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What we have found that works is work closely with an irrigation company. We don't do installs, but the guy we work with is so busy he doesn't mind that we service systems. He understands that I will send him large jobs and I will take the small stuff on my lawns. Just being able to by a trencher is expensive and you need the work lined up and the knowledge will all take time. So contract out and it keeps your customers happy.
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What we have found that works is work closely with an irrigation company. We don't do installs, but the guy we work with is so busy he doesn't mind that we service systems.
What's your thoughts on the best way to reach out to potential business owners to see if they are willing to work with you like this? Also, should you work with more than one of them or is one good?
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It helps that we have known the guy for a long time, but I would ask customers who they use. Then I would just watch what irrigation companies were constantly at the same houses. I feel that if an irrigation company comes and fixes a system they shouldn't be coming back week after week. This guy had a good reputation and he is small enough to want more work, but not so big that he is trying to steal work. I don't know if that makes since, but that is how we chose him. I put my business on the line at times with his name and I need to know that he is going to do quality work and I am not going to have to apologize to the customer for somebody else.
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Does anyone know any good irrigation books out there, I would like to add this service to my business in a couple years. I would moonlight with someone, but how would you do this being potential "competition"?
Irragation isn't something you can learn from a book IMO. If there was a book that would be helpful I would start with Rainbirds product manual. Then when you are faced with a situation you can think back about what you found there and find the right fit. Im a self taught Irragaiton nazi that's been hard at it for over 15 years. Best advise I can give you is don't buy your parts from home depot/lowes or the like. The stuff they sell is cheap garbage. Find yourself a sprinkler house or plumbing supply place you won't be sorry. Last bit of info is never .....I repeat never cut cornors on sprinkler repair or install. Flooding someones basement or killing $1000's of dollars worth of sod ISNT WORTH THE SMALL AMMOUT OF TIME/MONEY you might save.
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In what ways could this happen? How have you seen some newer business owners cut corners and cause such problems?
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