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I know there are a few people here from Florida, but this can apply to all. Anyone know of a website where local HOA's have a listing of when they are going to be hiring or looking to hire a new company for lawn and property maintenance? I know most of them require bids, but wasn't sure if this was public knowledge?
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I would think each of them probably does their own thing. Sure there might be a clearing house site that helps them get bids, but I don't know of one.

You can probably do a little research and find the different hoa's in your area. then find the contact person and see when they are putting their property up for bid.
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I know there are a few people here from Florida, but this can apply to all. Anyone know of a website where local HOA's have a listing of when they are going to be hiring or looking to hire a new company for lawn and property maintenance? I know most of them require bids, but wasn't sure if this was public knowledge?
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I know there are a few people here from Florida.
Sounds like we have a fellow CRACKER!

Dude just ask the guard at the gate who to speak with he will get you the info.

I have a large HOA and its a biaaatch. Equipment Manpower Gas $$$ BIG $$$$
Ain't no joke.

Well.... put on your big boy britches and get to work!

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Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Keep in mind, even if you get it, it will quickly be up again when the contract is up. No guarantees, if you'll get it the following bid.
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Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Keep in mind, even if you get it, it will quickly be up again when the contract is up. No guarantees, if you'll get it the following bid.
Yea, very true. I guess it's almost like any account though. You never know when they are going to let you go and move on to the next guy.. But I will talk to the gate guards and look on the web and just see what I can find.
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the only way to get a inside track on commercial accounts these days is to join the organizations they belong to and attend the monthly meetings religiously and get to know these people first and then they will start to work with you.

keep in mind that it can take several months for some of these relationships to materialize and membership to these groups can cost a couple thousand dollars a year.
bidding commercial work is not putting your eggs into one basket and the key is not to rest on your laurels and stop hunting for work as well as if you do a great job that will weigh heavily on their decision making because anyone can talk the talk but it all boils down to these people if you can walk the walk.

some organizations you can look into are listed below and you can go to each respective web site and explore membership costs because they vary greatly from state to state.
but once again they are only as good as your persistence to go to these meetings regularly and build relationships.

some organizations are,

BOMA: building owners managers association

IFMA: international facility managers association ( banks and hospitals )

CAI: community association institute ( HOA's )

ICSC: international council shopping centers

NAIOP: national association industrial office properties

NAA: national apartment association


i am a member of all these groups and it cost me about 7,000 a year to be part of it and the meetings do take up a lot of time but i also gross over a half a million a year and all i do is work for these groups and 7 grand is a drop in the bucket for what they bring in.
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the only way to get a inside track on commercial accounts these days is to join the organizations they belong to and attend the monthly meetings religiously and get to know these people first and then they will start to work with you.

keep in mind that it can take several months for some of these relationships to materialize and membership to these groups can cost a couple thousand dollars a year.
bidding commercial work is not putting your eggs into one basket and the key is not to rest on your laurels and stop hunting for work as well as if you do a great job that will weigh heavily on their decision making because anyone can talk the talk but it all boils down to these people if you can walk the walk.

some organizations you can look into are listed below and you can go to each respective web site and explore membership costs because they vary greatly from state to state.
but once again they are only as good as your persistence to go to these meetings regularly and build relationships.

some organizations are,

BOMA: building owners managers association

IFMA: international facility managers association ( banks and hospitals )

CAI: community association institute ( HOA's )

ICSC: international council shopping centers

NAIOP: national association industrial office properties

NAA: national apartment association


i am a member of all these groups and it cost me about 7,000 a year to be part of it and the meetings do take up a lot of time but i also gross over a half a million a year and all i do is work for these groups and 7 grand is a drop in the bucket for what they bring in.
Awesome! This was exactly what Information I was looking for! Thanks
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i am a member of all these groups and it cost me about 7,000 a year to be part of it and the meetings do take up a lot of time
For the start up lawn care business interested in joining such organizations, how can they utilize them and benefit from them? Would they get a list of other members so they could market to the members in their area? Or what's your suggestions on how to best utilize being a member of such groups?
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