Are my startup costs too high?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by TheLandscapers, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. McG_Landscaping

    McG_Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    Your liability insurance is really high. For my plowing and landscaping 2 million aggregate and 1 mill per occurrence is only $350 for the entire year
     
  2. Durabird02

    Durabird02 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
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    Did i miss something? I see trailer registration at the bottom but no price for a trailer...
     
  3. Hamatsa

    Hamatsa LawnSite Member
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    Everyone has good advice. I want to re-emphasize the need for pro grade mowers and handhelds. Read about advertising. Get pro grade lops, saws, pruners, etc. They don't break. Get a couple of tarps for leaves and a pro grade hedgetrimmer. Your fixed costs need to be detailed out more. I would add; Get a decent website. Look at Google Adwords.
     
  4. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    Who do you go through?
     
  5. Oakleaf landscape

    Oakleaf landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Your liability insurance and vehicle insurance are through the roof. I pay $400 for commercial vehicle and $250 for 2 mil in liability
     
  6. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ditto that.
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  7. McG_Landscaping

    McG_Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    Erie insurance
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  8. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    I think I've been getting the short end. Mine are around 1,200 per truck and 900 for 2 mil. liability. Do you have equip./tools covered under liability policy?
     
  9. McG_Landscaping

    McG_Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    Mimimal coverage on equipment. My truck is a whole different story but i have that through erie too. I was quoted $700 by another company
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  10. lawnpropm

    lawnpropm LawnSite Senior Member
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    Are you planning on buying a box truck or landscape body? Only reason I ask is bc I didn't see a trailer on the list unless you already have one......
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