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Old 04-21-2011, 10:30 PM
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Does anyone else offer warranties on paver installs? I was thinking of a Three year as long as there are no trees with roots too close or something like that. Thoughts, experiences?
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:41 PM
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Warranties can have alot of parameters but 3-5 years should cover any problems. Just CYA
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:44 PM
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Seems like all of the lawn guys out here are out of business. I have gotten like three calls in the last few days for bids. Then today I get a call to bid on nan apartment complex. The odd thing about all this is i only have one flyer at the local hardware store and a comercial running on the local cable station. let the work roll in ready to get going.
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:41 AM
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So sick of this rain....thought today was gonna be a decent day? WTF
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:28 AM
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Snow flakes mixed in with rain right now.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:33 AM
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Snow flakes mixed in with rain right now.
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Better put the salters in again... lol
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:33 AM
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We are working today, we are putting plow markers back out just in case for this one.
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:10 AM
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Just seen Livonia on 275. With a chevy pickup pulling commercial guys over and inspecting trucks. Seriously a 3/4 chevy truck I take it Livonia is going on the dot kick now
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:19 AM
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Yea they do, and I just bought 3 accounts from someone for $250 last week and have already made my money back. Why would I just give a customer away? I won't do anything else for free. Break it down; $75 gets you paying someone $10 an hour for four hours to pass out $35 worth of flyers which half get ripped down by other companys or blown out/off their door and land you 0 customers. OR......invest that money in a sure fire account that you could also possibably get landscape work, do sprinkler start up/winterize, and do fert if you are licenced to. One account sounds good to me, even better if it fills a hole in my route or just across the street.
If you are that concerned with making some money on the deal, I would try subbing it out. Although for 1 account, it seems like more of a hassle.
I do have 2 questions for you though:
1)are you honestly finding guys to work that really only cost you $10/hour? After paying work comp insurance and payroll taxes on that employee, it sounds like you would be paying him minimum wage, if not less!
2) how do you calculate making the $75 back in 2 weeks or less? Let's assume that you are sending a 3 man crew to cut the lawn, let's also assume with drive time, taking equipment off the trailer, cutting the lawn, and loading the equipment back onto the trailer, it takes a total of 20 minutes. 20 min x 3 guys equals 1 labor hour. 1 labor hour COST around $20. Not including fuel, equipment, or supplies. This being said at best your making $10 to cut the lawn. And it would take approx 7.5 weeks to "break even".

Not trying to cause controversy, but you might just be better off giving the lawn up, and finding a good contractor to take it over. Good luck!
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:49 PM
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Wow, just got the call we lost a complex in Howell that we were mowing for $150 which I thought was cheap. The accepted bid was $85 This place with 1 guy takes 3hrs, our best time with three guys was around 1.5hrs It takes one guy 1.5hrs just to line trim it.

$.47 per minute...just wow! I expect to be spending around $.15 per minute on gas alone this season. I have always calculated running a Z to be $.15 per minute, so just for gas and mower its already $.30 per minute. So with just that the new lawn guys will be making $10.20 an hour.

I have a feeling I will get a call mid-season for us to take over the account again.
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