snow removal for foreclosed and vacant homes

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by ROC lawn and landscapes, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. ROC lawn and landscapes

    ROC lawn and landscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    Hey guys and gals. As the winter months are approaching I got to thinking about offering snow removal to foreclosed and vacant homes. Last friday I went around to some real estate companies offering my services to them and didnt feel like I got the best vibe. Should I be going around to banks and asking or do any of you have a great ideas that I could try? Thanks for any help!
  2. Craig3

    Craig3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    maybe it's because we don't get that much snow here....but I guess I don't understand why they would pay someone to remove the snow @ a place no one lives.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I found the worst advertising is to go out there and actively solicit my services,
    even when I'm dead on target, unless it's a regular customer of mine and even then
    it doesn't always go over well.

    Like door-to-door salesmen, know anybody who wants that?

    That's not to say there don't exist effective ways to advertise, but I thought I'd mention the above as my experience.
  4. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    Craig that would be my thought as well....if there is that much snow on the ground. agents are not real busy showing houses. and more likley the bank is already upside down on the house so the last thing they want to do is spend even more money to maintain it...

    now in some cases the are city/town ordinance that require snow to be cleared from sidewalks 24 hours after the last flake falls. so that might be an option.
  5. poncho62

    poncho62 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 222

    What I would do is send a letter to these agents.....When they need to show a home, you can make sure it is accessible and presentable......But, that could screw up your schedule too.
  6. Wayne 55

    Wayne 55 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    What you are talking about doing here is taking a huge risk. The house is in foreclosure which means simply there is no money. Going to the banks is going to be a time consuming task as many of the mortgages have been sold many times and the lenders might not even be local to your community. The real estate companies have no right to contract plowing adding to the bills of the forclosed property. If the banks do agree for plowing you will be on the bottom of the list for payment after the sale or auction. Payment then would be nothing more than a crap shoot. Why risk it.
  7. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    Personally, I shy away from any sort of work on foreclosed or vacant homes.
    In the past I have completed significant work at these properties for banks, work such as irrigation installation completion, tree trimming/removal, landscape planting and with the exception of one bank at one property payment has been a real problem.
    Plus I seriously loath real estate agent's tactics of attempting to strong arm me for work at the lowest possible pricing while taking 60 + days to pay.
    Poncho has a good idea but unless you can arrange for payment up-front or get a signed contract that stipulates payment with-in ten days or late fees, etc applies - personally I wouldn't do it.
  8. afd226

    afd226 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    You can make good money by cleaning up property for banks and mort. co. Not only cleaning up the outside but hauling the trash left inside also. Makes a good rainy day project and the banks like dealing with one company they can count on.
  9. ROC lawn and landscapes

    ROC lawn and landscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    Who would I need to talk to at the banks (what department) to get my foot in the door? thanks for the post.
  10. ROC lawn and landscapes

    ROC lawn and landscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    Exactly... There is a demand for it... yah payment may be a little on the slow side but how would a bank or realtor get away without paying?:nono:

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