Getting accounts in high end gated communities

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dannyc33, Sep 8, 2003.

  1. dannyc33

    dannyc33 LawnSite Member
    from indy
    Messages: 95

    I'm very interested in getting some accounts in a gated neighborhood near some of my other accounts. I've moved up this year from getting homes in the range of $120,000-$250,000 to now alot in the $300,000-$600,000 range and have almost all good things to say about it. They have irrigateion system (and use them!!) and they care about their lawns. I've alway got my accounts pay passing out fliers eighter in the mail box or paper box (sometime to the door). I know it's illegal, but only this year did the post office call me and after two weeks of playing phone tag they gave up, that's the government for ya (I know they're not offically part of the gov.,but they are).

    But anyway I would like to know how I could get my fliers passed out in there,whether it's in the mailbox or to their doors. Would I be able to drive in just like other contractors do? Whould I have to leave them at the gate? I could always enter on foot from a neighboring neighborhood or go around the wall, but I don't want to get in trouble if I don't have to. How to you guys advertise in those areas. and I don't have a yellow page ad so they can't look me up and call me.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated,:)
  2. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,266

    i would try to mail them to them. people who live in these gated communities do so for a reason, they want to be left alone. if you were somehow able to wiggle in there , people might get ticked off findind flyers or leaflets on the mailbox/door/lawn a. just my opinion.
  3. dannyc33

    dannyc33 LawnSite Member
    from indy
    Messages: 95

    Thanks, I know they're gated for a reason. I was thinking of just slipping them inside the newspaper early in the morning after the paper was delivered.

    How would I get just the addresses of the people that live in there? Whould the post office be able to help me?

  4. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    do a google search for reverse lookup or something. there are a few sites that can find peoples names/numbers if you give a street address. although they're most likely unlisted since they're in their protected little neighborhoods.
  5. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,266

    danny, im not exactly sure how to go about getting the addresses in the neighborhood. the first thing i would do is try to catch the mailman coming in or going out and ask him/her.not for the actual addresses but how to obtain them.
  6. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,233

    I wouldnt even bother with the gated communities. I think a lot of people think big homes means big money, which is what I used to think. They are more of a big PITA. Not always sometimes the extras can really pay off, for the most part I hate dealing with these people.
  7. Florida 5 Star

    Florida 5 Star LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 92

    why don’t you try the local property appraisers office in Florida they give you the owners name and street address we can do this from any computer by selecting the parcel the information is displayed
  8. Willis

    Willis LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    First, I would like to get in to those communities my self.
    But there are no trespassing signs all over.
    Owell try, try, again.
    Second, with the major hike in I.D. theft up here you can bet the cops would be chasing you down tackling you to the ground arresting and charging ya for meson with any male boxes .:blob2:
  9. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    Why not go ask the security guard if there is one.

    Or find out the home owner's association and contact them
  10. Whatdefunk

    Whatdefunk LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 38

    O.k. go to your local software store and buy the direct mail program. Then you have to get it certified by an outside company. Then you have to get a direct mail permit from the post office and then you can mail to just about anybody in your area with ease. It may sound complicated but its not. The first time may be a hassle but trust me its worth it. So this is my suggestion if you want to be professional and do it the right way instead of sneaking around or bothering the security guard. JMO. By the way just call the post office and speak to someone in the business department and they will tell u just what to do.

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