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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-26-2018, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all. Just thought I’d say hi. I am just working on getting started in the business of property preservation and was wondering if this is a good time for it. Been doing a fair amount of research n trying to see who to ask or who to do work for n not do work for. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Good or bad. Been poking around on the site a little n have found a lot of great stuff here.
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Hey all. Just thought I’d say hi. I am just working on getting started in the business of property preservation and was wondering if this is a good time for it. Been doing a fair amount of research n trying to see who to ask or who to do work for n not do work for. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Good or bad. Been poking around on the site a little n have found a lot of great stuff here.
Good time to get into property preservation? Who should you work for? Well....

I think you missed the 'good time to get into this' window by about 11 years. Knowing what I now know, if I were starting out tomorrow, I would look around for a local P&P contractor and become their best friend. Maybe even do a little work with them for free. The experience you'll gain from them, even if they don't talk much, could potentially save you countless thousands of dollars in dealing with the tactics of any of the service companies left in this industry - All of them are looking out for their own survival and apparently will do anything to insure it. New, inexperienced vendors are their favorite.

Tons of 1st hand experience buried in this forum too. Good luck and keep reading.

I’ve already told you more than I know.
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Ya I have seen a couple companies around me that day “training available”. Really don’t want to just be someone’s grunt though. Does it really pay off to contact my local banks n real estate agents directly? I get mixed answers looking around n asking locally. Thanks again for any input.
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Ya I have seen a couple companies around me that day “training available”. Really don’t want to just be someone’s grunt though. Does it really pay off to contact my local banks n real estate agents directly? I get mixed answers looking around n asking locally. Thanks again for any input.
I think you're missing the point. It's not about being someones grunt. It's the opportunity to learn first hand how to play the game, and make no mistake, this is a game. The difference between this and one of those 'fun' games is, in this game the loser loses everything they own, and goes bankrupt. Sometimes even if you think you didn't lose, you eventually find out you lost.

Many a new vendor in this industry thought that if they do quality, on-time work they'll never see a cut payment, non-payment, at cost WO or back charge. I've seen that exact phrase posted here many times over the years. Do you have the same philosophy and work ethic as those many that came before you?. . .Because almost every one of them are no longer here. Absolutely nothing will help you more in getting started in this industry than first hand experience.

Game on. . .

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Meant no disrespect On your advise. I guess I just thought it might be hard to get someone to teach you how to do their job in fear of you trying to take it from them. I get exactly what you’re saying about first hand experience and I’m all about learning how to do something new from the pros.
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