Best City to start over?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by CNYScapes, Jan 8, 2014.

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Best City to start over?

  1. North Atlanta,GA

    4 vote(s)
    20.0%
  2. Tampa,FL

    5 vote(s)
    25.0%
  3. Charlotte,NC

    9 vote(s)
    45.0%
  4. FT Lauderdale,FL

    2 vote(s)
    10.0%
  1. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 916

    So I have planned for years to move from NY to a warmer climate. Could be soon or in 3 yrs when my kid graduates.

    I currently offer Fert/Weed, mowing, landscaping and i will probably start the same business in the new city.

    Where is the best City to start over? I have listed several cities I am considering a move to that have better weather than where I am.

    My biggest concern is competition in these cities I have listed and if the competition has driven rates down.

    In my city, a 5k lawn is about $25 to mow and $40 to fert/weed. How does that compare?

    Any thoughts
     
  2. MrGlockJock25

    MrGlockJock25 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    I love Atlanta. I don't know much about the mowing there but I love the weather and the area. It's an awesome place to live with a cool downtown and midtown as well as in the suburban areas. Also, up north of Atlanta towards blue ridge is where I've been on vacation a couple times and a lot of towns on the way up were cool. So my vote is to Atlanta or north
     
  3. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 916

    thanks. I have been to ATL a couple times. That is at the top of my list but I am considering other areas. I have a good size business now and I would definitely want to grow quickly in the new city.
     
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    I live in very southern Louisiana. (South of New Orleans)

    I have always said that I i was to leave Louisiana I would move to North or South Carolina. So Charlotte gets my vote.
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  5. Middle Tennessee Lawn

    Middle Tennessee Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 220

    You will find 35.00 mowing min. Charge the norm in big southern cities so at 25. You would be tooo cheap
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  6. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984

    RFD
    Offshore Oil Rig
    LA
     
  7. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,099

    Make sure you check into licensing requirements wherever you move to beforehand. States can greatly vary
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  8. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984

    The little I read landscaping about FL makes me doubt about wanting to LCO there.

    They seem to be unique. There is a FL section on lawnsite. The only state that has it's own section. I would read it for awhile to gain insight if it would be a good fit for you.

    You have to ask your self why do you want to relocate. Those answers should help you decide.

    For me if I was to relocate I would not want to go some where colder then I am. Though I do not have to go some where warmer.

    I spent summers at my grandparent's place in Putnam Lake, NY. Camped Copake Falls many times. Seen a lot of NY state.

    Living near the coast I feel a need to stay close to the coast. Could be tempted to try the west coast but hear some many negative things about CA.

    Then there has to be a Little Italy like Arthur Ave in the Bronx. Need my special groceries from time to time. I could handle being an hour north of the Bronx.

    I've known people to like suburbs of Atlanta. Heard people also liking Maryland down to Georgia.

    So why are you wanting to relocate and what climate do you want?

     
  9. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Posts: 3,060

    Atlantans universally complain about the traffic. Consider cities in the 150,00 to 250,000 size. There is lots of economic data for Southern cities on the internet.

    Good luck with your search and decision.
     
  10. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 763

    North Atlanta,GA - I'm rural NW ATL, there is a big difference between N Atlanta and North Georgia. I love it here, but would not mess with the traffic, comptetion, and cost of living South of Alphretta.

    Tampa,FL - I lived in Tampa for 15 years, loved it there, I know nothing of the LC market, so good luck.

    Charlotte,NC - I work in the Charlotte area nearly every month. I love the people, climate, and the growth. Which probably means all the big nationals are busting prices to capture market.

    FT Lauderdale,FL - Lived and worked that area in the early 80's. Great Climate, Lots of your former NYC customers there. One of the last places I'd move to in FL. I love the FL East coast beaches, fishing and everything between Ormond and Vero are being considered for my retirement years. To many orange and blue hair's driving Honda's 10 mph below the speed limit on FL's West coast. It used to be Crown Vic's n Grand Marquis. :)
     

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