I need brass balls!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by bligh61, May 21, 2008.

  1. bligh61

    bligh61 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 239

    I was wondering if any of you design/build guys were maintenance route guys first? My problem is I am sick of chasing the route lawns, too much broken equiptment etc. I do about 10 to 12 fairly large design/build/plant jobs a year, but would like to go full time with it. I like the steady $ of maintenance but would love to just build! Any opinions would be appreciated.
  2. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    maintenance pays the bills and acts as the bank that funds the installs.

    plus after an install, we do the maintenance.

    and we get installs from our maintenance customers.

    the only way to go!
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    I agree, my maintenance accounts pay the expenses, My larger builds help pay the bills.
  4. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,742

    Have a close look at where the design/build jobs came from. Sometimes your mowing route is your marketing machine. If most of your design/build was from your regulars, referals from your regulars, or neighbors of your regulars, you might not want to drop it so quickly.

    Landscaping is fairly easy to do. What makes you or breaks you is what work you can get.
  5. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 616

    We've toyed with the idea of dropping maintenance and snow over the years and exclusively focus on installs. We haven't come to terms with the idea of losing the steady year round cash flow-which has come in handy when install work gets slow. My opinion to you is to find a balance between the both, and dont lose sight of what pays the bills.
  6. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,945

    Something else to think about... your best portfolio shots (and happiest customers) will come from the installs you maintain for years after. Maybe that plant's not working there, or something needs divided to look good again. If you did the design and the install, you're in a good place to make minor tweaks to really dial in the design. I'm actually looking at getting back into maintenance because I'm sick of designing a naturalistic planting and having the mow and blow guys shear everything into gumdrops and throw out the perennials with the weeds.
  7. bullethead

    bullethead LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 273

    Say it aint so - but infortunately you hit the nail on the head - there are so many people doing maintenance that flat-out should not.
  8. markam70

    markam70 LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Posts: 223

    we got rid of all maintenance accts a few years ago. now we focus on istalls only and refer all maint requests to 1 specific co who does quailty work.

    this resulted in much higher profits and MANY less headaches.

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