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Old 10-28-2010, 01:21 PM   #1
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Winter is comming and my work has slowed down alot. I was wanting to get back into apartments during the winter because they're quick, easy, and paint all year. Don't try and convince me not to do them. I was hoping I could get some help on coming up with a sales pitch over the phone. I need somthing that will convince them to switch from they're painter or "in house painter" which usually is a manager. Any help is appreciated... thanks.
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:57 PM   #2
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Not many people "moving out" in the winter time. Think about it? I did this for a long time and calling on the phone does work so if you want to do them give it a try, there is always people leaving these jobs because it's immposible to keep the managers happy or the owners because you never meet them and it's there money. The managers only care about keeping there job.

But: if you do call, call over 100 sites, and call them specifically to talk to the managers. Sometimes they'll direct you to the management company and follow up on that. After you call those, call Property management companys and do some very small job for very little money(as they will test you) then your in as long as your there little Bi#ch.

Just call and say "do you need a painter right now" if they don't hang up, say "I can come out and would be willing to negotiate a price with you" "I could do one for free so you can see my work"

Do that over 100 times and be pushy, you may have to do a few for free and get no where, but you will eventually land some work.

Do this over 100 times and re-post here to let me know how it goes.

Don't give up calling after you called the 5th time and they want you to come do work, Call over 100 times so you might find that needle in the stack that is actually decent to work for or atleast you have options.

I also sugguest using this method and calling people you know to "catch up" and "network" tell them your a painter and see what happens, bring up painting to strangers at the store(just an example), this would be better to do first rather than waist your time with apartments, or do both and you will find work( probably not good work) but work.

I'm doing gutter cleaning for "work" and to also get leads in the winter, so be creative and just get out there and do work, little jobs or big just make sure you do a great job and ask for refferals.
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just tell em you'll be cheaper than the resident manager who does it for $9.00/hr. That might land you some jobs
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have you considered contacting real estate agencies? most of them also do property management, this is where i have had success when i used to do this type of work, and plus once you build a relationship, a good Realtor can feed you alot of work.
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This may sound crazy, but just a thought!
Are you RRP Certified? Are there lots of pre 78 units in your area? That might be an "in" for you, they legally have to hire someone certified. If they have been having the handyman do it and he is not certified, may be an option??
The chances of lead in 70-78 apts is less than older homes, and if you are just repainting without disturbing paint it would be pretty easy.
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Be persistant and don't give up after 30 or more tries.
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Have you considered hanging Christmas lights? You have the ladders and they pay about $1 a linear foot. It doesn't take long to throw up 300ft of Christmas lights... a small newspaper add or flier... Just a thought.
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This may sound crazy, but just a thought!
Are you RRP Certified? Are there lots of pre 78 units in your area? That might be an "in" for you, they legally have to hire someone certified. If they have been having the handyman do it and he is not certified, may be an option??
The chances of lead in 70-78 apts is less than older homes, and if you are just repainting without disturbing paint it would be pretty easy.
RRP? wha? Im in Canada dont know what that is...
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RRP? wha? Im in Canada dont know what that is...
Sorry! Put your location in your profile!

In the states, to work on pre 78 homes, you have to certified!
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