Dealing with Realators

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Eho, Mar 22, 2005.

  1. Eho

    Eho LawnSite Member
    Posts: 205

    hey guys...I ve added about 6 new accounts so far this year, but I d love to add some more. I m considering going around talking to several local realators and mowing some of the lawns they have for sale. Have any of yall tried this? Good idea or bad idea?
    EHO
     
  2. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,300

    Try a search this was just talked about just resently...
     
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Yea, and it wasn't all that positive either.
     
  4. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,458

    Not a good idea.
     
  5. old dog

    old dog LawnSite Member
    Posts: 213

    And I might add over the last 20 years several have not been.Realtors are
    about a tightfisted bunch -other than farmers-as I have ever run across!
     
  6. yamadooski

    yamadooski LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 434

    Stay away from realtors!!!!!
    They want it done right now and they dont send payment on time and plus when you do want to get paid you have to their office.
    They are the biggest PITA's.
     
  7. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    I think it depends on the realator. I mow for an owner of a real estate management firm. I mow his lawn (full service) and two properties that he manages. I also mow others as they become non-vacant. I do charge a premium for this and all his properties are within my route. There are times they call and want me to mow before the city does....so that tells you some of them get to be very overgrown. They never ask for an estimate, just do it. He knows that it might be up to a week before I get to it and does not have a problem with it.
     
  8. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    I personally have only had one realtor over the years that I have worked for. I have one realtor, that I have been doing work for now 9 years. It's a father and son operation and I love it.
     
  9. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,905

    I highly suggest avoiding Realtors. I know the money may seem to be easy, or at least easy to come by, But unless your idea of fun is waiting (seemingly forever at times) to get paid, possibly ruining your equipment ( every single time I damaged my equipment last year, it was on a job for a Realtor ) And working for the absolute least amount of money ( 99% of the time the work is awarded to the low bidder )..

    Just leave the Realtors alone. Why work harder than you have to, to make less $$$?
     
  10. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    they want you to cut a lawn, very important. Then 2 days later a lawn on the same street needs it. Then go to do one you have been doing for some time and the new owners are there painting "oh i forgot to tell you we sold it" And dont mind waiting for money.
     

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