Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-25-2012, 02:54 PM
MikeTA95's Avatar
MikeTA95 MikeTA95 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Burlington County, NJ
Posts: 84
Commercial Property Managers

For the guys who maintain Commercial Properties - How did you reach out to the property managers to eventually get the properties you have?

I currently have two commercial properties - One that was included with a friends clientele when he went out of buisness and passed it onto me, my other commercial property was for the common areas of my neighborhood and I was voted in by my neighbors, who are my residential customers.

I've been wanting to expand more for next season, and I've been reaching out to businesses and Commercial real estate companies who manage properties. I've stopped in businesses to ask who was in charge of the properties, and I've made cold calls to management companies, and all of my efforts have been met with rejection in one form or another.

I have the proper skills, equipment, insurance, licensing, work ethic, employees, and enthusiasm to maintain these properties.

But I can't get anyone to call me back. So what has been successful for you?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-26-2012, 12:23 AM
SECTLANDSCAPING's Avatar
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: new london, CT
Posts: 184
I think if you approach them unsolicited you'll come off as desperate.

Every commercial property i have ever bid contacted me. The majority found me by searching the web. The rest I really dont know.
__________________
South Eastern Connecticut Landscaping, Pressure Washing, Lawn Care, Snow Removal

South Eastern Connecticut Pressure Washing

South Eastern Connecticut Spring and Fall Clean Up

52" Brutus/52" Super Surfer/44" Pro Line/60" ZMaster
EB630/EB802/EBZ7150/EBZ8000/BR400/Billy Goat 8Hp
2 FS55/FS90/FC95/2 KM90/L322/L326/TR2350S
HC150/HC155/CHTZ2460
00/04 silverado 8ft Fisher/F250 01 9.5v Fisher/
CASE 1816/CASE 1845/
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-26-2012, 01:00 AM
Big C's Avatar
Big C Big C is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Gonzales, La.
Posts: 1,594
I picked up 3 fast food joints by the property managers calling me.
__________________

Chad Clark
225-257-5566
chad@clarkunlimited.com
www.clarkunlimited.com
www.facebook.com/culawns
La. Licensed Landscape Horticulturist
La. Licensed Ornamental & Turf Pesticide Applicator
La. Licensed Irrigation Contractor
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-26-2012, 01:58 PM
landgator's Avatar
landgator landgator is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Havelock, NC
Posts: 62
I stopped by the locations and talked to managers. Coldcallin
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-26-2012, 05:42 PM
Bunton Guy's Avatar
Bunton Guy Bunton Guy is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: charlotte nc
Posts: 1,632
For what little I have with property managers I hammered them constantly. E-mails once every 45-60 days reminding them in still here wanting to do business with them & several phone calls & voice mails within a 6 month period to find out if they had anything coming up for bid or any new properties.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-26-2012, 08:06 PM
CALandscapes CALandscapes is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: New Orleans, LA
Posts: 943
We cold call. We probably land .05% of the calls, but .05% of hundreds and hundreds (probably thousands, even) adds up.

Good luck!
__________________
www.mullinlandscape.com
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-27-2012, 08:33 AM
krzys555 krzys555 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 108
go in and ask for a manager.
find out when the bid date is. most important.
come back 2 months before for a bid packet

or just keep cold calling, sending emails, but preferably regular mail.
and just keeping at the same people
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-27-2012, 08:39 AM
FoghornLeghorn FoghornLeghorn is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 546
signup with google and start advertising. You are wasting WASTING your time going to talk to these people.

Think of all the time, energy, gas, enthusiasm you're wasting. These people won't call you back if you cold call, it just doesn't work. They have to find you and call you.
__________________
2009 Dodge 2500 4x4 Diesel
2007 Chevy 1500 4x4
Kubota ZD mowers
2006 Kubota 9540 w/8 foot galvanized Modern shredder
Gravely 36 inch walk-behinds
Echo and Shindiawa handhelds
16x8.5 Enclosed
24x8.5 Enclosed
16x8.5 Heavy Duty tandem trailer
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-10-2013, 05:02 PM
trooper8870's Avatar
trooper8870 trooper8870 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 235
Property managers are only interested in you when they need you. In my experiance, property maintenance is the very last thing on their mind and they will only talk to you if they are made to take bids. Then they tell the current LCO what your bid is so they can increase or decrease their price as needed.. Property managers hate change!!!
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-11-2013, 10:24 PM
GreenGuysLC GreenGuysLC is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Killen Al
Posts: 265
I have never landed one on a cold call. My major contracts have simply found me through my online presence. prob over 85% of the business world finds what they need by googling it. I have had good luck with just sitting by the phone. Make sure you are always available to answer... they dont always leave messages.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:59 PM.

Page generated in 0.08308 seconds with 7 queries