First impressions site survey - pest control

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  1. keentolearn

    keentolearn UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Entering into the world of pest control with birds of prey in the next few weeks and have been contacted about calling down to a site for a chat and a look around. Now the problem is that its a rather large company and would be great to get involved with. I dont have a van yet, but I am getting one within the next week, just chasing it up. Would you recommend I show up with a car (estate) and have all the gear in the back to look like im working, or have the car nice and clean to look like im just there for an inspection. I will be using birds of prey for the pest control, and they people dont know how other similar businesses would arrive, so Im unsure what to do. Any help much appreciated.

    Thanks
     
    Posted: Jun 5, 2012 By: keentolearn Member since: Feb 9, 2012
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  2. Vending Siting Services

    Vending Siting Services UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    Just turn up in your estate car for the site inspection - I would ensure the vehicle is clean as it gives a good impression. They won't know that you should have a van.

    Barbara
     
    Posted: Jun 5, 2012 By: Vending Siting Services Member since: Jan 26, 2007
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  3. Pest Management Facilitie

    Pest Management Facilitie UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    To be honest it should not matter - do you have any pest control equipment anyway? The primary point is to install confidence in your potential customer. Lots of people use unmarked cars and sales people generally dont have any kit anyway.
    Good luck with the survey - what pests are you going to control with the bird?
     
    Posted: Jun 6, 2012 By: Pest Management Facilitie Member since: Jun 6, 2012
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  4. MyAccountantOnline

    MyAccountantOnline UKBF Legend Full Member

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    I agree just make sure the car is clean and tidy.

    Good luck:)
     
    Posted: Jun 6, 2012 By: MyAccountantOnline Member since: Sep 24, 2008
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  5. CherylDavis

    CherylDavis UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    A clean car, a shiny impressive brochure and a suit!
     
    Posted: Jun 6, 2012 By: CherylDavis Member since: May 18, 2012
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  6. keentolearn

    keentolearn UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Thanks for the replies guys

    Ill have a few birds in the car with all the stuff to go with them encase he wants too see them fly. will be used for pigeons and gulls.

    K
     
    Posted: Jun 6, 2012 By: keentolearn Member since: Feb 9, 2012
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  7. Small Biz Jessica

    Small Biz Jessica UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Wow, what a cool business! And I agree that a car is fine (clean and tidy).

    Like Cheryl I was going to suggest wearing a suit, but actually in your business some kind of work casual might be better. Polo shirt branded with your business name? Imperative to be clean and tidy in how you present yourself though. Probably not jeans and definitely not trainers. Some kind of rugged but professional look.
     
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    Posted: Jun 7, 2012 By: Small Biz Jessica Member since: Jun 1, 2012
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  8. David Earle

    David Earle UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    You could always rent an unmarked van for the day if you think it will give a better impression.
     
    Posted: Jun 7, 2012 By: David Earle Member since: Jul 21, 2010
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  9. keentolearn

    keentolearn UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Thanks for the comments everyone. ended up valleting the car and putting the backs seats away and putting down a tarp. However, he didnt even see the car lol. The survey went very well and they asked me to email through a schedule of works and a quotations within the next week. I went in logo'd polo and fleece, with black catapiller work combats and a high vis on my arm which i ended up needing :)
     
    Posted: Jun 7, 2012 By: keentolearn Member since: Feb 9, 2012
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  10. CherylDavis

    CherylDavis UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Glad it went well. Thanks for the update.
     
    Posted: Jun 7, 2012 By: CherylDavis Member since: May 18, 2012
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  11. Small Biz Jessica

    Small Biz Jessica UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Congrats! (And the outfit sounds perfect)
     
    Posted: Jun 7, 2012 By: Small Biz Jessica Member since: Jun 1, 2012
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