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4000 landscapers in WA state

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dkeisala, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. dkeisala

    dkeisala LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    I just read on article in the local newspaper that said by the Washington state department of licensing records, there are 4000 LICENSED businesses under the landscape catagory. So, I looked up some census data and did a little basic numbers crunching. There are 2,271,398 housing units in the state and another 484,698 establishments in the state, totalling roughly 2.8 million structures. That averages a pool of 700 potential clients for each of the 4000 licensed providers. If you are one to look at statistical data, those numbers are pretty discouraging considering only a small percentage of those 700 clients are looking for our services at any given time.

  2. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,581

    You have way too much free time!!!!!:p
  3. dkeisala

    dkeisala LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    Yeah - I know! It's 2pm and already rained 3/4 of an inch, what else is there to do?
  4. turf9

    turf9 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    not much diff up here in Langley 4000 what the
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    that is a lot. But I wonder where most of them are located at? You could find out where the majority of the competition is.
  6. Let it Grow

    Let it Grow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 476

    Yeah, a lot of them are probably over in your area! Although there are quite a few over in my neck of the woods.
    Did that report say if all of those had contractors licenses?

    Good luck with your 700!!!
  7. dkeisala

    dkeisala LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    No, it didn't give a breakdown or specify what types of services offered. I was just kinda surprised by the number plus you just know there's a boat load of unlicensed ones running around. Just need to be that much sharper I guess.
  8. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    Yah, that's the downside for having such lax licensing criteria. In WA, anyone with a bond and insurance can be a landscape contractor. You could know nothing about the trade and be fully licensed, bonded, and insured as a landscape contractor in 2 days! The downside is it makes it so easy that everyone can do it - and they do!

    I am not saying this is all bad. I rather like the way WA does it compared to OR - which is the whole other end of the spectrum. Here, you have to be married to the governor's daughter, have a PhD in horticulture, have worked for a licensed landscaping company for 10 years, write 8 job reports for each year you've worked for that company, and pay a gazillion dollars - and that's just to take the test!

    But the upside to the Oregon method is we don't have nearly as many licensed landscape contractors. Although I bet the number of those who are unlicensed and still doing landscaping work are 5x what they are in WA.

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