Texas Roll Call

Discussion in 'Network: South' started by PlantscapeSolutions, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. Hope Landscaping

    Hope Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Absolutely. But say you acquire a new customer and they purchase new product through you, but they want to use the same product next year. Then what? What is your policy on the product after first storage?
     
  2. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    Once the customer buys the lights you use them year after year and factor storage into the deal.
     
  3. Hope Landscaping

    Hope Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    What is your pricing scale after product, install & storage?
     
  4. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    Is anyone here going to go to the OHBA (Organic Horticulture Benefits Alliance) Summit in Houston on 2/9/2013. It's $100 for non members which is what I paid. With my year old top dressing business it's a no brainer to go. You guys can't be too diverse.
     
  5. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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  6. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    You've got to be religious about taking lots of before and after pictures. I find that usually only one out of a half dozen projects is website worthy. I use the before pictures to help with my AutoCAD design as well. Before pictures make the after pictures much more dramatic and prove you have ownership in the project.

    There's a lot of clip art folk out there that have pictures on their website or used in advertising that is not even work they did. I had mentioned to a guy in SA on lawnsite that he might want to find pictures for his commercial maintenance company that are not obviously from Florida with tropical palms in them.

    Here in Austin I have seen at least three companies use the same clip art in the yellow pages over the years.
     
  7. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    I wish you would post some pics of your Christmas lights for us. At almost $1600 per customer those must be some pretty nice displays. I like living in a small town but we usually go to the Dallas area to look at lights.

    Your right about the pics. One of these days I plan on having a website [own the address but never did anything] and it would be nice for some good before and after pics. One of the nice things about a town of 15K people is if someone wants to see what theirs might look like then I can just have them go by and look.
     
  8. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    Here is a peek at one house. This shot only shows about half the lights. There are 525' of C9 soft white LED lights on the house, 36' of lit LED garland, and 275' of lights on the Italian Cypress tree's. We did a little $400 tree sucker cleanup job as well. The total bill was $3529 installed. This is about a 3.2 million dollar house. We do the one next door, one across the street, and I'm working on a third for 2013.

    I have some pictures of last years work on Facebook that are better resolution then my website pictures. I'll have a bunch of new pictures to put up this year from the 14 new clients I picked up. I have one super Griswold client who spent about $8,000 for additional material and installation this year.

    Missy House.jpg
     
  9. You made a comment in that mulch thread about being more than just a grass cutter, which I agree with 100%. So many guys on here take offense to that, but complain when they lose a lawn cutting customer over $5.
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  10. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    I knew I'd end up ruffling some feathers in there. Getting the thread shut down did not come as a surprise. The one guy who mentioned my credentials shows 32 years in residency on his website. I suspect that may be some creative math adding up the number of years he ans his workers have lived in their area or something.

    His website shows a whopping four pictures of most Jed Clampett looking properties he mows. There was one decent picture I gave him a thumbs up for. But common, if you have some business skills are you really going to have such a home brew looking website. My site is done on a budget and isn't going to win any awards but at least it doesn't look like it's hosted by GED Inc.

    Many guys on there think spreading a few bags of mulch from Walmart out of the back of their old pickup truck counts as experience. I would really hate to be in some market where bulk is the only choice. Poking fun at other guys who's live to take grass mowing pictures or who obviously don't set the bar very high for their life goals can be humorous at times. I can usually hold my own in the field of barbed humor.
     

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