View Full Version : Commercial Accounts using a Broker

12-16-2001, 01:32 PM
Has anyone ever tried to use a Broker to help them get Commercial accounts? I know someone who uses them to get Commercial Cleaning accounts. Wonder if it is worth looking into?


12-16-2001, 04:41 PM
I have a tree farm that is serving as a broker. he has several companies that he refers, depending on price and specialty. it will start next season as he is relocating his spot to retail., let you know next season

12-16-2001, 06:29 PM
Lech, you mean like this?

Albemarle Lawn
12-16-2001, 08:03 PM
just make sure you're not the one who ends up BROKER!!!:rolleyes:

01-15-2002, 06:32 PM
I have a pretty high opinion of Service Magic. We are registered with and get referrals from them. Just got a big job last week as a matter of fact. But I don't think they would lead to commercial jobs though. It's more geared toward the homeowner.

There are other companies like http://www.nationalcontractors.com/ who seem to be more set up to get you bids on commercial jobs. But I haven't ever used them.

As for brokers in general, I think the idea is a great one, as long as the fees are reasonable. I know the fees that I pay from Service Magic are totally reasonable.

01-15-2002, 07:16 PM
" I know the fees that I pay from Service Magic are totally reasonable"

Could you elaborate in a ball park about the costs of these leads?

Thank you in advance


Chuck Sinclair
01-15-2002, 08:26 PM

They go from $8.00 to $35.00 for the leads.

01-15-2002, 09:50 PM
Service Magic Lead Fees;

Lawn maintenance = $8
Repair or maintain sprinkler sys. = $8
Landscaping = $15
Install Sod = $15
Install sprinkler sys. = $15
Install pond / water fall = $25

Keep in mind they send leads to [up to] 3 different contractors. So you aren't guaranteed the job. But I find if we get there first we have a pretty good shot at it. And a lot of times we're the only ones who even show up.

It should be noted that you have to be licensed, bonded and insured to use Service Magic. And they check.

01-15-2002, 10:28 PM
Y'all forgot to mention that Service Magic has a one time $99.00 set up fee.

01-15-2002, 10:53 PM
I didn't know that. I never had to pay that because I was initially with a similar service called Handiman Online and they were recently acquired by Service Magic. I never paid a setup fee.