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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MOturkey, Aug 31, 2006.
This is nothing new...... I noticed that about four years ago.
About a year ago I had one account that was a bit out of the way but I saw another guy there regularly that has several accounts in the immediate area. Same for me, I had a few in an area and I'd see him drive down the street and twenty minutes later leaving.
Kinda funny we were eating breakfast one morning at the same place and that subject came up, he had one account where I had 4 all within 1/2 mile of it, I had one near where he had 5. We were each familiar with the size of each others lawn in the areas we were talking about, approx the same income off of each so we traded. Now less 10-15 minutes less windshield time for both of us.
What the heck... it's not so much... Don't we lco's love to work for peanuts.
We use tons of machines, gas, trucks and labor and we love to give it away.
I do stucco repairs on sites I mow, and one of them the other day, I billed $1,800 for a 6 man hour repair... and that is normal in stucco work. And might I add, with just a trowel and some parging mix. No big machines etc...
LCO's need to wake up (I have)
When I first moved to my new area it appeared as though there were guys running everywhere cutting grass with small trailers and Harry Homeowner riders. As time has gone on though I have come to realize that a lot of these small time operations aren't cutting for money. Familys down here go back a long way and a lot of these guys are just doing their mom's, grand mother's or sister's yard. There are new subdivisions after new subsivisions with big houses in them going up all over the place here and next Spring I am going to hit them with a virtual tidal wave of marketing. Most of the real LCOs here are after commercial and the residential market is largly untouched.
Same here and it gets worse every year.
Sleepy time is over, it's time to wake up.
once again i agree with k.c. duracutter 1800 canadian money = jack shizzle united states money.
I have noticed the same and will eventually take my neighborhood back from the overcharging lcos by using lowball tactics.
It's not lowballing.
It's called being able to take advantage of inflated pricing because you are able to cut the fat in your business and make a profit.
No it is not your imagination as we lose good paying jobs due to foreign slave labor more p[eople are picking up mowers it really doesn't bother me because I provide a service most cannot match. Experience goes a long way!