Providing lawn service at a longer distance than normal

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jay9437, Nov 20, 2004.

  1. Jay9437

    Jay9437 LawnSite Member
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    I have a good commercial customer that recently wanted to know if i would be interested in maintaining the property at his hunting lodge which is located about 65 miles from where i am. I have not looked at the property yet but it sounds like it would be a pretty good contract. My question is has anyone had this type of situation where you had a considerable distance to drive to--- and what would be the average charge per mile excluding the amount of the maintenance contract? :help:
  2. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It would have to be really good money, and I mean really good. If its 65 miles away, that an hour travel time each way minimum. If the job takes you an hour to complete, then your probably looking at 4 hours of your time, realistically. Plus other expenses like gas, and wear and tear on your vehicle. It would have to be at least $250 for me to even consider it. I think after a few weeks, I'd be tired of the drive.
  3. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have this type of situation too. I have a Customer, that has property about an hour away. I take a smaller trailer , and do this account, and I charge roughly a buck a mile. It's mostly highway. To help offset this, I did some advertising around his area, and now have it built up to be a day run, so the mileage is spread around. It adds about 120 dollars, plus the ferry, 18.oo per way. It's kinda heavy to add this to just one account, why I did a little advertising, and got this to be a great run.
  4. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Is it every week or more like once a once. If it was just a once a month thing that can be done whenever may not be too bad.
  5. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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    Is there any benifits? Such as Hunting Priviledges? That there can sometimes be worth its weight in gold. That and if you can make somewhat a living on it. What the heck...... I drive 90 miles in the spring and fall to do aerations. I don't charge milage but I do very well there. I can usually bring in 800 in a 5 hr work day not including the drive. but hey I get to see my folks at the same time.
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    I maintained one about 35 miles away before and even though we charged a lot for it, in the long run it just wasn't worth it

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