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US Maintenance?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Pioneer01, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. All_Clear

    All_Clear LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    They have contacted me before.. Out of the blue actually. After checking out the problems so many others have had with them (mainly snow removal) I declined their offers.

    It's not worth the headache of having to track down your payment 60 - 90 (most times longer) days later, especially from another Maintenance co. Granted they hold some nice accounts but still. They probably get away with hiring some and getting free work, some people will give up after so long of not getting paid. In my opinion they could handle their business alot better. They might actually get better contractors if they did.

    Good luck with whatever you choose
    All Clear
  2. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 616

    All I can say is that they don't like to pay. You dont have to worry about finding them beleive me they find you and anyone else who will answer the phone. They just called me Friday to schedule service for the upcomming season my responce was wheres my money. Needless to say I'm still waiting!!!
  3. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    If you have good cash flow fine. But if you need your money quick:laugh:

    AMBASSADOR LAWNS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    I agree with Mike..
    Endeavor to get to the
    place where your not relying on
    clients that have a policy of paying
    30+ days after the end of the month. Use those clients
    to generate other commercial and residential clients,
    because you never know who will drive by and ask you
    for your business card.
  5. Harrington Landscape

    Harrington Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Erie Pa
    Messages: 336

    we have a ton of stores here run by us maintenance and they will not give me a number to get in contact with them is there a main office to call or is it all individualy i would like to bid on ours.
  6. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    I do quite a bit of work for us maint. but I have also learned a couple of key things from working with them...
    1) make sure that you do the work that is outlined within the scope of the service contract.
    2)make sure all your paperwork is done and submitted properly
    3)be professional

    if you do these simple things you will have no problem, we did about $40,000 with them last year and no you dont always get your check within 30 days but they have always paid me, and it is nice to have a gauranteed flow of income as long as your not trying to survive on just that money alone.
  7. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

  8. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    Ive tried 3 times to get in contact with this company and no response, so to me that says they suck!:laugh:
  9. Pioneer01

    Pioneer01 LawnSite Member
    from Denver
    Messages: 31

    Well quit the mixed bag........ I got involved with them a few winters ago when a contractor didn't show up at a 24 hr big box store during a blizzard. I was looking threw Craigslist and come accross an ad looking for plow drivers. So I called and they said they didn't care what I charged them they just needed plow trucks and shovelers NOW. So we loaded up five guys and three trucks and spent the next two days on this lot. I sent the a bill for with $125 hour for the trucks and $35 hour for shovels. I got a call the next day asking if I wanted the loacation for the rest of the season along with a few others the previous contractor couldn't handle and that was it. This year I asked about summer maintenance and they said they would let me bid on a few sites and was curious as to what I was getting myself into bid wise, more so how they handle the summer stuff.

    richallseasons do thy send you a bid packet with site specs like when they want them mowed, trimmed and blow? Do they have you handle all aspects of landscaping and if so does the contract cover those? Or do you send in a bid stating what services you are willing to provide and the price per service or is it more like winter work where its based on a monthly price where they pay you X amount to cover the work for that month with ballon payment at the end?? Could ya give me a call??????
  10. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    With my summer work for the bank of america sites they send me a roll out with a detailed scope of work and pricing that they have established already,which most of the time comes up short so you get together with your area rep and negotiate a better deal,I am expecting them to send this info today as a matter of fact. With the cumberland farms landscaping package they wanted me to straight out bid on the work, which I submitted last week and am waiting on a response. I guess it depends on the company that they are representing as to how they handle it. If you want to talk about it send me a pm.

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