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Doing service for Banks

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by soloscaperman, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,054

    Anyone mow or do full services for banks? Just wondering since the banks always look top notch with fresh mulch every year and shrub care. I guess the question I'm asking is whether or not there is a lot of money to make in maintaining banks.
  2. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    Heck yeah. They're loaded with cash.
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  3. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,054

    I was thinking about doing it for Free but in return I get 10 seconds to stuff my pants full of money or get a key to the vault and take what I think is fair :)
  4. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,445

    I did one last year and wished I hadn't. Could have been just my luck of the draw but it was very time consuming and they were quite picky. The biggest problem was one or two tellers that just didn't like me for some reason and they kept complaining to corporate who would relay the message to me, but the job they would be complaining about would be already done. To make matters more awkward it was the bank I used most for my accounts. I would be willing to work at another bank only if I had no accounts there and if I could talk and deal with a manager on site and not some corporate guy who is disconnected from the site. Just my 2 cents.
  5. martinlawn29

    martinlawn29 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    doing work for them is not bad if you know how it works. Most big banks are run from a corporate contracting who are in charge of all things from cleaning to snowplowing,Get hooked up with them and you have a door open to managing multiple banks. alot of times they wil not just give you one bank but a group of them and if your not willing to take all of them you get nothing.
  6. Salcido Lawn

    Salcido Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    I mow about 30 banks. The monthly maintenance isn't great, but I BANK on the extra work!! Once, I got called out to a bank for an "emergency work order". When I got there, a customer had kicked a sprinkler head off and it only needed to be screwed back on. The back story is, I had just driven through that town, which was about 45 minutes away from my home, I received the WO as I was pulling up to my house. My contract states that I have 4 hours to respond to an emergency WO. In the WO, they said that water was "running down the street!" Being as I had just driven by that property, I knew that there was no water running down the street. So I told them that it would cot them $250 for me to go look at the problem. So, when I arrived, I found the problem, screwed the sprinkler head back on and drive back home!!

    I also have another bank that I mulch once a year and I clear about $3k after materials and labor is paid out. It only takes us about 4 hours to mulch it.

    So, yes, they can be worth working for!
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  7. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,054

    Very true with gas stations. I don't like to let out too much info but I had a chance to win a bid for a $1 cheaper for a cumberland farms gas station. Well when I talked to the people they wanted me to do 3-4 gas stations and the lowest insurnace you can get was 3 Million I think and mine was the lowest which is right under a Mill. I had no man power or the equipment to do the gas stations and didn't want to get too ahead of myself. I know the owner's son maybe down the road I will jump back in.

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