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Schuley
02-28-2010, 05:20 PM
36 duplexes, for a company that cares for elderly and disabled adults. I estimate at 15-16 hrs of work bi-weekly, so 30-32 hours of work per month. $25/building. $1800 per month. They are small, not much work, no gates, pets, toys, just want it mowed bi-weekly thats it. So 4, 8 hour days per month to complete them, (i'd work longer days) for $450 per day, it figures out to $56.25 per hour. That all includes drive time, and trimming edges once per month. Its a lot less than I want to work for........but if they give me a 1 year contract for the lawn and snow.....It seems tempting.... what do you all think? With my equip and hauling a$$ I can probably do it much quicker....

Raymond S.
02-28-2010, 05:28 PM
$56.25 per hour solo? If that includes drive time, unload, mowing/trimming...Yep, I'd take it.
Actually though, if it's the normal 1/4acre lots duplex I'd bet you could get it done in one day at about 10-12 hrs. If you can knock it back to 24 hrs. /month you're in the $75per hour range and again, I'd take it.

360ci
02-28-2010, 07:09 PM
$56.25 per hour solo? If that includes drive time, unload, mowing/trimming...yep, i'd take it.
Actually though, if it's the normal 1/4acre lots duplex i'd bet you could get it done in one day at about 10-12 hrs. If you can knock it back to 24 hrs. /month you're in the $75per hour range and again, i'd take it.

x2! .

Schuley
02-28-2010, 08:31 PM
right now i'm able to get $75/hr or more, (not all week). I have a bunch of 30-36 dollar lawn within 5 minutes of eachother..... so it helps. But if I was getting my regular rate for all these places it would be way higher. It breaks down to $12.50 per side...which makes me want to shoot myself..... lol
I havn't been able to see the properties either....just a few phone conversations so far.... We'll see what comes of It I guess, Im just worried that the "the jobs are only about 5 or so minutes apart" might turn into 10-15 minutes apart...

RCSindiana
02-28-2010, 08:41 PM
If you can fit in in your schedule without having to ditch better paying work then I would definately take it. Its all about making your money while the grass is green.

Mickhippy
02-28-2010, 10:26 PM
I think I would do 18 one week, 18 the second week. Basically instead of doing 2 or 3 days every 2nd week, you'd be doing 1 - 1.5days a week. This would leave you open for other work. Would also make it easier to catch up on rain days etc.
Dont put to many eggs in one basket!

hornett22
02-28-2010, 10:27 PM
how much are you gonna make after all the bitching? elderly people like to stop you and ask you the same question over and over for 45 minutes.every week you will still be the new guy.

rlong97150
02-28-2010, 10:41 PM
.every week you will still be the new guy.

LOL. As someone who mows in an elderly community, I resemble that remark.

Bob

Paul's LC
02-28-2010, 10:41 PM
how much are you gonna make after all the bitching? elderly people like to stop you and ask you the same question over and over for 45 minutes.every week you will still be the new guy.

this is an excellent point

rcslawncare
02-28-2010, 11:12 PM
Very true, I do a small condo place and its always, why do you go so fast? How do you turn?! It sure does get old, but its kinda funny after awhile.

GreenmanCT
02-28-2010, 11:25 PM
theres kinda an art to avoiding the long drawn out conversations with old people. my favorite method is sun glasses and the ear phones. This way you dont obviously look like your ignoring them.

but yea id take that.

HARRIS Property Management
02-28-2010, 11:40 PM
If you look at the windows as you drive by on the mower you will probably notice a small gap in the blinds where those seniors are 'peeping' out at ya!

And if you are not sure how long those jobs are actually taking you, just stop and ask any one of those seniors.....they will tell you EXACTLY how long it took you.

Vogel-Landscaping
02-28-2010, 11:44 PM
I think I would do 18 one week, 18 the second week. Basically instead of doing 2 or 3 days every 2nd week, you'd be doing 1 - 1.5days a week. This would leave you open for other work. Would also make it easier to catch up on rain days etc.
Dont put to many eggs in one basket!

i woud also because rain could def generate some probs. along with other possible delay issues.

topsites
03-01-2010, 02:35 AM
No, I would not.

Mickhippy
03-01-2010, 02:38 AM
You would not what?

KrayzKajun
03-01-2010, 02:46 AM
If you look at the windows as you drive by on the mower you will probably notice a small gap in the blinds where those seniors are 'peeping' out at ya!

And if you are not sure how long those jobs are actually taking you, just stop and ask any one of those seniors.....they will tell you EXACTLY how long it took you.

:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:so true:laugh::laugh::laugh: