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Drive 70 miles for 1 lawn?!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bob, Mar 29, 2001.

  1. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    The chain restaurant that I cut got a new manager. The landscaper at his old restaurant wants to follow the manager to his new location. It's 70 miles out of his way! As a matter of fact while I was mulching there today, the manager's old landscaper was there ripping out a bunch of shrubs. Is this guy crazy or what. He has no other lawns in the area.
  2. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    One word.......[​IMG]IDIOT!

    Hope it pays well!

    [Edited by KirbysLawn on 03-29-2001 at 08:05 PM]
  3. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    I dont know why the current manager would allow his former contractor to work at your site. Isnt this a conflict of interest for you?? Let alone the fact that this guy has to be out of his mind to travel all that distance for one account.

    Just my .02
  4. Freetime

    Freetime LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    I don’t know why companies do this but we see it all the time coming from places 70/100 miles away just to cut 3 properties and then have to wait on the money 30/60/90 days. If a property is 20 minutes away out of the city I think about it before we go and make sure we get paid what it is worth. Going on a forty minute round trip to do ten minutes cutting does not make sense with the best calculator. I would rather have the golden egg than the 90 day old rotten one’s. Maybe someone can come up with a good answer about the traveling for so little?
  5. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    the longest i travel is 20 mins, for 3 stops but the price is $135 and takes about 2.5 hours with driving, about 3 acres total in cutting, but we maintain all the landscape as well, and are targeting that area for new growth this up coming season, alot of real rich people in the devoplement so it will be worth it in a year or 2 when we have 6 or 7 accounts in that area.

    oh yea that guy is a fool. at best it would take him 1.5 hours to get to that job if its all freeway or open high way.
  6. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    Many large businesses, with properties scattered around a state or region, will look to have one provider service all their properties. They have a good working relationship with the provider, and know that they will pay a premium price for all the travel. Don't laugh about travel time; I don't mind being paid the same hourly rate to drive as to mow.

    The positive for the customer is that they have consistent service - all properties have good appearance; no hassles with a dozen different contractors, with different ideas about quality. Another plus for the client is consistency in billing - no need to audit constantly to see who is trying to rip off the big guy with fictitious billings.

    But in bob's case, it sounds like the new manager and the contractor from the old site have some special relationship. No matter what the relationship - personal, economic, combination, other? - this is a losing situation for bob, unless he has a signed contract for the property. While not a foolproof safeguard, it would make the new manager think more closely about who will provide the service at this property now.
  7. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    Some of you are saying he is a fool, but maybe he takes in alot from this account.
  8. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    I'm charging $65 per cut for this account. His price can't be that far off from mine. 3 hours of travel time and 1 hour of work equals $16 per hour.
  9. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    Maybe it's only one job now and maybe he's looking at your area as a new market. I think it's time to talk to the new manager before he has your job.
  10. cajuncutter

    cajuncutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 626

    No way I would make that drive. I think I would head for the lake rather than drive 70 miles to make 60 bucks!!! At $0.33 per mile in vehicle expense for 140 miles comes to a grand total of $46.20. After several trips that is a lot of wear and tear. Like I said I opp to fish!!!

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