Contracting for my rentals

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by racer56, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. racer56

    racer56 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Posts: 285

    We have a house we just purchased to ad to our rentals. This house has a great lot with a nice view but the lawn is in the dumps. Is it better to pay my company to do all the work for taxes and such or just do the work for free for myself? I tried to call down and ask our tax guys but they always want us to come in and sit down($) for every little thing. They give us some work here and there is why we stay with them I guess. Anyway with all the tree work, and landscaping that will be done we would be at around 5k for this to a customer. We have always just went and did the work, kept the receipts for everything and just let the rest go.

    I thought maybe we could use this house as a show place as it is in the enterance of the wealthiest subdivision in the County. Having "paid out labor" will help with cap. gains if we well it soon was part of our thinking. Maybe we could bill say 3k and call it advertising for the business and deduct on both sides on the deal. Everytime we try to save a few bucks with a deduction or 2 and tax perp guys seem to get most of it :rolleyes: .
     
  2. racer56

    racer56 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Posts: 285

    Anyone? Have an idea?
     
  3. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    It's always cheaper to do it yourself. But if you are getting to the point where you can't focus on your other work it is time to sub it out.
     
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Your kidding me right? you own a landscape company and rental property in the wealthiest subdivision in the US, and you are wondering if you should hire a different landscaper to do the work? or do it yourself? This house is in the wealthiest subdivision in the US.? ok you got a 10 or 20 Million dollar home and you are worrying about 5 grand? on cap/gains? Am I understanding your post correctly?????

    I truely don't know what to say.
     
  5. swingset

    swingset LawnSite Member
    Posts: 231

    Reading comprehension:

    He said wealthiest subdivision in the COUNTY, not COUNTRY. I doubt that anywhere Kansas is up there with East Village NY or Silicon Valley.

    All that said, it's probably cheaper to do it yourself unless your schedule is too full to take care of it, in which case it's a moot point.
     
  6. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,829

    Thanks, I suspected I was not understanding it correctly
     
  7. racer56

    racer56 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Posts: 285

    Put the pipe back down and step away :hammerhead: . I'm not talking about hiring anyone else. I'm asking should we do the work as a company and send a bill to me personally or just do the work and be done with it. Didn't know if this was a better way or not. We have always just done the work and never been able to really show on taxes all the work that had been done. We did a ton of work at one of our other houses last year that we would have billed a customer 8-9k for but nothing on paper to show for it. I know this is more of a tax question but thought someone might be doing something similar.
     
  8. mphillips4739

    mphillips4739 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    Your idea about billing it and booking to advertising makes the most sense. Just make sure you actually place a sign in the yard to cover yourself. I mow only part time. My full time job is as an accountant (though not a CPA). Our business is structured where the owner operates several legally separate companies, so we come across this type of issue all the time. If there is a homeowners assoc, and they give out any type of material, you could place an add that states you maintain that property-which would take the place of actually putting a sign in the yard (may be against the rules for the neighborhood). Just my 2 cents. I would, however, charge only actual cost to advt, not what the work would cost for if done for someone else.
     
  9. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have goode comprenshion I gradgeeated frum the evelenwoodhead sped reding corse
     
  10. mphillips4739

    mphillips4739 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    What?:confused:
     

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