Daily production for 2 man crew.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassmasterswilson, May 16, 2014.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
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    There is a considerable difference in location and pricing. Most teachers in my state only make $30k per year(at least new teachers as my wife was a public school teacher). Most Laborers I hire never write more than $10/hr in the wage box of the application.

    Your gas may be north of $4, mine isn't
    I rent a small storage unit for $260, yours might be 500
    I have an average 10 minute drive to first yard as my shop in right in town, yours might be 29 min outside of town
    Housing cost will be way different there also... Purchase price at least.

    Those things add up as a whole. That is why it becomes tough to talk pricing up here. Northern guys my get $45 per cut for the same lawn I get $35 for here.

    Where I see a huge difference way up north is on application prices. You guys can get 8-10+ per k from what I've read up here. That just wouldn't work in my area.

    If you were making $70k through a job here plus another $10-15k with lawns a year I bet a bank would approve you for a loan on one of the nicest neighborhoods in my city. If your wife(if married) had a job I guarantee it. You might even quit lawns and just relax here and enjoy your toys.
     
  2. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,570

    I don't know, but I can give you some prices around here for reference...

    I live right on the WV/VA border...

    Gas in WV (87 oct) is $3.62/gal... VA $3.33/gal.

    Diesel in WV $4.15/gal, VA $3.96

    Grocery stores on Sunday's run ads for Pepsi/Coke 12 packs 4/$10....

    A 3500 Dodge Diesel Larime SRW can be purchased for about $34k with haggling.

    As far as other vehicles go you see a LOT of people buying Mitsubishi's, late model Suzuki's (before they went under), 1/2 Ford, Chevy... whatever.

    You can search on realtor websites, I can give you zip codes if you'd like. Check out Mercer, Summers, McDowell, Wyoming, Monore counties in WV, and Tazewell, Bland, Giles, in VA... Now once you get about 30 miles from here toward Blacksburg VA (Montgomery county, home of VT) prices start going up considerably, also once you start going up north toward Beckly (Raleigh county) in WV.

    But this immediate area is known as an extremely poor area by most standards across the county. Teachers starting out here are around $32k. I would say the average salary for full time jobs are between $12~$17 hourly.

    My wife works in Nuclear medicine and makes around $80k per year before OT, she could go up north or south and easily make close to $100k, but again cost of living must be factored in.

    Edit -
    I will say that there are definitely our fair share of $500k+ homes and we service several of them. As I've stated in an earlier post, I changed the marketing aim of our residential accounts several years ago and it's paid off well. We try to aim for the sub-divisions with prices starting around $180k+. The people that are willing to pay $45+ weekly. It's also public knowledge released by the state that all hospitals have to release employee salaries of those making $55k+ yearly. I won't tell names but we have several doctors and staff admins making $150k+. They "live the good life". Where a cardiologist may make close to $1M elsewhere around here they make about $500K.
     
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  3. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Similar to is but truck would be 10k more

    Average home in my service area is 545k

    Half hour away it goes down to 400. And then no matter which way you go it's back up to 500 lol

    A 3 br townhouse is over 300
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  4. milkie62

    milkie62 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 833

    No way any diesel pickup is $34k new.I was referring to new prices.Yes we get the pepsi deals here also.But apples to apples a 2x4 at our HD will be the same at your HD.My pkg of socks at Walmart will be the same at your walmart.Gas here is $3.79/gal.I think diesel is $4.30/gal.I do live rural and my closet lawn is 10 miles and farthest being 20.I could give and have given a price of $40/cut and have ha guys do it for $25.My mother pays my son to do her lawn for some college money.Her lawn is a $40-45 lawn.She called a guy for a price and he said $25.She has a fair amount of trimming because of a ditch at the road.I am there for 40 minutes with my 61" ferris and he took just about an hr
     
  5. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Posts: 1,898

    The focus for a crew of any size should be getting as tight a route as possible, and working on techniques/skills to complete each yard quickly but not so quick as to where quality suffers. The price of a maintenance service should be competetive to YOUR market and no one else's. The rate of production should be consistent with a daily gross income goal--not how many yards you finish. Yards vary in size and details like the colors of the rainbow. Focus on income goals, not number of yards.
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  6. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,536

    I'm targeting around $500 min per day gross on a 2 man crew. Tighter routes may produce more more spread out less. I would hope as the route fills up to get it as tight as possible.

    I'm really trying to get guys to concentrate on weeds in beds, vines in bushes, etc as part of my customer list. Just getting them to spend a few extra minutes each mow. As they get everything under control that should speed things up..

    Would like to move closer to a quality and not quantity concept.
     
  7. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    9-10 a nhour guys are not going to care about that no matter how much you ask.

    You may be better off putting someone in another truck for "lansscape maintenance"
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  8. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,536

    I actually considered this and let him head up side work. He could run a day or two mow route, especially if we get behind.

    Even thought about putting him with the two man crew to focus on the details and then help with clean up. We have some high end properties and some mow-blow-go types
     
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  9. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    The trick is you have to find someone that enjoys that kind of work. They are worth their weight in gold if you find one.

    A lot of people people just want to mow and go home. If you can find somebody that could run through your properties once a week and do detail work, take notes of possible upsell work, areas of concern that the crew missed etc. Eventually when you get bigger you could promote him into an account manager
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