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treybernhardt
04-17-2009, 08:23 PM
Hello to all!
04-16-2009 * San Antonio, Texas: I am Trey Bernhardt. I am the owner-mower pusher-tree pruner-and crew leader fo my company BMW-Pro Lawn - Tree - & Yard Care Srevices of San Antonio. I am new on here. A friend in the Lawn Care Business recommended I take the lawn care school and get a certificate, this is my goal! I have been in the lawn care business in San Antonio for almost 2 years. I found out business evaporated in the winter time and I started a clean up & hauiling service. WOW! never knew there was so much junk to haul to BFI. So far I have had the opportunity to get a contract for lawn care for a Walmarts Store, and do work for the U. S. Government Dept. of Home Security! I have quite a few real estate company & private property contracts for lawn care. I am now working 2 crews most days. I enjoy the work, going to bid jobs, and getting PAID when I am through. This spring I hired a journey painter as a foreman and also started a house painting company. Doing good! I have a family, 4 kids, and my wonderfull wife Jacqueline serves as Dispatcher for the crews, plus assists those in San Antonio that speak only Spanish. She is very fluent in spanish and my kids are learning Spanish & English. I love our family trips and outings. We love God and our church life as well. We enjoy our home computer, and I am learning web design from my dad, who is a website designer & search engine placement guru! He keeps me on the top in Google & Yahoo! This is a great help to my business. He can help you too for cheap.
Formwely I owned an EMS Ambulance Company in San Antonio, worked for GM Fleet, & several new & used car dealers as Internet Sales Manager. I have a college degree, B.S. Marketing.
Contact me:
Trey Bernhardt * BMW-PRO Lawn Services of San Antonio * 210-379-7569 *
email: trey_bernhardt@yahoo.com * website * http://www.bmw-lawn-services-san-antonio.com/
* God bless you all! Your friend, Trey!

Steve
04-17-2009, 08:28 PM
Hi Trey,

WOW Welcome to our forum!

You got a lot going on there!

Formwely I owned an EMS Ambulance Company in San Antonio

That is a fascinating background!

How did you ever get involved with that and what did you think of the experience?

treybernhardt
07-21-2009, 08:42 AM
As a teenager my dad was the elected constable in Brazoria County & also owned the local ambulance service. After High School I went to EMT school at the local Jr. College. I worked for my dad until he sold his ambulance company in Houston & I opened a ambulance company in San Antonio. I did this for over 3 years but sold it when I had graduated college & GM offered me a great job. Business continues to grow but we sure could use rain in San Antonio! This is 2 years running where the grass is dying rather than growing.
your friend,
Trey Bernhardt


Hi Trey,

WOW Welcome to our forum!

You got a lot going on there!



That is a fascinating background!

How did you ever get involved with that and what did you think of the experience?

arthur712
07-21-2009, 01:01 PM
Trey, Welcome to the forum!

You look like you have a great family.

I think you need add a couple more businesses. LOL

Good stuff!

Thanks!
Artie

Steve
07-22-2009, 01:48 AM
Trey,

How do the two businesses compare to each other? Do you find you like one more over the other?

What do you like about them or dislike about them?

treybernhardt
09-09-2009, 09:27 PM
Steve,
I really don't care what I'm doing as long as I am working. I enjoy mowing & pride myself on doing a good job in both San Antonio & New Braunfels (30 minute trip) but I also work in 14 other small towns that surround San Antonio. I enjoy clean up projects & have started doing demolition as well since a general contractor's license & insurance is inexpensive compared to the income I am now generating and single jobs now can be $10K & more on cleanup projects. These jobs have included Walmarts. (I have been under contract with WALMARTS for 11 months to mow, keep up the property around the store, & cleanup debris from 5 acres twice a month.), the U.S. Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, multiple churches (I offer a discount of 10% whatever the job would normally be for churches & not for profit groups). They call & I do the job. But I make so many contacts now from my lawn care customers & their referrals. If it's work I bid on it. I plan on expanding & growing my business until it clears $10 a month, every month. But here one can't just depend on lawn care, because with drought there is no real weekly or biweekly lawn service. We have been under a WATERING RESTRICTIONS ordinance & NO BURNING ordinance in multiple counties in our area. It is not right to charge a contracted customer when you have NO work there to do. When lawn & yards get as they have for the past 2 years; I tell the home owners to call when they need the service. There is no green grass, it is all burnt brown. 2 years in a row. I can't say I prefer either service than the other, but staying busy is my real favorite task! Pray for rain!
Trey Bernhardt

Steve
09-10-2009, 10:25 AM
I plan on expanding & growing my business until it clears $10 a month, every month.

