May have landed big job, Good or Bad oppurtunity?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by LawnBoy627, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. LawnBoy627

    LawnBoy627 LawnSite Member
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    So I received a call from a realtor yesterday that heard about my business through a friend of mine. She said there has been an opening in my area to maintain all foreclosed homes in her district. There is 100 yards in the district, and my job would be to just mow and go. Not really concerned about quality, but just concerned about getting the job done. She told me I would just have to take a before and after picture to prove the work is complete. They would pay me $4200 a month to cut each yard twice in the month. She also said if thought that would be too much work I could cut the workload in half and do 50 yards for $2100 a month. This deal sound good to me because I am recently new to the industry and this deal might really jump start my business ( Get me new clients ect) I am pretty sure I could handle 50 more yards because it is just a mow and go. What do you guys think about all this? Would you take the job? Is it too much?
     
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    As long as you've got a good mower, you can easily do all 100.

    The biggest problem with that arrangement though is that it's 2 times a month. Doesn't leave much room to take on other weekly clients, but.....

    In the off weeks from these accounts, you can fit in other landscaping work for your current clients if you so wish.

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  3. LawnBoy627

    LawnBoy627 LawnSite Member
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    Thats the problem. I wouldn't have that much time to take on any other work. Thats why im thinking about just sticking with half the yards so I would have time for my other clients. If I did all 100 yards every two weeks that would be about 10 yards a day. Im not sure how many yards I could handle in a day.
     
  4. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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    thats not bad man, Thats just over 40 bucks a yard for mow blow and go. i would jump all over that. This could very easily jump start your business and get you going on the right track. Heck if its too much hire a part time guy for 10 bucks an hour to help lighten the load so you can bang them out faster.
     
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hire someone and take them all. That's some alright steady income, and on top of it they are bi-weekly.

    Show this agent you mean business too, so taking them will show them that.

    Also, hopefully the housing market is going to turn around shortly also. So maybe some of these houses will start falling off your list as time goes by and you can get other accounts to fill in as you go. We recently had the most house sold in one month since the housing market crashed. At least in our area, the tide might be turning.

    I'm not about taking on Foreclosure properties, but I also know that money is money. I'm not that stupid.
     
  6. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Realtors suck. They want something for nothing and they will always say we will have ..da da da and in my experience 99% of it never happens. There are a few exceptions but few there is. I will do work for 2 realtors and that is after 28 years. Pretty soon they think you owe them because they gave you a 35 dollar job you probably lost money on. They will call 15 minutes before a showing and want something done before that.

    I might add there is a reason they are contacting the new guy in the area.
     
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  7. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
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    $21/yard is the figure I read 100 yards times 2 equals 200 cuts per month. Divided by $4200 is $21/yard. Need to figure out if this is profitable to you.

    I would look at how tight of a route it is (most likely not to tight). Also you need to make a procedure to get all the pics, upload them, and email them off (which could take some time). Do they charge more for first time mows? (aka 2 ft tall grass).

    For the schedule side of things. There is 4 weeks in a month for the most part. Break them down in groups of 50. Do the first 50, the first and third week (mon-wed or less days). Do the second 50 the second and forth week (mon-wed or less). This schedule would give you time to fill Thur and Friday with regular customers that you need to build your biz.

    I don't know your market but the $21/visit is cheap around hear. I mow for a realitor and get $35 or more per visit. First cut is by a $75/hr rate. I get paid within 10 days of when I email the invoice. No pictures needed.

    I would counter the offer and see if they budge. They most likely know its way cheap and is the reason they are looking for someone.
     
  8. R&S Lawn Service

    R&S Lawn Service LawnSite Member
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    You could take all 100 and do 50 one week and 50 the next and so on, since they only need 2 cuts per week.
    We used to do forclosed homes but in my area they started paying less and less each year so we got out of it.
    Good luck!
     
  9. DAR57

    DAR57 LawnSite Member
    from NW Ohio
    Posts: 212

    Check about pay schedule!!!! Some are less than a week after submiting bills and some are 90 days. Use unmarked trucks. Dont want mow n blow to be the word around town. Use the money to grow your business.
     
  10. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
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    might be a good start. you could also sub out a few to help you out. Are the properties close enough to get 2 an hour? Also their is an opportunity cost. If you dont have any other business then its good. But if you are having to give up or postpone work that you can bill for $50 + an hour then it will be costing you money to do the foreclosed work.
     

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