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offering exterior maintenace b4 winter??

Since I do mainly exterior construction Ive been thinking of offering some sort of exterior maintenance package before winter to prepare peoples homes for the winter. I think this will provide more income before winter and maybe book a few roofs, windows, etc. before fall. My idea is to have a base price that includes roof inspection, gutter cleaning and sealing, up to 5 tubes of caulk around windows and siding as needed (more than 5 will be $x per tube, and any other ideas you guys can give me. While I'm there, there will be an additional charge for roof repairs or any other task that needs to be done with their approval of course.

So I'm curios as to what you guys think of this. What else would you guys add to the base package? Or any other do's and don'ts to this idea. Last how much would you charge? :shifty: just kidding on the last :laughing:
 

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Insulating pipes(should be done all ready I would think but if not) and or the electrical strips(if ya'll still use those on pipes)

How about people who have cheaper windows and that plastic shiz you shrink with a heat gun/blow dryer.

I think it's a good idea to get your foot in the door and generate leads as well as provide a service.:thumbsup:
 

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I think it's a great idea. Anything to get your foot in the door with a potential customer. I started my business by doing small stuff for people and ended up with "I wonder if he does this too?" or "Would you also take a look at this while you're here?" Next thing you know, you're remodeling their kitchen.
 

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Matt, I have gotten jobs just from cleaning the gutters. I tell the client that I will clean out the gutters for $ and I always do a visual inspection for anything that could be a problem. I did that for one client and ended up replacing the gutters and most of the boxing across the front of the house. I also found nail pops on the roof, animal damage, and a few other things. I take pictures for proof and also for the record. I also take pictures afterwards.

Most of the people I deal with are not really interested in something like this. I think it is a great idea and people should take advantage of it. You change your oil in the car, don't you? Changing the filter, changing the batteries in smoke detector, cleaning gutters, pressure washing, misc paint touch up, etc are some of the things that I have mentioned once I am talking with someone. I have one client that I do that for several times a year and I have another client where I am working on a contract to clean the gutters and check the roofs on the buildings. A college that has 12 buildings.:clap:

I do a monthly newsletter. It keeps my name in front of people. I have gotten some work from it. It takes me about 3 hours a month and I write about different things. A couple of months ago I did a newsletter on the type of work that I do. Another one showed some samples of the work that I have done. November is going to be covering insulation. With winter coming on, everyone should pay attention to it. I send it out by email to over 130 people and I have only had one to ask to be removed. I have never done any work for him, he was just part of a association that I manage. I get good comments all the time.
 

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Draw up a contract/presentation that describes EXACTLY what the scope of the inspection/work is. If you identify something outside of those parameters, draw up a seperate contract or change order, price it, GET IT SIGNED, and off you go.
 
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