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Old 02-04-2009, 09:26 PM
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Hey everyone. Its been a few weeks since I have been on here, my computer has been down and we have had 70 degree weather for the last month, so I have been swamped with work.

I have been doing work for a couple Property Man. Co's. for a couple years. One of them manages 1500 properties and they cover me with work. I average $1500 to $2000 per month from them (some months it's what keeps me afloat).

One thing I have found is that you dont have to bring it to their attention that one of their properties is in bad shape, if they are competent at all, they are already aware. But what happens is that they get so busy that they dont have time to call a vendor and get the work set up, then call the owners to get approval, etc.

So I always just save them a step and mention that "I could get it cleaned up for you today, or tomorrow...Just get the approval and I will get it done."

There's usually no need to take pictures or tell them that it looks bad...they already know.

Also while I am working on properties for them, I will keep my eye out for anything else that could be done. For instance I was doing a yard clean-up for a turnover and noticed a downed Oak tree on the back property. I called the maintenance Manager and told him I could remove it for $100. He said sure go ahead. I took me about 2 hours and I had it all cut up and got 1/2 cord out of it. Put the wood on craigslist and had it sold the next day for $150.

Sometimes I notice dangerous limbs hanging, etc. Anything that could be a liability is an easy job to get.
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So I always just save them a step and mention that "I could get it cleaned up for you today, or tomorrow...Just get the approval and I will get it done."
Hi Brandon,

This assumes you already have a working relationship with the property manager right?

What do you advise if you don't have a working relationship with them and you want one?
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Hi Steve. Not necessarily only if you are already established with them. The way I got in with them was by driving by one of their properties and noticing it in bad shape. I called their number and asked for the maintenance manager. I talked to her and said "I was driving by your property at ....and I can get it whipped into shape for you today for $xx". She said bring me your lic. and ins. and get started. That was it.
It has been a great business relationship ever since.
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Hi Steve. Not necessarily only if you are already established with them. The way I got in with them was by driving by one of their properties and noticing it in bad shape. I called their number and asked for the maintenance manager. I talked to her and said "I was driving by your property at ....and I can get it whipped into shape for you today for $xx". She said bring me your lic. and ins. and get started. That was it.
It has been a great business relationship ever since.
Interesting discussion this one with lots of view points
My view is similiar to this
When I look at a property needing cleaning up for agents / property managers I always check if its being sold or rented
Over here they dont have property maintaince managers
On needs to be careful about pricing ( I did some research on property managers/ real estate web sites and discovered looking at their management contracts / sales agreements some only have a fixed percentage to play with dollar wise over that the need the owners approval) I keep copies of these on my records that way when pricing a job I know I can go to $XXX before it needs to be passed on upwards to owner
I also ask if they want the Basic or Gold service
This varies between a Weed Eat and Cut or a Full Cleanup
I also keep my eyes open for recyclables(Scrap Metal) or stuff that can be on sold via our TRADEME site or just given away to the local op shop
I have been known on some big jobs to be disposing of these items while work is in progress
Maybe Im an oppurtunist because while I make extra $s from these I dont pass these savings to the client unless they are as shrewed as I am in those cases we may haggle on price or I just tell them the lot will go to the dump
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