Not me. But it seems like it’s starting to be Tommy’s @gotlift niche. It’s a great niche to be in especially since you don’t have to schedule houses. Commercial/storefront can be done on your schedule, not the customers.
100% commercial, the only time I do residential is if it’s a million dollar home or one of my clients would like their home done, usully give them a discount they love it. it’s repetitive business unlike most residential.
I’m commercial primarily. But I do houses if they come up as I can schedule them. Commercial pays less in the immediate, but it’s consistency makes it worth it. In January when everyone is going stir crazy, I’ll be making the same money I made in the summer.
Commercial - you only sell the job once, then reap the rewards sometimes for years to come.
And my residential success rate is usually around 90%.
Finally, residential money for me is savings account money. I can’t count on it coming in, so I don’t let it effect my budget. So it becomes my vacation and toy money (getting a motorcycle next week, going to Ireland in September).
Seriously tho. If I could find good, local, help I would probably keep them and try to get more. Being out in the country it’s hard to find solid help. If I were in a city it may be easier. At least for now, I’ve resigned to operating solo. I’m keeping my options open tho.
But for me commercial is where it’s at. Love my easy office stuff.
This year I’ve started to weed out and even turn down an increasing amount of residential. Probably a few years ago I would have considered more getting rid of storefront than residential. I find the money generally is quite a bit better with residential, but there are more potential hassles as well. I guess I’m just finding it extremely tiresome to manage both branches and balance them out with the lack of help I have now.
I don’t think I would drop them entirely. The money is good, and it usually seems to come at the right time. But make the commercial the priority. Even in the scheduling - businesses first and fit the houses in as they come.
We only do large commercial, no route, no residential. We used to, but dropped out of residential market about 10 years ago. As mentioned earlier, we’ll do a house if it’s connected to a commercial account (boss’s place, etc).
Passed along all my residential clients 6 years ago. I still get resi requests several times a week but I pass them on to newer companies and young kids just starting out. I found resi has a real profit ceiling in our area. $$/hr just wasn’t making me happy like commercial/condo work.
Storefront routes I passed on 4 years ago. Paid well, fun challenge, super easy to grow. Maybe again some day. Loved doing storefronts but wanted to work less and earn more.
I’m 99% commercial and condo building. It just pays too much to ignore.
Now when your doing “Condos” I assume the entire community exterior. How do you work the interior? Do you have a set price since they are similar and your guys give a quote and scedule all of them on a separate determined day? Or do you just turn it all down?
I’ll only skip by weeklies for rain or bad weather. Otherwise I absolutely try not to skip any service dates. Rather, I schedule as such to have one week route then one week either houses or commercial buildings.
By scheduling my regulars one week and bi annuals the next I potentially have time in the mix for days off here and there if that’s what I choose to do. Really it’s all about scheduling for me.