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I've been with a family landscaping company in Maryland for the past 3 years.I pretty much know the in's and out's on how to deliver good service BUT I'm a little fearful on the business end of things.I'm moving to Florida(Palm Bay/Melbourne) in few weeks and starting my own company from scratch.Have my $15k worth of equipment so I'm ready to roll I'm basically going for contracted residential and possibly branch out into commercial once I have a good team behind me...Just looking for some helpful hints as far as advertising from nothing and any info that will help get me prepared for the stress of this **** lol...Feel free to rip me apart and try to convince me to back out,as long as there's helpful info I'm all for it!..thanks
Also how difficult is it going to be to get started NOW? Are people taking contracts,even on a bi-weekly cut basis?
08-01-2003, 12:04 AM
I have only been doing this for a year and a half by myself. I usually offer monthly services. A lot of people in florida will figure out 42 visits per year. Say $25 a cut times 42 and divide by 12 for a monthly bill. I offer a monthly bill say 25 a week times 52. Then divide by 12 and I show up every week and at least blow off the sidewalks. I hope that you can handle the heat down here because it is hot and good luck to you.
08-04-2003, 10:24 AM
Don't worry about it Florida is an excellent place to start your own landscape or lawn care service.
Just try to specialize in something and be versatile.
08-04-2003, 02:06 PM
How is business in the Vero Beach / Sebastian / Palm Bay areas? Any one lowballing prices? What is the avarage price for the run of the mill 80x120 lot for mow, trim, blow?
08-04-2003, 05:14 PM
The avarage lot goes in palm bay for around $80, however many discount companies offer as low as $60 per month. Alot of companies in the area offer only 1 year contracts at around $80 month every month, but it scares off many potential cusotmers.
08-04-2003, 07:10 PM
If you do a search on Florida prices, you will get all kinds of ideas of what people charge. I am always surprised when someone writes that the charge $60 a month for a lawn service. Even $80 seems very low to me. When you consider gas prices, equipment costs, insurances, and the fact that other service industries get a lot more money for service rendered, I just can't believe you could make money with those prices. I work 4 days a week and charge a decent price and I make a decent living. If the yard takes 20 minutes to do, then why not charge $100 dollars and work less time or make more money in the same time you work now? Some lawn services down here work till 7pm 7 days a week because they charge to little for their services. My advice is to stick to a decent price, don't lowball because you get nervous that there won't be any more work, and be patient for GOOD customers. In a year and a half on my own, I have 35 customers who all pay in advance (wouldn't have it any other way) and they like good work and reliablity/dependability. Do what you say you will do any customers respect that.
08-04-2003, 08:40 PM
Here is a link to a thread (http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=47869&highlight=florida+prices) that discussed more service prices in Florida.
Turf Pro Lawn Care
08-05-2003, 02:50 AM
I am in Palm Bay also, Hope to see you around. Good luck.
08-10-2003, 11:59 AM
thanks for the feed back :gunsfirin
09-01-2003, 02:48 PM
:) Thanks for the info. I presently live in Colorado but am relocating to the Daytona Beach area. We only get 25-26 cuts a year here and don't do monthly/year around contracts. Our average lawn size is 4000 -5000 sq and get $25.00 a wk. and takes 15 min. w/ a 2 man crew. What are average lawn sizes and how long do they typically take?
01-05-2004, 06:35 PM
i now live in southwest ohio burrrrrr!i have been here for six years now...and the weather sucks. i was raised in melbourne florida ,actally to be exact i lived on croton rd.in the presidential streets,1904 fillmore ave.if anybody lives around there drive by and check it out and let me know how its looking.anyways all this talk about florida is making me wish i was catching a wave...
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