How Far Is Too Far???????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by John P., Nov 29, 2004.

  1. John P.

    John P. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I have a feeling this question may have been asked before, It's a good question to think about and i too am having trouble with it. How Far from you house or wherever you run your business out of is too far. You could say i wouldn't't go any farther then 20 miles form my house, but say you have one house 20 miles away and then a person wants you to do their house too and they live only 2 more miles form the house that is already 20 miles away. Do you say no or yes, because you could be firm with your limit of how far you won't go, but what if it is close to a job you have? WHATS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE EVER GONE JUST TO MOW A LAWN?
  2. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    Have money? Will travel. If I am getting paid what my time is worth, I will travel anywhere in the county that I service. :)
  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Go 33 miles to mow a lawn. But its like Paul said it has to pay very very very well!

  4. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Yes...have money will travel is just need to charge approiately. For mowing....I have no problem telling the client that they live outside my target area, but I will refer them to a friend of the business. I recently pulled out the zip code map in my phone book, scanned it, enlarged it and printed it. I study it frequently and learning quickly. I am coming up with a plan on how to charge according to zip codes and driving times. The killer is the free estimates. If the service is say....20 minutes away, I try extremely hard to give a "ROUGH" estimate over the phone. Be sure to tell them this is a rough estimate. Should they accept, then schedule the job. It would be much easier if all I did was work the business side of the business and had crews working. Nothing worse than being solo and spending all your time estimating. Last spring I mailed out 5000 postcards. Since I am part-time (work about 45 hours, 3rd shift) I found it very difficult finding time to give estimates, doing the work (one time jobs), starting the mowing season and working full-time. I could not handle all the calls, but mowing estimates were placed on high-priority.

    Like I said....draw you a map and charge accordingly compared to location. I went to the GIE this year and spoke with a guy that had a company that serviced around 3000 chem app customers. He found a niche. None of the locals in the city wanted to travel a far distance to service customers. He simply priced them accordingly and won a lot of that market share.

    Good luck!!!
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    approx 35 miles to mow at 6,000 sq ft lawn. The only reason I went that far is because I did two other places of his. It was a package deal. But no more! The longest that I travel now is about 9 miles
  6. Cheesedawg1

    Cheesedawg1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 283

    Charge them the right price and travel as far as u neeedddddd.
  7. Del9175

    Del9175 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    My closest lawns are about 13 miles from my house, with the furthest being about 25 miles. I have turned down work that is only several miles from a property but that was due to traffic. Well, traffic and the fact that I knew I wasn't going to get paid anymore than what the job was worth to someone already servicing the area.
  8. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,220

    Like other said. You want to pay me and i will come as far as needed.
  9. satch

    satch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I mow two apt. complexs for the same investment group.One is 58 miles in one direction the other 46 in the other.Its a long way but i am paid well for this two properties.Bottomline its all about the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. Ol'time Lawncare

    Ol'time Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 497

    How far??? i drive 32 miles to Atlantic city to cut a small lawn in front of Trump casino witch only takes me 20 minutes. the driving time is 6o minutes in total and 20 for the lawn , 150 for the job. every week!

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