Did you mean $10,000?

(I have been under contract with WALMARTS for 11 months to mow, keep up the property around the store, & cleanup debris from 5 acres twice a month.

We talk about commercial property maintenance and debris cleanup once in a while. Do you have any advice for others when they are trying to figure out how many man hours are involved in such work? I could see cleaning up parking debris, taking forever.

I think everyone can picture in their mind a walmart property and parking lot. How long would such a sized property normally take to service per week?

When is the best time to clean up the parking debris and how do you do it? What kind of machines?

treybernhardt
09-11-2009, 10:37 AM
I meant to say cleared $10K a month!
TRey


Did you mean $10,000?



We talk about commercial property maintenance and debris cleanup once in a while. Do you have any advice for others when they are trying to figure out how many man hours are involved in such work? I could see cleaning up parking debris, taking forever.

I think everyone can picture in their mind a walmart property and parking lot. How long would such a sized property normally take to service per week?

When is the best time to clean up the parking debris and how do you do it? What kind of machines?

treybernhardt
09-11-2009, 10:40 AM
I meant to say cleared $10K a month! Plus it has rained for 20 hours straight & the grass is growing!

Trey[/QUOTE]

Steve
09-11-2009, 11:01 AM
We talk about commercial property maintenance and debris cleanup once in a while. Do you have any advice for others when they are trying to figure out how many man hours are involved in such work? I could see cleaning up parking debris, taking forever.

treybernhardt
09-13-2009, 10:17 AM
Property Clean up. Construction site cleanup, & apartment cleanup & make ready, painting, sheetrock, etc. After I do a walk around on the property I am constantly fiquring man hours and keeping up with them on the notebook I carry. 10 acres clean up = 3-12 man hours per acre depending on the number of obstacles, say $22 per hour for 6 man hours required per acre x 10 acres= $1320 plus EXTRAS. If we have a ton of clean up & debris, dump trucks are cheaper when you use an excavator on bigger jobs with lots of debdris, you must also fiqure how many 40 yard dumpster loads must be hauled to BFI, price per dumpster hauled, dump fees, is mowing required (which is quite often),fiqure the mowing EXTRA, I charge equipment fees if I must rent special equipment as a excavator or front end loader. There are more physical labor type projects than mowing, yet mowing & yards care remains a large part of my services as I add services I can provide and do a good job. Monday I bid another Walmart Property 18 acres, praise the Lord!

Trey Bernhardt, Owner * BMW-Pro Services of San Antonio * 210-379-7569




We talk about commercial property maintenance and debris cleanup once in a while. Do you have any advice for others when they are trying to figure out how many man hours are involved in such work? I could see cleaning up parking debris, taking forever.

treybernhardt
09-13-2009, 10:31 AM
Steve, on bigger cleanup projects as the photo of the house fire, the City Inspector called after we bid the job wanting to know how quick we could finish. I gave my self 4 days to complete this. It took one days to obtain the required permits, and have equipment delivered to the jobsite. The next morning we started at 7 am & finished with the last load being hauled to BFI at 4:05 PM the next day. I had mistabulated the amount of hours by 24% but the mistake was in my favor. The City Inspector signed off on the job that same evening after I called him to come inspect my work. I picked up my check at the insurance company the next day for the balance of 50%, I had required a 50% deposit.

Steve
09-13-2009, 12:01 PM
That is really fascinating! It looks like a bomb went off in that photo! WOW what a clean up that was! How do you even begin to market for such services as cleanups after house fires? And who would you market that service too? Insurance companies? The town? Homeowners?

How does this kind of debris cleanup compare with keeping parking lots clean of garbage that gets tossed out of cars during the day?

