Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Community Assistance

Community Assistance Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.

Level One Maintenance


Community Assistance

Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 11-26-2010, 12:57 PM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 912
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default Level One Maintenance

Earlier this week I received a call from a national representative from Level One Maintenance Company. They service Mobil and Exxon gas stations among other companies. They asked me about snow plowing etc. Has anyone had any contact with this company and if so, what were your experience with them?

Thanks.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 11-26-2010, 05:36 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by jymie View Post
Earlier this week I received a call from a national representative from Level One Maintenance Company. They service Mobil and Exxon gas stations among other companies. They asked me about snow plowing etc. Has anyone had any contact with this company and if so, what were your experience with them?

Thanks.
Just did a google as I know there are here in Canada also. If you google and go to some of the snow plow forums, you will see they pay in 45 days, and some posters said if at all....just be careful
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-27-2010, 10:59 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,982
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Oh boy, when the first thing that pops up in google is a lawsuit look out.

Level 1 Maintenance, Inc Complaints - Dont Pay & Sueing them and Looking at a Class Action Lawsuit

http://www.complaintsboard.com/compl...c-c202531.html

There is quite a bit to read there. I'd suggest reading it all before you start working with them.

Let us know what you finally decide to do.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-27-2010, 12:02 PM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 912
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for that link Steve. It is enough for me to not want to work with them. They seem to screw everyone over until they are threatened with a law suit or get a letter from a lawyer.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-28-2010, 11:14 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,982
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I am glad to help. Sometimes like you said, it's just not worth the hassle. It seems like these larger property management firms that don't perform the work, but instead, sub-contract it out, have a hard time with let go of the money they are billing out.

We have seen other companies in the past have serious issues as well. I don't know if they aren't getting paid on time, or if they are getting paid but then want to stall payment to the sub-contractor. Either way though, why bother with customers who drag out payment when you can get local customers who would be more than willing to pay you on time, sometimes even ahead of time!

What's your view on that?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-29-2010, 02:57 AM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 912
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default

When I first began this business a couple of years ago, I was looking for any and everyone that would give me work. I got business from both residential and one local commercial account. In mid season I recieved a call from a property owner who lived in New York City. He found my ad on craigslist. He said he had almost 40 properties in the Buffalo NY area that he needed to have someone service. At the time he was contracted to an outfit that serviced 36 of the properties for him, and he needed someone to do these 4 for him. So even though they were in a questionable area, I took them on, service was to be once a month. We did them the first month, I invoiced them, thirty days later got paid for the work. Great, looks legit, did the service the next month, also did a cleanup at a new property they had, the grass was three foot tall, threw out tons of garbage to the street for pickup, invoiced them for the work, never got paid so we stopped them. They owe me $110 dollars for that second month. The lesson I learned here was make sure to have a signed agreement before doing any dealings with any company. I sent them a contract to sign prior to starting the service but never got it back. I gave up on ever seeing that money.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-29-2010, 11:08 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,982
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

How important is it also to be able to meet someone in person over such business dealings and talk to someone that has a physical presence in your area? Or does that not much matter?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-29-2010, 05:20 PM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 912
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default

Meeting face to face is always better. That way you can attach a face to a person if you need to talk with them. They can sign a contract alot easier also.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-02-2010, 09:04 AM
MAKLawnCutter MAKLawnCutter is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central FL
Age: 30
Posts: 249
Rep Power: 5
MAKLawnCutter is on a distinguished road
Default

"Delayed Billing" - as i put into my new Empirian Property Managment Contracts for their apartment complexs i have just picked up. I was warned that the first payment will not be received for 90days due the fact they are at less than 50% occupancy in their complexs nation wide.

I put a clause in that if i do not receive a payment by day "97" i can put all maintenance on hold till payment is received and clears my bank. I do not apply a late fee but, i save myself the hassle of fighting with office managment and they know if i am not on property for a few days/weeks it is because i am waiting for payment and reimbursement on my service already provided.

Matt
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-02-2010, 05:44 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,982
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

When you work with such companies, is it worthwhile to change the billing frequency? Is it possible you could bill weekly instead of monthly, to cut down on the time you have to wait for payment?

