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Old 12-06-2014, 04:35 PM
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thinking of moving to southern part of florida.

I currently have a lawn care/hardscape/snow removal company located in West Virginia. I have been successful with the business and have made good contacts. However the past few years the snow season has been really stressful all the way around. I have really been considering getting out of snow removal and relocating to Florida to do landacaping year round and have a better quality life for me and my family. We are considering the west coast (Estero, Sarasota) or Vero Beach area on east coast. Any insight would be greatly appreciated as this is a big decision for us. Thanks!
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Old 12-06-2014, 04:45 PM
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Sarasota is a good choice. However expect heavy competition. You generally have to fight for the business. It won't just come to you. Don't believe the rumors that the cost of living is lower here. No gas or heating oil but that electric bill in the ac months is a killer. Also a pest license doesn't just transfer over either.
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Old 12-06-2014, 05:02 PM
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East coast is much faster pace, younger population with a great deal more traffic issues to deal with year round. West coast is just the opposite. Patriot Services is correct about Sarasota. If you do plan on renting first before buying make sure the house has decent windows, insulation and a central air system less that 10 years old. Otherwise the electric bill could prove costly.
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Old 12-06-2014, 05:06 PM
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You want traffic? Come to Tampa. I'm sitting in it now wondering why.
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Old 12-06-2014, 05:16 PM
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it must be nice being in the warm tropical weather. as for the rural areas, is there cheap land down there like 20 acres?
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Old 12-06-2014, 05:20 PM
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it must be nice being in the warm tropical weather. as for the rural areas, is there cheap land down there like 20 acres?
Yea, but wait until mid may till end of September....you would be singing a different tune. Everybody who lives in the land of snow sees Florida in the winter as paradise. Unless they live here year round, it is far from that.
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Old 12-06-2014, 05:25 PM
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I would suggest that anyone looking to relocate to S Florida from the north think about Georgia, North and South Carolina instead. If you still have family in the northern state that you want to visit you will soon get tired of the ride from S Florida. Many of the recent transplants here are from Florida. They moved here trying to get a little closer to family but still live in a relatively warm climate. They call themselves "half backs" for half way back home. Obviously starting a lawncare business in any state that you choose to relocate to will not be easy. It takes time to learn the area and to get people to trust you. That said, when I relocated here from Maryland I purchased an existing company. Makes it a lot easier.

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Old 12-06-2014, 05:28 PM
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Ya if you don't mind working in the summer heat and humidity.
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Old 12-06-2014, 05:29 PM
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I would suggest that anyone looking to relocate to S Florida from the north think about Georgia, North and South Carolina instead. If you still have family in the northern state that you want to visit you will soon get tired of the ride from S Florida. Many of the recent transplants here are from Florida. They moved here trying to get a little closer to family but still live in a relatively warm climate. They call themselves "half backs" for half way back home. Obviously starting a lawncare business in any state that you choose to relocate to will not be easy. It takes time to learn the area and to get people to trust you. That said, when I relocated here from Maryland I purchased an existing company. Makes it a lot easier.
Out of those 3 I would move to NC. Nice seasons, winters that aren't harsh, etc. However, I don't know which areas would have good economies for landscaping and maintenance.
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Old 12-06-2014, 05:39 PM
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Out of those 3 I would move to NC. Nice seasons, winters that aren't harsh, etc. However, I don't know which areas would have good economies for landscaping and maintenance.
HINT.......The Myrtle Beach metro area has the highest number of new building permits in the country. Retirees do not want to mow their lawn. That said, if someone has kids you can bet they will fly the coop pretty quickly to look for an area where there is money to be made ie. a northern state. Many things must be weighed and factored into any decision to relocate.
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