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Do you guys service out of your locale area?

justmjc

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
michigan
Got my first call of the season for a quote today from a lady in my city. However, her call was for her mother, who lived about 15-20 miles away, out of the city that I advertised in. Now, I know that's a lot of drive time for one account, and she already mentioned about a discount because she's a senior citizen. So she most likely will not pay the "drive" time and my rate, I'm sure. She is 100% out of the way of any of my accounts. I don't think I'm taking her on.

But, does anyone service out that far? I could see having a days worth of work out there, but not for one. What do you think? :rolleyes:
 

SodKing

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
New Hampshire
Just bid on a job that is about 4 hours away. I t should be a 3 week project worth about $70,000.
 

BW4486

LawnSite Member
Location
Starke,Florida
I dont think we do anything that is imside of 20 miles from us.
we have done properties as far as 100 miles, but I wouldnt recommend that
 

Rhett

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Destin Florida
Depends on the drive time and if you are trying to expand into that area. Around here during the season a 30 mile round trip would be about five hours out of my day
 

olderthandirt

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
here
40 miles 1 way just to start work SodKing thats gotta be the largest chunk of lawn to mow and then you just have to start over so that 70k gonna turn into 49k by the end of mowing season lol Stick to installs you get to come home when your finished

Mac
 

SodKing

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
New Hampshire
I will also say that our mowing and chemical crews don't out of the towns we service, generally with 25 miles of the office. I don't let the mowing crews stray out of the town they are servicing that day.
 

SodKing

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
New Hampshire
Mac,
that $70,000 job is an install down in CT retaining walls & patios. If i organize it well i think I can get the crew in and out in about 13 days.
 
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justmjc

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
michigan
Topgunlandscaping, pm me a way to contact you. I may pass on my overflow work, or distant accounts that are closer to you. No matter how I slice it, I'm looking at a 25 min drive time each way. I'm not looking to expand there either, so I'm not making any money that way.
 

mtdman

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
A2, Michigan
Taking accounts that will require lots of drive time is not profitable, imo. Unless you can pin the customer to pay for the drive time. My very first attempt in this business I took jobs wherever they were. I was driving half the day, making no money. Doesn't make sense. If people call outside the area I mainly service, I don't take the gig. You don't have to take every job that comes your way.

:D
 
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