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How Far Will You Travel for Lawn Accounts?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SoloSulkySurfer, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    So far I have kept all my accounts about 10 mins or closer from my house. But recently I have been giving alot of estimates about 15+ mins away. How far is to far? How much do You charge for travel time in a estimate? Im sure that some guys who work in more rural areas would be happy to travel 15 mins between jobs.

    These lawns are mostly 50' by 100' lots that I normally price at 32.10, if they are 15 mins away I have been charging 36.75 is that fair? All are within 10 mins of other yards. Oh and save me the "wont drop my gate for $30 BS.
     
  2. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    At this point, I'd drive 30min just to get a account! :rolleyes:
     
  3. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    I guess the LCO's in west Texas would be out of work. That's one big disadvantage of living in a rural area. This year I have about a 18 mile route that I try not to venture far from. Most of my work is in two towns about 7 miles apart. But I have went as far as 45 minutes for a bank I worked for but i charged them for it. Sometimes I envy those that work on one street or block all day but then again we rarely ever have any traffic problems.
     
  4. markahurley

    markahurley LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    what's with the $32.10? how did you come to that amount? does that 10 cents really make a difference? i find it a little hard to believe anyone has the figures of operating costs narrowed down to that degree.
     
  5. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    I just gave the amount with sales tax. I guess Im just use to giving estimates that way, otherwise some customers get pissed when I add the tax to the bill :hammerhead::hammerhead: Its really $30 and $35. thanks
     
  6. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,326

    I would consider myself in a rural area and 15 mins not an issue. See what you get and try to market that area more so your doing 3 jobs 15 mins away to justify the drive.

    FYI I drive a extra 30 miles for one account that takes 3 hrs but it is a 12 month contract that pays $350 a time. So a morning a week to cover the mortgage isn't that bad.
     
  7. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    what tax? I was told by a cpa here local that I shouldn't be charging sales tax to do labor only jobs.
     
  8. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    Some states charge tax on labor. We will probably get it eventually while they try to figure out how to balance a budget. They tried to raise a cigarette tax but that doesn't go over very well in tobacco country.
     
  9. SHADESOFGREENLAWNCARE

    SHADESOFGREENLAWNCARE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    In NJ you charge sales tax on lawn mowing if you are legit.:walking:
     
  10. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    gotcha....
     

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