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Old 11-20-2013, 12:10 PM
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I clean up ad many times as I can. If we waited til the end and did it all in one shot, we'd be working until mid January. Most municipalities stop picking up early December, so you have to do as much as you can before hand.

I think I saw you post about starting next year right? The best thing to do is what I do, when I sign someone up in the spring, we go through the entire season's needs on day one. They all fill out customer forms that list what services they'd like to get. That way I don't have to make calls asking if they want clean ups.
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Yes I am starting up next year and do plan on going over some sort of service agreement up front. So if that's the case I should also be providing the cost to do the leaf clean up in the spring which will be hard for me to do.. I guess it's all trial by fire. I just don't want to under estimate the time is gong to take me to do cleanups causing me to agree on an artificially low price to do it.. I have a pretty big property myself so my plan is to compare it to my own (size and time it takes) and base my estimates off of that...
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:27 PM
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Most municipalities stop picking up early December, so you have to do as much as you can before hand.

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Are you using plastic bags or compostable paper bags? Or, do your customers provide enough reusable containers for you to fill?

More than a few years back when I first saw compostable paper bags I knew this would be the wave of the future and started mulching everything come leaf season. I realize that mulching leaves is not practical for every LCO or for every area of the country, but it works out well for my business.
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:30 PM
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In most parts of NJ, neither, just blow to the curb.
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:58 PM
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Are you using plastic bags or compostable paper bags? Or, do your customers provide enough reusable containers for you to fill?

More than a few years back when I first saw compostable paper bags I knew this would be the wave of the future and started mulching everything come leaf season. I realize that mulching leaves is not practical for every LCO or for every area of the country, but it works out well for my business.
I keep some paper bags on hand, but if the town doesn't suck up the leaves from the street (my main service area does) I haul them off. If I'm topped off and can't load anymore and it's just a yard or two of leaves ill paper bag it. If it's in a pile it's quick.

Better than making a second trip, even if it is a pain.
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:05 PM
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Ah ha...and that is a fine option to have!
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:27 PM
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Ah ha...and that is a fine option to have!
Some people start off by wanting me to paper bag it and I just tell them no. I explain the cost of the bags verse paying for dumpin them. It ends up being a hair cheaper, and puts more money in my pocket.
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