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Old 03-07-2014, 02:19 PM
Matt20874 Matt20874 is offline
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Montgomery County, MD Prices - Then and now.


I was toying with the idea of leaving the corporate world and getting back in to landscape maintenance. Probably too late this year but not for next year.

Anyhow, going through my old files I found two advertisements for lawn cutting, from my competition, from back in 1987. I converted these to today's dollars, accounting for inflation, using the Consumer Price Index. (see attached PDF)

Are you getting the rates in the 2014 column and if not what are you getting for say 10,000 SF acre and 15,000SF?

I posted this in the regional section because Maryland has its own microclimate with all the immigrants; illegal and legal.

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Old 03-08-2014, 10:09 PM
prezek prezek is offline
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I'm up around Baltimore, but aside from a few of the smaller properties listed on there, you won't see 2014 prices...don't think you'll see anything close to $100/acre
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Old 03-08-2014, 11:14 PM
Marek Marek is offline
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Stay at your corp. job. If you thought things were bad before , they are worse now. These "immigrants" have pushed prices back to and below your 1987 prices. Hey its a lot easier when uncle Sam gives you health insurance,housing and pays for your kids school and their lunches and you don't have to pay taxes, whats not to like for them ?
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Old 03-19-2014, 07:17 AM
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Maybe I'm confused, whats BL and LW?

Although some of my prices are close to those, they are not that high.

I'm sure you've seen over the years Montgomery County is not what it used to be. Years ago when VA started the "ask for green card policy" it seemed like every one of them went to Montgomery County. While I don't go out there much, I can only imagine who is mainly mowing lawns.

Your biggest competition will be them, and chances are they will have much cheaper prices. But I can say this, customers get fed up with them because they don't speak english. Or they stop showing up because they either got sick/hurt or deported.
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