I'm new to the forum, relatively new (under a year) for PPS and have been getting calls from some of the regionals and nationals. I have always done work for local Realtors, Municipalities, Agents, and homeowners up to this point.
One thing I don't really get is when you get an order for a cleaning, or an inspection or whatever it may be, and the service is a couple of hours away- how do you not lose money? I read that you will bid on items, but you're still driving initially 250+ miles to do a cheap cleaning. You're already underwater there- even if you bid on items, you still have to go back, another 250+ miles to do the order, as approved. So if you get a $50 bid approval for stuff you found when you were cleaning something for $35, how do you reconcile that as worthwhile? It's not even a cashflow thing, since you're paying more for gas than you're making to go there.
I only ask because usually when we work for a customer, we are able to say "we found some bare wires that we capped for you, here are some pictures, it was obviously a safety concern and it is a $20 job." In essence, you are working in advance to remedy issues that are safety concerns while you are there, 250+ miles away. When I talked to one of the regionals, they would not allow that, you need to submit a bid. Do you then have to drive back 250+ miles to do a $20 wire capping? Does that really happen?!
I'm just trying to figure out if this is even worth pursuing with regionals or nationals. Is it a volume thing? What if you want to remain somewhat small, and only serve a sparsely populated region like Northern MI? I have new appreciation for my local customers...