Getting In With Builders

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by garnersgardening, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. garnersgardening

    garnersgardening LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    I am a fairly new company and have been trying to get in with the builders in my area. Unfortunantly they are all very loyal to their current landscaper (good for the other guy). Any suggestion on how to get my foot in the door with them?
  2. Green Team Landscaping

    Green Team Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,089

    Do you have any new companies starting up like Waitt? Get in tight with them so you can hook eachother up.
  3. Casey21

    Casey21 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Builders are cheap, cheap, cheap! What kind of landscaping are you doing, commercial or residential? High-end residential builders wont be as cheap, they will pay for quality. Spec home builders doing front yard only will want it for almost free. And there is rarely loyalty among spec home builders its all about the cheap. Commercial builders need to trust you and you still need to be very competitive on your prices.

    My suggestion to you is become a member of a local regional plan center in your area(if your not)for commercial work. This will allow you to see all jobs up for public bids and be able view the plans online at your pc or at the plan center. You also can post that you are a bidder and other GC's on the plan center network (they handle most of the landscape contracts) will see you are bidding an may call you for a bid as well. If other GC's post they are bidding also, and they will. Then call and fax them your quote. You need to be seen, may take awhile but sooner or later you will get your shot. So bid every job you can thats posted on the plan center for landscape.

    Contact an irrigation supplier in your area and find out if they are members and which one they are a member of if there is more than one plan center.
    They most likely will already have a parts bid for the projects on the plan center. Most Landscape plans are design build irrigation. They want to sell you they parts for the job, so most of them will have it quoted for materials already. They help you,and you help them.

    LOL I dont normally spill my guts on stuff like this... guess i just feel like being nice ;) hope all that helps. Again lol
  4. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. robtown

    robtown LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 224

    This might help.
    All subdivisions and comercial projects have to be reviewed by the county.
    If you vist the county office and ask real nice the will give a list of all approved projects in a certain period a 3 month period. Give them a time frame.
    It will have the project ... the attorney....lot block...address...owner....all the cool info.
    After a while all you have to do is call and have them email you the list.
    You take the list to the town ask to see the plans and bamm you know what you are working with.
    If it is a a gas station or office do some proposals for them and see if you can come up with something that stikes them.
    I would do this in the winter when you have the extra time.
    good luck.
  6. steve5966

    steve5966 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 210

    If you want to get in with builders, you will do better by meeting the superintendent. If they are very loyal that is a plus and a minus. In my opinion you need to try to be his emergancy work guy, if he needs something done right now, you need to be able to get it done. It may be something small like a remulch for a new buyer or a foundation dig for a water problem.

    If you really want to work for builders, you need to make sure your aware of the pitfalls. There are a lot of builders going bankrupt or letting their vendors carry their debt. Check with other subcontractors to see if they get paid in a timely manner. Some builders want to pay when the house sells and the longer it sits on the market, the less profit they will have to pay the bills.

    Builders can be a great source of work or a huge burden for you. We have had both.
  7. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    I didn't think there was a whole lot of building going on right now. It seems with builders you have to run a tight efficient job. Get in and get out.
  8. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    yeah the waitt company seems to really be busting out the jobs, they have a TON of equipment so i guess they need to.
  9. garnersgardening

    garnersgardening LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    Luckily the builders in certain parts of central texas are still doing alot there is alot going up closer to austin from what i have seen
  10. Third Day Creations

    Third Day Creations LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Try using advertising for landscape renovations and adding perrenial gardens, walls, decks, stone patios and such. Brochures stuck in front doors of high end neighborhoods may work for you. Many of these jobs will be negotiated, not bid jobs.

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