realtor cuts

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by paul3251, May 8, 2006.

  1. paul3251

    paul3251 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Has anyone ever like called or done business for a realty company?like house they have for sale or cuts they need done.please tell me opinoon on this
  2. WalkerMike98

    WalkerMike98 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    Cheap, Cheap, Cheap. As long as its cheap they will hire you. At least 90 percent of them. I am sure this does not apply to all but the majority anyway.
  3. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,534

    If you do work with a realty company make there bill due/ or make them pay before the next cut. In my experiences they almost always try to get out off paying. Cheap a$$3$$.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I categorically refuse to work for realtors, at least on their properties for sale. Thou I do have one as a customer, I service their home and our relationship started long before one became a realtor so the issue of cheapness never bothered, but overall the cheapness has been my experience as well and is the reason I won't work for them, at least not 99% of the time.
  5. jameson

    jameson LawnSite Fanatic
    from PNW
    Messages: 7,472

    I have had great experiences working with 'our' realtor. We have known her (she is a client) for years and she deals with high-end accounts. She throws 3-5 jobs our way per year, some real suh-weet ones at that.

    Get in good with the ones that deal with the movers-and-shakers of your area. You will be thankful.

  6. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 487

    I don't like working with them, they usually wait till the grass is very tall and only want to pay for a reg cut. :confused:
  7. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    Yes, I have done work for realtors, my wife is one of those.
    I have done some good size jobs and have never had a problem with prices or gertting paid for the work. I am going to be going to accepting credit cards this year and they will be paying with a cc card.
  8. CutInEdge Lawn Care

    CutInEdge Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 677

    I enjoy getting calls from realtors, especially the old man realtor. They are the cheapest bunch I have ever dealt with. I did do work for one realtor that had a house across the street from one of my employees. He kept pushing the envelope on getting it mowed, till it was past the point of no return. His on call LCO machines were not capable of cutting the grass with their HD Cheapo. I dont care if it's your friend or not, it will come the time that they will dump you for even $2.00 less per cut. Even if the service is $100 less in quality. My one time cut for that yard was 1/2 what the other guy charged him all yr. I dont jack up the price but you have to know your shinola when doing these props or you will get eaten real quick. All the while they are getting richer and you are having to buy cheaper and cheaper equipment to stay afloat. And then you break down and I and several other LCO's swoop in and pick your gravey accounts that you cant get to which makes all the difference.
  9. 4curbappeal

    4curbappeal LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 761

    I am a Realtor and also have lawn maintenance company. In my area we are paid very well for homes on the market, as well as bank foreclosures. We can pretty much name our price. Especially if I have the home listed. (ha ha)!

    Give it a shot! It just might work out well for you!
  10. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    The nice thing about the same question being answered all the time is you can just copy and paste the same answer. Her it is from last week--

    "OK I will go the other way.
    1st thing is to find a true Realtor- not some goof ball with a lic. that sells 10 homes a year.
    You need to find the person that really wants to provide top service for their clients. This is the agent that knows how to stage a home and what it takes to make it sell. These are the agents that are doing 7-8-9 or more million a year. These agents need reliable service providers and will pay for them. When it comes time to prep a house for sale they will call you because you are good --which makes them good-- which puts money in both your pockets. An real estate company that has a property management department is also good to do business with.
    The main thing to remember is that professionals deal with professionals-- So you need to be a true professional before you can sell to one. Lots of money to be made in real estate and working with real estate people. But everyone must be First Class to play.
    I am bias though as I am an agent
    Another point is that you need to be somewhat flexible with time-- If you have a full week of maintenance and you are solo it may not work well for you. It will not be steady work. If you build a relationship with a few it can be better work for you."

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