Flyering the same neighborhoods multiple times?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by recycledsole, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,262

    Hey guys,
    I have the areas outlined where I want to focus on gaining clients. We flyered this spring, and are going to do so again this fall and next spring also. If the issue ever comes up I want to be prepapred. Where I live I do not need a permit to flyer, but I do need one to go door to door (knock on the door and talk). However, if someone complains that we keep flyering their house, what should we do? It is hard to control, since its not easy to recognize the house, etc... Do I have a legal obligation to stop if they ask?
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2014
  2. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,845

    If you want to be technical, people use no solicitation signs quite often. But in reality, these signs don't apply for flyer droppers. Out of the thousands and thousands, I've only had a few that asked me not to put a flyer on their door or told me they didn't want flyers. It was few enough that I took notes of their address for future reference. Other then that, legally I don't think you will have any issues. But your goals to keep everyone on your good side, so if they ask or tell you not to, simply just skip them. If not, everyone;s fair game. The way I look at it, us small time operations have to do something to compete with the big companies, most people understand that, while there are a few hard-heads that don't.
  3. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,372

    Contact your local county government for their final opinion. Unless you receive an actual reply from someone working for the State about your question all other advise is just that, advise.
    easy-lift guy
  4. Kawizx62003

    Kawizx62003 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,458

    Legal obligation or not, best business practice would be to stop giving that house fliers (or flyers). Although cheap, I doubt I will ever flyer (o flier) anyone's house. I would rather spend the money on postage. I am not a fan of walking onto other peoples properties uninvited, especially these days. Too many crazies out there and who wants to be bothered? Now this probably comes from years of being a police officer, many times I wasn't invited an rarely was it a good visit. Dont miss that!
  5. grassmonkey0311

    grassmonkey0311 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MD/NC
    Messages: 2,985

    If a company leaves a flyer at my door, I get it, and I understand it. They are trying to get business, I can't knock them for that.

    But when the same company leaves numerous flyers at my its considered annoying. I would think this "multiple flyer" theory would only apply to EDDM, not door to door.

    I did 10K flyers this past year and only had 1 complaint. I also was specific in where they were to be placed and don't put them at houses with "No Solicitors" signs up. Although the sign is meant more for Knock-N-Talk, out of respect I don't put flyers on their door.
  6. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,386

    I hit em every 3 months. The few complaints we had got turned into customers
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  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,349

    Ive never herd of someone complaining about a flier.

    When I had my business in So. California the houses were all close to geather, Id often flyer 20 houses on each side of a house I worked at.

    A couple of things you can do is pay attention when someone moves into a neighbothood. And also when theres a Death, I know its sad, but that's when a lot of people hire a lawn guy.
  8. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    What is advise?
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  9. wbw

    wbw LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,079

    Twice a week=annoying.

    Twice a year=no problem.
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  10. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    A flyer a twice a year left at the property is not intrusive.

    People that do not want you will just toss the flyer as they sort their mail.

    Knocking on a door to give a flyer even once is intrusive.

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