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Thread: Is Door Knocking Professional?

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    Default Is Door Knocking Professional?

    What is the general consensus on this?

    I don't care for it: it's happened to me a couple of times. Some guy in a pickup sending his teen son to ask me if I wanted any tree work done.

    I won't ever do it.

    However, something like storm work/me seeing a tree ON a house - I'm not above asking the homeowner if they would like to talk.

    Thoughts?

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    I would say it depends on the context, along the same lines as you. Perhaps we need a third option in the survey?


    If someone solicits at my house... I try my best to convey they've made an egregious error of judgement.

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    So that's a no...

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    In a storm situation, I make myself exceptionally open and available for people to talk to. I won't knock on their door cold call style, but if they are outside, I will walk up and speak to them with the hopes of drumming up business.


    So yeah, no.

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    Only guys that aren't busy do it. I think it's unprofessional and have never done it and I guess I'm a snob cause I'll assume these guys aren't licenced or are hacks if they do it. That said, if I was hungry and saw a real need, I'd likely knock and low pressure feel them out.
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    Same here, but I sure wouldn't wanna make it a habit.

    I'd be trying to rethink my options...

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    Spent years doing it as a teen, any house with a shaggy palm, left fliers n business cards, made pretty dang good money doin it too.

    But that was long ago n far away. Now customers find me.

    Jomo

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    Never did it.

    Id be pissed if someone knocked on my door.

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    Norfolk county there is a bylaw forbidding tree work door knocking sales. If a HO is outside doing yard work I sometimes will ask if they want my card. Most folks are friendly enough. Brant county there is no bylaw, but I wouldn't door knock.
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    I have stopped when I saw a homeowner staring up into their tree. I've actually got a couple jobs like that, but I don't consider that door knocking.

    One guy told me "No, thanks... I was just looking for my cat."

    Haha

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