Trailer parks?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by toac, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. toac

    toac LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've never bid on one before. They are average size lots for a trailer park - about 5 minutes of mowing per unit. There are 75 units. is $10 a unit too high or too low?
     
  2. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I would just stay away from them! There more trouble than there worth nothing but poor people looking for a reason to sue you. They will acuse you of tearing up their skirting,scratching their car and so on. Your price is on track for the size of the lots around here but not sure if there the same where you are. I might go as high as $12-$15 per lot just to cover your a$$.
     
  3. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Its a trailer park, nuff said!!!
     
  4. howardsells2000

    howardsells2000 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I get $25.00 a piece in a Mobile Park. Don't let these guys discourage you. I would only agree to do them for $10.00 a piece if you were getting the whole park. I'm not sure if that is what your asking. I have 6 of them. I don't have any problems with any of them. You do need to be carefull trimming around the skirting. Your weed wacker will tear holes in it.
     
  5. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Stay away. I used to do one and they are nothing but problems. They are right about the fact that people will accuse you of everything under the sun.
     
  6. Lohse's Lawn Service

    Lohse's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    from US
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    When I started mowing in one particular trailer park, I started out with one lawn. It's $25, takes me about 15 minutes to mow, trim, and blow. He has no gate up front so I use my ExMark. Then a few years ago, I picked up the old man next door. Then his son next to him. About 2 months ago, I put a sign up in the original yard that I started with. Now I have a total of 7 customers on the one street. And for most of them, my price is roughly $30-$35. Most not having big/no gates up front. I'm not going down on my price, even if I do end up getting several more customers. I sure wouldn't charge $10/lot. That could come back to haunt you!
     
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    there is absolutely NO ONE that is going to pay 30 to 35 bucks to have their "trailer lot" mowed. It just ain't happening. Furthermore,...that is JUST about what they are worth, though. By the time you go around the lawn globe, the two beds, the rock (that the mower won't fit between that and the lamp post), the birdbath, and then trim the 160 linear ft. of vinyl skirting.
     
  8. Lohse's Lawn Service

    Lohse's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    from US
    Posts: 213

    I don't know if we are on the same page. When you say "trailer lot" I think of open area with nothing but a fence line. Maybe I should have said "mobile home park." Sorry if there was any confusion. But I've picked up 4 customers on that street in the last 2 months and I charge $30-$35. Is that not reasonable?
     
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yep. I am refering to a designated leased partition in a "manufactured home community". :laugh: :drinkup:
     
  10. toac

    toac LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 350

    Update - it is 60 "manufactured home community" units (thanks Runner). I told him it would be $12 a piece - he said he was looking for someone to do them all for $200! I told him I figured it would take me and a helper about 6+ hours to do. He said at $200 per cut that we'd be over $30 per hour! I explained about taxes, insurance, etc. I went on to say that I can work for $10 an hour at McDonalds. Needless to say, I didn't get the job. He did call back later last night and said it was in his budget to pay $250!!!!!
     

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