Florida Rates?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Lawn_Enforcement, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. Lawn_Enforcement

    Lawn_Enforcement LawnSite Member
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    I own business in Ky but have always had a passion to move back to Fl where I grew up. Does anyone know how the market is for Lawn Care and Maintenance? Also any idea of rates or what to typically charge for a average 1/2 acre yard or 1 acre yard and what type of commercial insurance is needed for down there 1 million 2 million or more? Thanks
     
  2. DaveinSWFL

    DaveinSWFL LawnSite Member
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    I am in Punta Gorda which is about 20 miles north of Fort Myers. The average for a 1/2 acre is $50 (mow, edge, stringline & blow). I am sure the price varies in each market down here.
     
  3. Lawn_Enforcement

    Lawn_Enforcement LawnSite Member
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    Up here it is about 30 for half acre average sized yards for mow, edge, weedeat, and blow. For acres its 55-60. Gas is the same price to. Thanks for the info. Is there alot of competition in South Central FL
     
  4. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've been a lot of places and the only place i've seen with the amount of competition as I see in FL is in Houston Tx. You will be fighting for every yard that you get. If you do find lawns that pay better than where you're at, the additional cash will be eaten up in the additional expense that it costs to live here. I say if you want to move, move. But don't expect lawns to come easy and the money to be great.
     
  5. Lawn_Enforcement

    Lawn_Enforcement LawnSite Member
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    Are the rates similar to your area 50 per 1/2 ? in Williston, Fl?
     
  6. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
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    $35 per cut for 1/2 acre but I only bill monthly based on 36 annual cuts. I'm high for my area but do quality work when I say I will. Don't plan on anything near $50 per half acre. I honestly don't know how Daveinswfl is doing it. Must have all high ends. I was in FT. Myers 2 weeks ago and economic conditions looked FAR worse than where I live. Lots of unemployment, unsold real estate, and a general look of poverty. Everybody that I talked to in Ft Myers said that the lawn guys were cutting each others throats and working for little or no profit.
     
  7. Lawn_Enforcement

    Lawn_Enforcement LawnSite Member
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    Fool,

    When you say you bill on 36 cuts obviously its more then KY but even if you cut it say 25 times you still bill out for 36. I have contracts but only bill how many times I cut.
     
  8. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
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    If I had to guess I'd say I cut between 33 and 39 times per year and get paid for the 36. Right now with this rain I may hit 40 cuts. No contracts but I have good customers that are happy with the simplicity of having the same payment every month. I think in Florida it's really common to say $XX per month year round. Sure makes things easier.
     
  9. h400exinfl

    h400exinfl LawnSite Member
    from Florida
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    I bill by the cut down here (near orlando). My customers really love the pay by the cut method. A large percentage of the accounts I have, switched to me for just that reason. They were tired of paying the same amount, even in the winter. And that's just another example of how fickle the retiree's are down here, constantly bottom shopping and will switch for a nickel. Take it with a grain of salt.
     
  10. DaveinSWFL

    DaveinSWFL LawnSite Member
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    I have the majority of my customers are on a monthly/year round. I haven't experienced what you are talking about (switching to an LCO who bills by the cut). In the winter I service their propety evrry 10 days. If it doesn't need cut I trim shrubs, edge. You get the point. I find something to do on the property to justify the charge. I also pick up landscaping or mulch/rock jobs on some of these properties during the winter months. Every market is different.
     

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