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Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by pghlandscape, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. pghlandscape

    pghlandscape LawnSite Member
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    we are considering doing a home show in march 2009 has anyone ever done them? if so any advice?
     
  2. Lawnmasters

    Lawnmasters LawnSite Member
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    We do a couple every year. Done right, they bring in a lot of new contacts.
     
  3. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Very expensive but a great way to get your name out there. We give away a ruler with our name imprinted with the correct grass cut height. Got them from RND SIGNS.
     
  4. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We have one of the largest Home and Garden Shows in the region in Cincinnati and it is a pricey setup to do, so we do it once every other year. We usually keep a 4 man crew running for 3 months from the contact generated at the show alone. Now, our investment is: $2000 for the space, $4000 for materials dry laid so they can be resold), 3 guys out of the field for 3 weeks (1 week setup, one week takedown and restock, 1 week at show.)
     
  5. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have never personally done one, but have heard good and bad about them. The good being that they can bring in a ton of work. I know of one contractor where about 40% of his work for the summer is generated from one home show. On the other hand, I've heard you need to be prepared for a lot of idea stealing price shoppers.
     
  6. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I want to do at least one home show in the spring. I don't really think it would be great for a mow only operation. I'm going to really push decorative concrete in the spring and I think a how show is the perfect place. Shopping today and they're pretty pricey. Looks like booths start at $600 for the weekend and in a larger city are more than double that.
     
  7. pghlandscape

    pghlandscape LawnSite Member
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    1750.00 for a 10` x 10` in Pittsburgh
     

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