How many commercials sign up in advanced?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by stevenf, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I want to try and get my foot in the door and guarantee a year round pay check with atleast one account next year. Is it likely that a business would sign a contract in advanced and I dont start until the date written on the contract? Or is this time of year just absolutely to early?
     
  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
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    yes they do...it's called a seasonal contract...usually paid up front. Depends on where your trying to get the accounts as to when they accept bids.
     
  3. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    The commercial outfits I work with (prop mgrs) take all their bids in the early spring. If you are talking about signing on for next season, it may be too early. Property Mgrs want to get the absolute rock bottom price per cut (irregardless of quality, just be the biggest lowball out there) and therefore won't risk signing you on now until they get 100,000 bids in on a particular property. I don't mean to be negative, but this is the way it is here in so. MN.
     
  4. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes I am wanting to sign a few commercial accounts right now for 2009, or atleast start working on it. I was wondering if you ever get people to sign this far in advanced or do they wait until the current contract is up?
     
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
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    my experience in bidding hoa contracts are that they accept 5 bids...throw out the highest and the lowest...and take someone in the middle 3, I found this out after asking a nice hoa manager why I wasn't getting these bids.
     
  6. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
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    when they sign all depends on the property manager. i signed one in june, and am supposed to sign 7 this fall.
     
  7. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    All of yall are refferring to property management companies? Do you cold call them or do you send letters?
     
  8. Mike's LawnCare Landscape

    Mike's LawnCare Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am starting now for the 2009 year. I have to go look at 3 this weekend.
    to start on 1 /1/09 to 12/1/09 .
    They called me so I guess it time to start looking for more !!
     
  9. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    i stop by their office.
     
  10. jwalker17

    jwalker17 LawnSite Member
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    do all of you quote from jan 1st to dec. 31st or from spring season to spring season (April 1st-March 31st)??
     

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