what you’re paying for, but your end goal is to choose a company that will deliver optimal results for your investment.
That’s what the Total Maintenance program is all about. By choosing this package, you can let go of the worries associated with your landscape, including its watering needs, and get back to just enjoying your property to the fullest.
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