Potential customer house in service area/ business out of area

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NCL, Mar 8, 2004.

  1. NCL

    NCL LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 132

    I got a call to give an estimate for a potential customers house and business for complete maintanence. The house is in my service area near 6 other accounts but the business is about 15 to 20 minutes away from my closest customer, but the drive back to the shop at the end of the day could be between 40 and 50 minutes. Would you guys take it or pass?? :confused: thanks
  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,213

    Only you can decide on that question. Most all of us take a customer out of our range now and then. Its one way of expanding, getting your foot in the door of a different area. You have to weigh the "dollar" value of the new properties against the extra travel. This is a good way to get recognized with some of the commercial property owners. Some small business owners like to "show off" their properties to other business colleges when they visit each other. I have one commercial property on a main road that is very visible, best advertising you can get. I make sure its in top shape and receive many comments about the property...Good Luck with your discession.

  3. precisioncut

    precisioncut LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 654

    Charge accordinly for the distance if you do take it
  4. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    I would look over your schedule closer. Can you get some jobs in that drive back to the shop?
  5. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    If its 15-20 min one way, and 40-50 minutes back, wouldnt you still have a 25-30 minute trip back without this account? so just figure in 30-40 minutes of drive time into the bid, unless you really want it bad and dont care about the extra time.
  6. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,309

    Depends on how bad you need it. Sounds far to me but if business was slow I jump on it.
  7. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,267

    Thats a long drive back and when you get backed up do to weather it is going to delay you even more.I would see if you could get the house and refer the business part of it to a friend or maybe somebody here at Lawn Site.

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