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Old 10-12-2011, 05:39 PM
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WOW! I guess we have been lucky here in MI with our preservation work after hearing all your horror stories. We are in direct contact with either the bank that owns the property or a larger company that then hires us as subcontractors. I have never had an issue with being out bidded by any one due to the fact that when they give us the property it is basically ours until it sells. We perform the lawn maintenence, debris removal (int and ext) snow removal cleaning and anything else the house needs to be in the best condition to sell. We have removed several trees after large snow or wind storms, replace entire roofs and many other things. We average about 12-18k per month with just basically me and my wife with some occasional help when we get big jobs. From what I understand E & O insurance is basically an extension of gen lib ins that covers things like misrepresentation, negligence and errors and omissions in paperwork compared to the actual work completed. All in all I am very pleased with the preservation field and sadly I think it will keep us very busy for many years to come. As far as being drunks and such, I agree there are many bad companies doing this that are not only drunk at work but also rob properties and many other things. I had to do an inspection on a very large nice home (prob in the 2-3 million range) and had to winterize it a week later but couldn't because as i found out later the guy who mowed it went inside and took out every bit of copper plumbing. It give all of us who are professional a bad rep but it also gave me a very large plumbing repair at the lawn contractors expense. I have my companies name on all our vehicles and trailers as well as shirts made up with my company name and info as well as "PRESERVATION CONTRACTOR" on the upper back of it as well.
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