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Old 01-13-2013, 07:23 PM
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Yeah that would take some weight off of my shoulders too as it is guaranteed money every month. Banks seem to like seeing that too haha

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Old 01-13-2013, 07:56 PM
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Yeah maybe Im missing something too, but if he has only 12 man hours 4 times, then thats only 48 man hours total. So say he's paying someone $15/hr, which would be real high, that is $720, plus take an usually large amount of fuel costs out of that plus wear and tear on the machines, and figure he's spending $1000 but taking in $2300, keeping $1300, Im a small operation but I would say that is pretty solid, but at the same time i don't know what his costs are so I just took a shot in the dark. haha just my uneducated guess

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Old 01-13-2013, 08:02 PM
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or you could just explain now.

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Old 01-13-2013, 09:19 PM
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No need to get all jumpy .....I was simply saying that $47.92 / man hr was ok but not awesome. Now I don't know his billing plan and all, so he probably does better in the off months.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:26 PM
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I think it's impressive to mow 22 acres in 12 man hours, let alone a cemetary. We have a nine acre cemetary that takes us right around 14 MH to do. I think $2300 for work like that is decent money.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:06 PM
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Ya, that's moving right along no doubt....with only one guy on a mower?? Chris, that 2300 is monthly.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:53 AM
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Ya, that's moving right along no doubt....with only one guy on a mower?? Chris, that 2300 is monthly.
You have to remember that this is probably municipal work. $47.00 PMH is pretty good money for municipal bidding especially in this economy, I try to to be @ $50+ PMH. It might be less than doing residential, but you are most likely guarenteed work for a set timeframe, the money is guarenteed and you rarely deal with PITA customers. It's a tradeoff really, work where you can go in and blow it out without having to talk to anyone or waste time, or have more resi's where you can make more money but the customers can waste your time telling their life story or how you didn't edge their flower bed "the way they want it."
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:35 AM
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Okay, that makes sense. I've bid quite a few town properties over time and only a few that actually worked out. Most of the time they go for chump change - it's hard to believe. Around rural areas like this, if you can rub elbows and get in with town officials it goes far.

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Old 01-14-2013, 07:48 AM
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It's like estimating resi accounts, the areas with more money will most likely care more about the quality of the contractor and pay higher prices. Like you said knowing people helps no matter what type of contract you are looking to get
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:22 AM
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You have to remember that this is probably municipal work. $47.00 PMH is pretty good money for municipal bidding especially in this economy, I try to to be @ $50+ PMH. It might be less than doing residential, but you are most likely guarenteed work for a set timeframe, the money is guarenteed and you rarely deal with PITA customers. It's a tradeoff really, work where you can go in and blow it out without having to talk to anyone or waste time, or have more resi's where you can make more money but the customers can waste your time telling their life story or how you didn't edge their flower bed "the way they want it."
Lucky its not municipal work...its a family owned cemetery that the owners son cut it for 12 years and finally bid it out. Its a 12 month contract, so you all are doing the math during the growing season and you have to add back in the months that i ride through and just look at it on my way to the office and pick up my check. Now it is mostly flat stones which makes my mowing easier as you can straddle allot of them and just keep on going, but i stripe everything that I do so those 6 hours actually look good too
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