John in St Louis asks:
Can you recommend a flyer and brochure printing service that services the real estate industry?
There is nothing special about the needs of the real estate industry in the area of flyer/brochure printing. Many businesses use flyers and brochures. Here are some approaches for real estate flyers and brochures:
- Take your PDF to a local FedEx, UPS, Staples, or Office Depot store and have them do the printing. Most of these of these stores do printing nowadays. If the quantity is just a few hundred, they will do it the same day or while you wait.
- If you are a real estate photographer and are creating and printing these for a listing agent, and ask them if their office does free printing for them. Many real estate offices have a large printer and let agents use it to print flyers for free to encourage listing agents to do better marketing. If this is the case, just supply your client with a PDF; they can do the printing for free.
- If you are a real estate photographer providing a service to listing agents or a listing agent and printing flyers is a regular event, then get serious and buy a laser printer. This is much cheaper in the long run than having someone else print the flyers. You can get a laser printer for just over $300, and a set of color laser printer toner cartridges costs around $300.
- If you are doing something a little fancier than just double sided flyers on 20 lb paper. You can use https://www.ExpressCopy.com/. I used to print high gloss jumbo postcards for all our new listings and mail them to the surrounding neighborhood. These are fairly expensive.
- Vistaprint has always been great and they have a white label option so you can send prints directly to your clients without the Vistaprint branding on them.
Be careful when getting involved in supplying flyers to real estate agents. There are many steps in this service that can be an energy and time sync. Make sure you are charging enough to recover all your time and expenses. You can easily spend more time supplying 100 flyers than doing a real estate shoot!