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Bid on a shopping center. Need Help!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by mwalz, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. PA GrassChoppers

    PA GrassChoppers LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 127

    Ok I just read through all 9 pages. Did the guy ever call you back?
  2. mwalz

    mwalz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    Nope, i was giving it til tonight (Friday) and he didn't. Kind of disappointed, but i have better ideas for commercial properties that are much smaller. And will suit me better as of 2014 anyways. Small family owned places, like their is an insurance company here close that a single guy owns and not a big company, and a dentist office, also a vet is here close too. I want to try for at least a few commercial properties.
  3. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,765

    Funny thing is, the guy probably got a lower price than yours.

    You're 36" will dominate smaller properties anyway…nothing wrong to try and take one on like this shopping center occasionally (after all you need one or two BEFORE you run out and buy a bigger mower) but you'll make better money and likely have less competition for smaller ones, where "the big boys" are going to not want to waste time jamming in a big rider.
  4. mwalz

    mwalz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    Well i know from my experience the past few years, with my 21" went fast for the most part on smaller properties, and my 36" will dominate. Smaller properties get done a lot quicker, where you could maybe do one bigger job in an hour for $40. I could do 2 smaller ones providing they were close for $30 each and still get done before that hour is up. So i want to stick with smaller properties. I have 3 properties this year that are right next to each other, a 3/4 acre total between them, i can get them done super fast. About a lil over an hour with trimming. That's $75 for a lil over an hour of work. That's real good money.
  5. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 731

    There ya go! That's exactly what I was saying a few days ago on here. Sometimes a big property will bog you down and actually eat into your profit because you can be bangin out smaller properties. I have 5 yards all within walking/parking distance on one street! That is where I make good money. I can bang them out, and bring up my hourly net profit. Stay positive, and don't look at NOT getting a property as a failure, because it wasn't/isn't. It just wasn't tailored to your operation.

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