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"Just won a big one" comes to an end...

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Herrick, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,355

    How many acres was it total mowing? Closer to 40? I'd think 50k would have been a good place to start. Based off what I'm seeing. I hope things work out.
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  2. Herrick

    Herrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 506

    I had a cluster of three that I was doing that was about 45 min one way from my house... A HOA detention basin, and two houses on 50x100 lots. After expenses I would have been better off at Mickey D's.....
  3. Herrick

    Herrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 506

    Total area was 46 acres. I figured up one time it was around 25 acres of grass. Not football fields of lawn type 25 acres.... Like 160 small lots 25 acres.... With crap every 20 feet in the lawn.... Bird feeders, rain gauges, flowers, flags, solar lights.... You name it, they stuck it in the lawn somewhere.

    I thought long and hard about upping the price and going after it again, after all, I knew exactly what it was going to take. But my equipment was starting to age... Another year or two of doing this and it would need replaced bad, plus I was wearing myself out, I needed more help. Then my dad has begun to have health problems, so he probably wasn't going to be able to he much longer.... Everything just said it was going to cost more than what I was going to raise the price. Better to walk away while I'm still sane....
  4. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,717

    You did in your original post ;)
  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,977

    Just curious....Whats your next move? Do you just go solo and do individual houses?
    I have alot of days that McDucks would be better lol.
  6. Herrick

    Herrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 506

    Lol... Original bid was 30k for mowing plus 6k for bushes... I guess I left that out.:dizzy:
  7. Herrick

    Herrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 506

    Trimming the business down to the equipment that I need to run by myself. Chasing work over the winter to hopefully fill up most of my schedule. Also looking to expand services... I've got my pest license, so I can push that, plus I think lawn renovations will be big next spring. Next few months will be the toughest, hopefully well have some snow to fill in the gaps.
  8. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,977

    Thats sounds good, Ive had several oppoturnites to get "big" but turned them down, I enjoy being solo.
  9. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,597

    Did they show you the bid?
  10. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,280

    Yep. I have had many opportunites to get larger properties. Every spring through various contacts I get calls wanting me to mow youth centers, common areas, office buildings (owner of wife's company) ect.... I am not set up for these types of accounts nor would I want to be at this time. I see my buddy who does these larger accounts with his multiple crews getting more grey by the year. Let him make pennies on the dollar. Once I seen what these accounts get bid at I knew I was going to stay small or get really big where I could do volume and turn a few bucks.

    Bid jobs you are set up to do.
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