gated neighborhoods

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by True Harbor, Jul 23, 2005.

  1. True Harbor

    True Harbor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    Is there anyone that has experience advertising with gated communities. I was thinking to just mail them a postcard/flyer if I can acquire all the addresses in the neighborhood or once in a while their gates are left open so I could just walk in? What do you guys do?
  2. A+ Lawncare

    A+ Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 503

    do your hw and get the mailing addresses.... it doesn't justify not doing your hw and getting arrested or fined for trespassing....
  3. KINGjosh

    KINGjosh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    All of my accounts are in gated communities. You can do it 2 ways, legal or illegal way. You have to ask your self that one.

    Me personallly, I chose the illegal way.

    SHOWCASE LAWNS LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    around here gated communities either have a single co do every house or only the best known companies have enough snob appeal to even get hired. many times these upscale areas have small circulation newspapers that mail a free copy to everyone in a certain area. if you place a classy ad in them would definitely ring the phones. just dont show up in a rustbucket wearing ratty old jeans. :rolleyes:
  5. MowingInAZ

    MowingInAZ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    Showcase is right, most gated communties have a newsletter that is sent to all the residents, I accually live in a gated community and you can buy a small amount of ad space. Don't go hanging flyers on people's doors, all of them will just throw it away without even glancing at it.
  6. chuck_jax

    chuck_jax LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I live in a gated community. Once per year, our community publishes a list of all the names and addresses of the owners. I suspect most other communities do the same. Try to get your hands on one of those.

    Also, you might try talking to a realtor to see how you can easily get names and addresses.

    Another idea is to go to the county record office, but that is a pain.

    Try the internet.
  7. BlazingSun

    BlazingSun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    My suggestion would be to snag the FedEx or UPS guy on his way into the community one day. They normally have a pretty good feel for how to get the info you need.

    I drive for FedEx in the winter and part time in the summer, so I know the lists are available, just got to find the right person to get you the lists and access code to the gate.
  8. MowingInAZ

    MowingInAZ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    If you really want to get the names and addresses, go to the gated community's HOA meeting which they discuss different topics. Usually we have a HOA meeting once a month where all the homeowners are invited to discuss different items. Talking to a realtor might work, but sometimes they can't give out information if a homeowner does live in a gated community for privacy reasons. Try the HOA meetings.

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