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Marketing to Real Estate agents

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by riverdog, Jan 27, 2002.

  1. riverdog

    riverdog LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    Has anyone tried going to local Realtors for work to maintain/improve property that is for sale? For example mowing, landscape appearance improvement, driveway sealing, etc?
  2. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Its marginally effective but usually short lived work. I've done work for a handful of realtors and got my name thrown around to others because I guess I did good work. There are some properties that are great to work on and make look better then there are some that are nightmares.
    I have done spring cleans for houses that were very neglected and have cut lawns that needed to be cut last week so if you do it make sure you bid appropriately high. They do pay and they pay top dollar.

    The problem is that it isn't steady work.
  3. thartz

    thartz LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 486

    Go for a Real Estate Developer. I work with one that leases office parks and he is good to work for because HE OWNS the property and not trying to sell it but keeps it spotless to keep his tennants from breaking the leases.
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I have for only a couple in the past. Never again. They are CHEAP!
  5. Ghee I like sending invoices to South America.
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Yea, and collecting after they move is impossible.
  7. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    Dont do it. They will not pay, or pay late. But you can make an appointment to look at houses they have for sale and never show if they dont pay. Waste enough of there time and they will pay you. It worked for me.
  8. thartz

    thartz LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 486

    Maybe I got lucky because the developer I work for lives in the area I mow and pays on the first of the month religiously. I know he is not a real estate agent maybe I'm in a good situation.
  9. big james

    big james Banned
    from texas
    Posts: 152

    CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP! ,actually it's the person whose home is for sale that should be paying ,but it ends up being an unwanted expense for a reality co.:mad:
  10. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    Avoid at all cost. Use the search on this, I have been shafted several times by them, I have one out of who know how many that pays on time and is reliable. I have several past due and marked off debts owed by real estate agents....

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