talking to construction companys

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by DiSantolandscaping, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. DiSantolandscaping

    DiSantolandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
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    how many of you have gone to construction companys that to earth work, road work, site work, etc and asked them if you could be on their bid list for landscaping work? I ve tryed it with one company and he told me to come back in the spring but he uses one company mostly.

    Is their a better way to ask then just saying hi im so and so with disanto landscpaing and i am starting a landscaping company and wass wondering if i could be on you bid list? is their a search on this topic somewhere
     
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Email, fax, call etc.... Companys like tht are not going to hire lil timmys grass cutting to be $20k + installs. Baby steps you have to build a portfolio first.
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  3. DiSantolandscaping

    DiSantolandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
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    ok i get that now around here we will start going around bidding mowing jobs for commercial companies in about two maybe three weeks. Do you carry a check list and ask each company what services they would like and put it in one number or do you break ea thing down and then say it will all be divided in so many number of payments? and what i mean by that is do you only bid the mowing and trimming, then ask later about mulch, spring/fall cleanup, bed maintance, etc i want to make sure when i go out this year i can get a few more clients so i can build up my company.
     
  4. dllawson

    dllawson LawnSite Member
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    It is better not to mention you are "starting a landscaping company."

    If they have someone they usually use, tell them "Great, I would like to be your number 2."

    I really like construction companies when you can also do work at the owners house. It is nice to know you can sit down over lunch with the owner if you ever run into a problem on a commercial job.
     
  5. crichardson

    crichardson LawnSite Member
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  6. HDLLandscaping

    HDLLandscaping LawnSite Member
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    Being a startup I had wondering if companies do this.

    On that note, being a startup, my father is a general contractor and owns his company building single family homes. So I have passed out flyers the day after people move into the new homes that he has sold. I guess I can beat the other companies to those houses, so I should try haha.
     
  7. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    Knowing people is the best way to get work. Construction companies, GC's, Property Managers are all great leads to landing work. On the commercial accounts they will let you know what they are looking for in writing, most of them want you to provide all of the services on their list to simplify their outgoing bills to one company.
     
  8. DiSantolandscaping

    DiSantolandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 346

    yea im talking doing new installs for contractors such as patios, walkways, retaining walls, trees, shrubs, grass/sod etc. In my area thats where the work is but we have like 10 real big companys and about 50 mow and go guys. I want to do it all and eventually get in to heavy construction my self.
     

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