First paper/craigslist ad. Comments/critique?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by xtoyz, May 27, 2008.

  1. xtoyz

    xtoyz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    What do you guys think? What's a good way to word "mulch installation".

    Any thing I should ad or leave out? I'm working on making some fliers right now too.

  2. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    mulch installation sounds about right. i would really reconsider the free estimates part though, w/ gas how it is i'm about to start charging for estimates. i will refund the estimate if we make an agreement on the work performed however.
  3. MountainMan

    MountainMan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    If you charge for your estimate though many people will not even consider you!!! Free estimates is how you get your foot in the door

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    a lot of people still have free estimates so why would someone want to pay for one when they can get it free?
  5. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,012

    Try copying and pasting this into craigslist. Spice up your ad a little bit with some color, size, and font formatting.

    Just stick your number at the end before the </div> tag at the bottom....

    <div align="center">
    <font color="green" size="4"><b>Need help maintaining your yard?</b></font>
    <font size="3">Up and coming lawn care company has affordable lawn care and lawn maintenance
    <br>Reasonable rates for both per-visit and seasonal lawn care.
    <u>Commercial accounts welcome.</u></font>
    <font color="red" size="4"><b><u>Services Offered:</u></b><br>
    Trimming and edging<br>
    Pruning <br>
    Spring and Fall clean-up <br>
    Mulch and top-soil deliveries<br>
    Dethatching (Offered during winter)<br>
    Plowing (Offered during winter)</font>
    <font size="3">Other services soon to be offered include sod installation, land-clearing, tree removal,
    and grading.
    Call or email us today for a complimentary <u>hassle-free</u> quote!</font>
  6. xtoyz

    xtoyz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Wow that really looks a ton better. I updated the dethatching to offered during spring, since winter months around here consist of a few feet of snow :laugh:

    Thanks a lot BGLC, I bet that makes all the difference.

  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    * Affordable lawn care and maintenance.
    * Per service or seasonal rates.
    * Commercial accounts welcome.
    * Mowing, trimming and edging, pruning, spring and fall clean-up.
    * Mulch and top-soil deliveries, dethatching, and snow plowing.
    ... More services coming soon.

    Call or email <put-your-name-here> for a quote!
    btw don't forget to put in a phone number lol
  8. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,012

    Awesome. Hope it works out for you.

    If you are an HTML newbie and want to be able to do your own ads, spend an hour or so at this site. It will teach you the basics of HTML and you can utilize it to post on craigslsit with a bit more of a response.

    Start going down the list that is on the left of the screen. Bookmark this page for reference too :)

    Have fun.
  9. HandyHomeMedic

    HandyHomeMedic LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    That was awfully nice of you!

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