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Old 12-25-2012, 03:46 PM
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Not even end of year to put away for winter
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Old 12-25-2012, 04:06 PM
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I would have to say a 7. I think appearing neat, maintained, and clean is more important than new and loaded with money. I drive a somewhat humble rig, yet I have awesome customer retention and gain plenty of new work.
totaly agree it does not need to be new. it could be old, and we do have a older 90's model hydro scag. it runs fine but it does not look like a rust bucket. it was repainted 2 years ago.

we also have 2 hoa that have requirement of machines 2 years old or less. they dont check but they care that the equipment looks good and does not detract from there property
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Old 12-25-2012, 05:45 PM
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Been in LCO since 1982 and this is the 1st time I have ever heard of this.

we also have 2 hoa that have requirement of machines 2 years old or less. they dont check but they care that the equipment looks good and does not detract from there property.
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:01 PM
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one of the hoa's is greenwich oaks.
there rents are 4k for a 2 bedroom apartment.
they do pay very well. were doing the signs for the front entrance in the next few months.

this is a link for the rent prices.

http://www.apartmentguide.com/apartm...ch-Oaks/46146/

our house prices are from 500k to 4mill. average household income is 200k according to the 2010 census.

these people are loaded and most work on wall st or are ceo of companies.
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:08 PM
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totaly agree it does not need to be new. it could be old, and we do have a older 90's model hydro scag. it runs fine but it does not look like a rust bucket. it was repainted 2 years ago.

we also have 2 hoa that have requirement of machines 2 years old or less. they dont check but they care that the equipment looks good and does not detract from there property
Does the same rule apply for snow removal?
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:14 PM
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no just for mowing equipment such as mowers and blowers.
they never have checked the years of the equipment.
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:08 PM
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nope, not even at the end of the year to put away for winter.

I use my blower to blow loose stuff and mite at most use like a broom for some stuck on stuff but that's it.
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:16 PM
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For sure our business has increased like crazy with the upgrades of our trucks, mowers & trailers. Personally I cannot picture having all the work we do running around with mini-vans(the vehicle I started with) or the 1982 Chevy(R.I.P. miss ya baby!)that once was our main vehicles.

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Old 12-25-2012, 08:22 PM
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well I'm not saying I don't have nice stuff but I do anything special or extra to keep things clean. my truck and trailer are lucky if they see a wash a year and as I stated above my mowers never get washed as long as I own them.

I'm sure more than one person has seen me pull up to do an estimate with friends or family in the vehicle waiting while I do it.

I've been in business 6 years now. short I know but long if I were doing things wrong and going to fail at the business.
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:42 PM
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don't get me wrong. you don't need to wash a truck, trailer or equipment ever.

you don't ever need a truck or trailer. you could use a car and a push mower and would still get jobs. and i am sure you could fill up your weekly schedule for mow and go only, and you would not have to do extra services. you would make plenty of money. in certain area's.

it is not that you will lose jobs, because of looks.

they might notice your truck and just not call you, so you never know you lost the job.

the same thing goes with seo, and websites. we never know how much we lose because someone does not like or can't find our website. you will still do fine with a crap website or no website at all but it will help you.

in the end in my clean truck and trailer brings me only one extra job a year it is worth it.
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