Florida advice

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by dnc19694339, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    Im not sure what area or even what state Im gonna end up in but I can tell you the housing down there isnt cheap! Ive been looking at anything under $150k and cant get anything in a decent school district or a decent area. Looks like you have to spend over $200k to get in a decent area.

    I found a ton of houses for cheap but they were in horrible school districts. Plus my friend that lives in St Pete says they dont have school buses! I said WTF? He said ya you have to drive and pick up your kids from school. Thats crazy!

    Ive been looking in Florida and also Georgia for a house that I may buy and then move down when my business sells. My wife and kid are ready to move in now and I will follow when everything sells. I was hoping to get more house for my money but that is proving tougher than expected.
     
  2. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Sarasota,Charlotte Counties are still pretty good. really depends what your looking for.
    easy-lift guy
     
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Every year a couple dozen northern guys get it in their heads that Florida is the land of milk n honey. Year round work and cheap cost of living are myths. Prices are rock bottom for the most part. The heat and humidity are like nothing else anywhere. As for thinking you can get that northern pesticide or irrigation license reciprocated. It ain't gonna happen.
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  4. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well said, to the OP - make your bank up north and retire to Florida, this is what people have been doing for decades.
     
  5. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You mentioned Pavers, we have stopped bidding jobs for anyone other than current clients, they are a joke. Many latino crews will install, labor and material for $3.50 a square.
     
  6. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ill bet alot more than that come down to try it. And Im sure some of them make it and some dont. Im sure my 115 inches of snowfall makes me just as miserable as some guys are down their with the heat. The grass is always greener on the other side and it always will be.
     
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    You also don't have to work in those extremes. Even if you do snow most of your time is spent in the cab.
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  8. Tri-City Outdoors

    Tri-City Outdoors LawnSite Member
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    LOL I turned in a bid today for pavers and one of the other biders came in at $3.50/sqft. When the homeowner ask I literally laugh and simple said It is impossible to have the project done correctly for that price.
    We turn in bids with design,insurance certs, license and a small portfolio. Lets just say it is obvious who is the right company for the job.
     
  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Nah that just includes the midnite madness paver discount from a local construction site or foreclosure home.
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  10. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,187

    All great areas but hang around here awhile until the heat and humidity returns and you may have a change of heart. lol
     

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