Another National Company to look out for. I am new to the site, but have some not so new news.....There seems to be a National Landscape Design Firm out there with a little twist, "claiming to do comprehensive landscape design nationally" It is set up to appear that you are getting a good deal by doing a little (little HA!) site work for them. Unfortunately, it seems as though it is like a pyramid scam where it will cost you money . a lot of money, to be a part of this. The company sells landscape designs to homeowners and then looks for contractors to do the initial site work, they tell you, you could have first dibs (yeah right) on the install because you can start to build a relationship with the customer if you go and do the site work (measurements, pictures, etc.), the hidden fees come in after you agree and sign up to be a preferred contractor and provide them with all your personal company info. They have an outstanding sales pitch going on, and have had success in selling companies into doing this work. They tell you they will waive the initial fee, but what they haven't told you is that you have to spend money with them on the backside to the tune of a minimum of $2,000 and it could range in the 10s of thousands yearly to continue to be a "preferred contractor" (where have we heard that story before). Preferred Contractor Requirements (Taken from their website) Preferred Contractor must have current liability insurance (contractor license were applicable). Preferred Contractor must do a minimum of $2000 in Marketing with us per year. (Here come the backside fees) Preferred Contractors must have a Web Site. (more fees, if you dont have one) Annual $100 fee, (watch out for this one). Preferred Contractors must be approved by VisionScape Management. They have what appears to be a professional website, which sometimes fools individuals and or companies. They post their services on Google, Service Magic and other search engines trying to appear to be honest and trustworthy. They throw around large company names such as Monrovia (a huge plant growing firm in CA), Lowe's, and Home Depot to make it appear that they are doing business with the Big Guys, unfortunately ...they are not! On a brighter note, and after some investigation, I didnt join. I believe we need to band together to eliminate these companies. We as a strong entity across the USA can do it. Any company out there that offers design/build, maintenance, hardscape installation, pool installs, water features, or any other industry services. are not only being taken advantage of, but seems they are being scammed in some way by these National Companies. So....Look Out! if they call you and try to get you signed up, I would respectfully decline there offer, trust me, it will save you money in hidden fees. If you are sold by their process and do work for them, I would charge them for the services. I would also recommend you get all your money up front, make sure the check clears, and then go do any site work. It is costing us money to drive to these sites, spend our time doing all their work for them, and they are waiving the initial (note the word INITIAL) fee. With gas prices the way they are, and getting worse daily, it isn't worth it, it is not a bargain, nor are there any guarantees that we would get the work. They will try to sell you on all the other services they offer, such as: Marketing for your firm, a low cost website (lol), signage, a company logo development, etc. This is where the other fees come in. In all they provide and charge you for, they will also demand to have their name on all your signage; this will possibly take work away from us and direct it to them. Please share this with your friends, colleagues and any other landscape, maintenance, pool installer, or Green Industry professional out there. We as professionals need to take a stand against these companies, whether it is in the Green Industry or the Snow and Ice Industry, we are the professionals, we have invested our blood sweat and tears into our services, our customers and our professionalism, only to be mocked but to have the industry degraded by these so called national companies or Landscape Design Firms out there. They are looking out only for themselves and trying to make money by taking advantage of us. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask them. My name is Peter, I am the owner of PMG (Property Maintenance & Grounds Services) located in Philadelphia, PA, both myself as owner, or our Vice President will be posting any replies to your questions....Lets put an end to being taken advantage of by all these national companies and keep the relationships with our current and prospective customers we have and are working so hard to develop. At this point, I am not able to provide the name of the company based on pending litigation I have in place, I can say they are located in New York State. If you have been approached by this firm, please feel free to shed some light on this firms name. I would recommend anyone be careful with your involvement, it is your money you worked so hard for, don't be forced to give it away. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to discuss this serious situation, keep your eyes and ears open and be sure not to be taken by these firms. Peter Property Maintenance & Grounds Services PS...Sorry this post is so long, I needed to get the word out.