Hey guys, I've been doing landscaping for a while now. I eventually started doing just grass cuts for Safeguard but they want me to move into the full PP portion of it. I have done a lot of reading. I know about all the pictures, sending them in, most guidelines, etc. I do have some questions though.
I'm sure many of these answers can be answered by some threads but hopefully we can get these all in one thread.
How are winterizations done?
Do I just pour Anti-freeze that I've bought into the pipes?
I've read about using an air compressor to blow air through the pipes as well.
Lock Changes & Board-ups.
I was offered from one of the companies a Home Depot credit card to use but obviously this isn't the case for the bigger companies. Are all of these always bought on your expense and do you profit off of them? Obviously you profit on the service, but on the supplies as well?
What did you wish you knew when you started?
What do you think I should know, what do you wish you knew when you began. What did you have to figure out yourself?
How do you handle places with no house numbers or street signs?
Thanks in advanced!
Do yourself a favor and DO NOT do any wints! The chargebacks and plumbing damges that you will, and I repeat WILL be held liable for isn't worth it. You need to learn how to do them correctly. There is much more to it than "pour Anti-freeze that you bought into the pipes"
As far as locks go, don't waste your time at Home Depot, Menards. Lowes or your local hardware store. It takes too long to get them rekeyed to the correct keycode. I only stop there for really oddball key codes I don't stock. Yes they are bought at your expense and you don't "profit" from them. You will be given a set price and after subtracting the labor, material, overhead and PITA, then you get your profit. Some lock changes are loosers as you will drive 70 miles one way to find that the house is still occupied
. Buy your locks online. There are threads in the forum with links to online lock companies.
What do I wish I knew when I started? I wish I knew how to avoid the P&P work and get directly to the repairs, hazard abatement, etc. As a licensed contractor, I'd rather replace roofs, repair vandalism, etc. It is far more profitable than mowing grass for Safeguard, or any regional, for that matter. Also, when I started, I wish I knew what I should have been making. HUD rates minus 20% can be a profitable grass cut. An MH landscaping $15 recut is not profitable, I don't care what anyone says.
By the way, I would avoid safeguard. I quit working for them over year ago. A regional I worked for, BACFS work, just started sending me SG stuff and I asked to be deactivated. SG is riduculous on their expectations for what they want to pay.......