I would think parking lots would take a lot less time.

treybernhardt
09-16-2009, 08:53 AM
Steve,
Well there are several companies around here that offer that service BUT they are just about limited to that service as they use street sweeping trucks & I've never really watched them but they would be out every night late as I used to see them when on ambulance calls. But I have never cleaned a parking lot. I have cleaned up piles of junk, debris, cleaned out garages, apartments where folks just up & left piles of crap, buildings where tennants moved out & left machines, trash, furniture, & loads of paperwork, etc. clients run from local property owners to Federal, state, & city agencies. I bid on the projects. Man one would never believe how many people will pay to have crap hauled off. I will pickup & deliver new applicance from any retailer, haul them to the home, unload & install them properly, then haul the off the old appliance for which I charge almost $100. I haul the old one to a guy that pays me $10 for any washer,dryer,stove, etc. I do charge a dump fee on all pickups. BFI charges me $11 for each appliance I haul there. A large load may cost up to $65 (pickup & trailer load). All this adds up. I use the Internet to market these services. DAD does what he calls INTERNET BLASTING where he puts up multiple sites for me. He is an Internet wizard and had marketed some very large clients. He charges me now $150 a month but that is much cheaper than YellowPages yet I pay them just over a $100 a month for listings only in 6 catagories of the phone book. Yellow PAges brought out this ad that they wanted me to pay $816 a month. I told that guy he was nuts. A listing is simply your name & phone. One must advertise to grow a business. Just look up Trey Bernhardt * San Antonio, Texas at GOOGLE, YAHOO, MSN search engines. You will see what I mean. I would rather we working doing something than not making money. I have good help, good leadmen, a great carpenter cabinet maker, a journey painter, a licensed electrician, that I can count on for different types of jobs. Yesterday I did 7 lawns myself, one is a new account, a TV Station that sits on 7 acres and is a 4 hour job with 3 workers x 3 times a month. But praise God, he gives me work & I go do it.
Trey

How do I get to the page where the certificate from the lawn care school is located. I know I have seen it but can't find it again.






That is really fascinating! It looks like a bomb went off in that photo! WOW what a clean up that was! How do you even begin to market for such services as cleanups after house fires? And who would you market that service too? Insurance companies? The town? Homeowners?

How does this kind of debris cleanup compare with keeping parking lots clean of garbage that gets tossed out of cars during the day?

I would think parking lots would take a lot less time.

Steve
09-16-2009, 12:21 PM
How do I get to the page where the certificate from the lawn care school is located. I know I have seen it but can't find it again.

<a href="http://www.gopherforum.com/index.php?pageid=GopherHaul-Lawn-Care-Business-School&graduate=f80c02211c6dc4baf3d42815f840ecb8"><img src="http://www.gopherforum.com/uploaded-files/images/school-logo-banner.gif"></a>

You would change the graduate code to your code. This is an example Steve uses on the forum.

It looks like this.

<a href="http://www.gopherforum.com/index.php?pageid=GopherHaul-Lawn-Care-Business-School&graduate=f80c02211c6dc4baf3d42815f840ecb8"><img src="http://www.gopherforum.com/uploaded-files/images/school-logo-banner.gif"></a>

treybernhardt
10-05-2009, 10:41 AM
Just contracted for two additional Walmart properties. Mowing & property cleanup & haul off. One property is 8 acres & the other is 11 acres. I contracted a guy with a bush hog to mow both lots but I personally do the property around the stores. One property has a back street & folks use their backside as a dump site & according to the store manager this has gone on for several years. I pick up at least one load of crap there each weeks that folks have dumped! KEEP IT UP FOLKS.........I get paid by the load! Trey

Steve
10-06-2009, 02:49 PM
That is great news! How did you line up these additional Wal-Mart stores? Did they hear of you from other managers or did you approach them?

treybernhardt
10-10-2009, 03:29 PM
That is great news! How did you line up these additional Wal-Mart stores? Did they hear of you from other managers or did you approach them?

I been doing that other store for over 6 months & they called me to go submit a bid. Which I did. In one instance the city was fining them daily for not keeping their property mowed, etc. Referrals from one store to the other!
when I get about 25 or 30 stores I will be a rocking! Trey.

Steve
10-10-2009, 07:51 PM
Take some more before and after pictures! I'd love to see how they look.

ACTIONRECOVERY
07-29-2010, 03:13 PM
Hi Trey,

This is Matt, Im with Action Field Services. We have been doing the work at the Camden Walmart location. We have been trying to contact you in refrence to payment, but we get no answer, or return phone calls. CAN YOU PLEASE CALL ME BACK!!

Thanks,

Matt