Also, when a commercial customer wants to wait 3 months to pay, do you feel that detracts from their value? Do monthly residential customers become more appealing?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rejection taken to a whole new level Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 2 09-05-2007 06:04 PM
First Maintenance Day tiedeman Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 1 04-09-2007 04:17 PM
New Laws Effecting Multi Level Marketing Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 3 11-13-2006 10:21 PM
What % of your energy level? Steve General Business Discussions 4 05-24-2006 06:36 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
stubbon people
Bradcook21
02-16-2015 04:25 PM
Today 04:40 PM
by jrs.landscaping
37 1,189
rock salt
Bradcook21
02-24-2015 11:17 AM
Today 04:30 PM
by jrs.landscaping
21 432
My Newborn son
avetslawncare
Today 01:07 PM
Today 02:18 PM
by Steve
2 41
price for snow clearing?
Bradcook21
02-25-2015 09:11 PM
Today 02:10 PM
by Steve
4 153
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
Today 11:37 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
52 11,763
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 01:31 PM
Yesterday 03:43 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 1,707
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
Yesterday 02:54 PM
by Steve
5 500
Ugliest lawn contest
Steve
02-23-2015 04:17 PM
Yesterday 02:51 PM
by Steve
2 267
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
Yesterday 01:06 AM
Yesterday 02:41 PM
by Steve
1 99
Another website update
Chilehead
Yesterday 11:24 AM
Yesterday 12:46 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 98
tips on creating a...
BLAZIER-1991
01-08-2015 07:22 PM
Yesterday 02:44 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 702
New Lawn Care Service...
rlclawncare123
Yesterday 12:49 AM
Yesterday 02:24 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
1 102
Finally!
SGL1
02-22-2015 09:46 PM
02-25-2015 10:15 PM
by SGL1
13 441
leaf removal.. mulching...
facework84
08-05-2011 03:26 PM
02-25-2015 08:07 PM
by Steve
5 2,783
How many customers?
SC93
02-25-2015 12:40 AM
02-25-2015 04:59 PM
by SC93
5 222
Irrigation...
charlieallen
02-24-2015 01:16 PM
02-25-2015 02:58 PM
by Steve
6 218
use a small business...
BLAZIER-1991
12-25-2014 12:21 AM
02-25-2015 12:46 AM
by SC93
33 2,787
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 01:41 AM
02-24-2015 08:32 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 475
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 02:30 AM
02-24-2015 07:12 PM
by homey
10 640
2nd year advice anyone
Bradcook21
02-18-2015 07:00 PM
02-24-2015 05:15 PM
by Bradcook21
14 617
need help
lawnexpers115
02-23-2015 05:36 PM
02-24-2015 02:49 PM
by Steve
3 261
Hello People
nativikee
02-23-2015 07:17 PM
02-24-2015 02:43 PM
by Steve
4 262
New member
qua ke zik 001
02-23-2015 11:24 AM
02-23-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 221
New Video
Sprinkler Buddy
02-22-2015 09:18 PM
02-23-2015 03:19 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 244
need help with SCAG...
apmAkron
02-23-2015 09:14 AM
02-23-2015 01:57 PM
by apmAkron
3 247
which degrees would be...
BLAZIER-1991
02-20-2015 04:46 PM
02-23-2015 01:47 PM
by Steve
9 408
Trouble logging in
avetslawncare
02-21-2015 02:06 PM
02-23-2015 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 460
John Deere Quik Track...
acrajchel
02-20-2015 03:12 PM
02-23-2015 01:40 PM
by Steve
1 276
Trimming and...
joshlawncare
02-15-2015 02:04 PM
02-22-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
5 609
where can i post this
zippy-phil
02-17-2015 07:58 PM
02-20-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
7 493
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
02-19-2015 04:43 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
29 2,633
Thumbs up or down?
lawnman1959
02-18-2015 11:40 AM
02-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Chilehead
3 406
Am I growing too fast?
Mattcrump
08-04-2011 11:54 PM
02-19-2015 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 5,200
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
02-19-2015 12:31 PM
by Steve
1,215 371,579
How to obtain more...
winkie61
02-17-2015 08:31 AM
02-19-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
3 512
Mowing 2 acres
Bradcook21
01-05-2015 03:13 PM
02-19-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
16 1,456
How to sell annual...
GroPro
02-17-2015 12:31 PM
02-18-2015 01:46 PM
by GroPro
5 500
FREE Custom Website...
breadcrumb
01-31-2015 10:58 PM
02-18-2015 01:32 PM
by Steve
5 1,096
Taking a step back
Billy Goat
02-16-2015 07:37 AM
02-18-2015 01:17 PM
by Chilehead
9 583
Employees
stevej
02-17-2015 05:25 PM
02-18-2015 12:47 PM
by Mr. Mow
1 399
Landscapers from hell!!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 03:55 PM
02-17-2015 07:48 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,002
Cannot access your Itune...
winkie61
02-17-2015 10:00 AM
02-17-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
1 351
Advertising on internet...
Sprinkler Buddy
02-13-2015 01:22 PM
02-17-2015 01:00 PM
by Steve
9 661
new to this forum
NIP'N'TUK
02-14-2015 07:54 PM
02-16-2015 10:03 PM
by Steve
2 481
Advice on bidding 20...
sleepydunn
02-15-2015 07:38 PM
02-16-2015 09:59 PM
by Steve
4 596
New to me mower
xandrew245x
04-27-2014 08:02 PM
02-16-2015 09:48 PM
by Steve
8 1,388
mower blades
tlf59263
02-09-2015 12:36 PM
02-16-2015 05:16 PM
by Just for Cuts
8 811
Just Quit?
ringahding1
01-30-2015 06:23 AM
02-16-2015 02:16 PM
by joshlawncare
18 1,494
Advice on Bidding...
veteranlawnservice
02-08-2015 09:21 PM
02-16-2015 12:14 PM
by joshlawncare
18 1,204
Extending the life of...
rmccutchan
01-17-2015 12:37 AM
02-16-2015 09:51 AM
by rmccutchan
20 1,568
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter blowout bush commercial contract help deliquentaccounts demonstration design ditches door hangers employee problems estimate facebook foreman four wheel drive google gopherhaul gravely growing a lawn care business how to hydraulic jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets mulch new mower patio install per hour service podcast scag v-ride search engine optimization secrets to landscaping seo shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro up sell employee web design website wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:31 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:31 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy