Start up service plan

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jjvvdd, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. jjvvdd

    jjvvdd LawnSite Member
    from kansas
    Posts: 26

    Okay, I'm new, be nice.
    Here's my offer to new customers.

    Spring/Fall clean up ($100 to $150)(Blow out leaves,pull weeds,trash,limbs,hedges)
    Mow
    Trim
    Blow
    Edge (this will be extra)

    Landscaping will be done as per job basis.

    Will this be enough to be considered a real service?
    NO sprinkler, NO fertilizer.
    Thanks! :D
    Dodson Lawncare
    1998 F-150
    Honda 21" Comm Mower
    Echo Hedge trimmers
    Echo Chain saw
    Toro Dual Trimmer/Edger
    Weed Eat Blower
     
  2. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    "A 'real' service?"

    What is the question?
     
  3. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
    from -
    Posts: 4,041

    Hi jjvvdd,

    If you are providing a service that your customers need then good! That is real.
     
  4. nt1

    nt1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 298

    Basic services:
    Mow
    Trim
    Blow
    Edge(included for us)

    Other Services:
    Spring / fall clean up
    Debri removal(trash,limbs,lawn waste,etc.)
    Hedge and shrub pruning/trimming

    And landscaping on a "as needed basis"

    Is that your list of services you are offering?

    If so that sounds like enough to keep the "average" customer.

    You listed a weed eater blower so I will assume that is what you use for clean ups. I would strongly recommend a large cc backpack blower for this. It will save you much time and effort on clean ups.
     
  5. jjvvdd

    jjvvdd LawnSite Member
    from kansas
    Posts: 26

    :waving:
    Yep, I was asking if those services sounded legite? I am wondering about offering aerating without fertilizing. Does this make sense?

    JD in KC
     
  6. KCLandscape

    KCLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

    sure, aeration is great on its own
     
  7. jjvvdd

    jjvvdd LawnSite Member
    from kansas
    Posts: 26

    I haven't saved enough for an aerator. Would renting one from bledsoe at 36.00 for two hours and 54.00 for the day be worth it or is their a cheap model that will get the job done for around 200 or 300 dollars?
    Ideally, I think renting would be good if I could line up 3 or 4 jobs but I'm afraid starting with the add in the paper they will come sporadically if at all.

    JD in KC :waving:
     
  8. KCLandscape

    KCLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

    get one of the new Billy goats, they are much easier on the back than the ryan/bluebird models, Call anderson rental in Mission, good guys and they have both models.
     
  9. mikestr

    mikestr LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Posts: 87

    Schedule the jobs accordingly. When they sign up, tell them the date is "X" and do it then when you have 4-5 or 6 in one day, rent and go nuts. In the next batch of people so the same. Tell them you are really busy and next "SCHEDULED DAY FOR AERATION" is "X" Most people will raise an eyebrow with, "scheduled date... " just my 2 cents.
     
  10. Pro-lawns

    Pro-lawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 58

    depending on what you charge for aereating it can be costly
    i did this last spring i got a few customers a head and rented one
    when all said and done i only made 250 dollars after renting the aerator
    but if you do it right when the fall came around i called my spring customers
    and let them know that i was doing it for fall and then i also did my lawn mowing customers
    i bought a Ryan lawn aire for 2,100 on my credit card
    and paid it off in a month and a half it was worth it

    some thing you could think about is also do power raking
    with the aerating as a package deal
    i have sold 5 of them so far at 175.00 each
    based on a 10k foot or less yards
    as i take phone calls i willl be very busy come march 1st
    thats my start date
    so if you plan things right you could afford a aerator
    i just order a blue bird power rake
    it was 1000.00 and i will pay for it in a week
    then i have to get started on the wifes new kitchen
    i promised her for letting me charge these items
    i hope this will help
    pro-lawns
     

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