How to solicit new business in high end residential areas ?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by AllProLC, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. AllProLC

    AllProLC LawnSite Member
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    Around the northside of Indy the high end business is there, it's just of matter of being able to solicit it. Most of the mid to high end homes & subdivsions have " No Soliciting" signs posted at entrances. Don't want to start in these areas w/ doorhangers & get into trouble but want the biz !!! Any ideas on how to market??
     
  2. GSPHUNTER

    GSPHUNTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    If you can get adresses, you could try direct mailers. This will cost more with postage, but it will give you exposure to them without getting in trouble for it. In Missouri, we can't get access to whole streets of addresses for free by going onto the county assesor's web page. This may help you.
     
  3. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Direct mail or find out what local newspaper goes to that area and run an ad in that
     
  4. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
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    What about placing the flyers in the newspaper box instead of going to the door? Is this still illegal? And by just attatching a card or flyer on a door, is that considered "soliciting" or do u have to actually knock? I know many of these people will want the service but then there may be some knuckle heads that may report u to the authoritities. Anyone know what the fine is for soliciting flyers...lol?
     
  5. toac

    toac LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 350

    I don't know how many you plan on sending, but go drive around and write down all the street addresses. Then go to whitepages.com and and do a reverse person lookup. It will give you the name of the of the people at the residence. Time consuming, but could be worth it in the end.
     
  6. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    I have talked to my homeowners association about soliciting. They have talked to the "authorities" about it, and apparently you can not stop someone from doing this. I gather that it is not "against the law", but more of courtesy thing that you can't get in trouble for with the law. This information is what I have heard from my homeowner's association, I do not know how accurate it is. So if you get arrested, it is not my fault. :)

    Besides, I would think soliciting is knocking on a door and disturbing someone trying to sell them something. IDK.
     
  7. rvincent

    rvincent LawnSite Member
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    I currenty have 1 HIGH end client (2mil house). I plan on sending everyone on their block a letter this weekend outlining my services.
     
  8. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    Yes it is considered soliciting. I actually called the sheriff's department here thinking I might need a permit to go door to door. They said no permit was necessary.
     
  9. AllProLC

    AllProLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 169

    Thanks for suggestions guys. Tyring to tap into large area of high-end homes in my area, feel like if I can get 1 or 2 in a neighborhood things will really take off.
     
  10. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    Those neighborhoods usually have a non-gated entrance. Either that or you can slip the guard a $20.
     

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