What's in a name?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by michigangrass, Jun 4, 2003.

  1. michigangrass

    michigangrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    How many have gone from "lawn care" or "lawn & landscape" to "property management", etc. and noticed a differance when prospects and customers consider you for services?

    I do realize that "property management", etc. leaves the door open for a number of opportunities not generally associated with the other two. But how many have actually noticed the differance?
  2. green boy

    green boy LawnSite Member
    from texas
    Messages: 18

    Good thought, I was picked out of a group of names before just because of our name. If you add other things to your services it would more then likely fit into the name.
  3. TaussigLawnCare

    TaussigLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206

    if you put landscape in your name you better know alot of the extra stuff because they will ask you more I have noticed that since I added it to my name.
  4. michigangrass

    michigangrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    We're already lawn & landscape. We're looking to grow ever more and just wanted to know if property management, outdoor services, property maintenance, etc. make a difference when tied into your name.
  5. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Property Management Here Means You Can Take care Of Everything, Roofs,Tar,Floods,Lighting And So On. Its not Just Mowing and trimming.
  6. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    That's about how it's understood here too, i thought about changing to "Turf & Landscape Mgmt" or "Outdoor Grounds Maintenance":)
  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    How About TOTAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT By______________
    Or something Like that.
  8. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,309

    I had a lady call the other day, when I went to meet with her she said that she was surprised that my prices weren't outrageous because I have Landscape in my business name.
  9. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    I have moved onto property management and added "Services" to my name.
    I still do the same landscaping and lawn maintenance, but I have found that dump runs are a quick, easy money maker, good for rainy days.

    I am in a resort area with many second homes for people. Home watch is also a good money maker.
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    For some reason, property management just doesn't fit into the equation of industry terms for me. I guess the reason being, is that with this many years in the business, I've dealt with several "property management" companies. These have always been companies that are hired by owners to oversee all operations, including grounds maintenance, inside cleaning, rent, taxes, and other needs having to do with the upkeep of real estate. To me, this is like equating a muffler shop to a full service garage.
    The same applies in industry terms as far as what this business is. Many people use the term "lawn care" whan in fact, they don't even do lawn care as written in text. The term "lawn care" in college text, actually applies to the use of fertilizers and chemicals, not to mowing, while the term "lawn service" or even better and more so, the terms "grounds maintenance" and "landscape maintenance" or "management" is better suited for the aspect of the maintenance end of it. Now, occasionally we'll even see some stuff spray painted on the sides of vans and such, such as "yard care" or "lawn work". This is usually accompanied by the slogan "will work for beer money."

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