How far would you go?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawn-Scapes, Aug 2, 2001.

  1. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    Wealthy nieghborhood with the potential to double what could be made locally....

    What's the furthest you'ld travel to target that business?

  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I drive 8 miles to where I work. The homes are much bigger and so are the lawns. ;)

    If I had to, I would drive a 1/2 hour one way to get nicer accounts.
  3. wallzwallz

    wallzwallz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    I do drive 1/2 hr each way for my better accounts,but it is worth it. Just try to line up enough work to make a day out of it at the higher rate, should cover costs nicely.Also the better client has more non-mowingwork, pruning,edging,etc. so I fill Mondays + Tuesdays w/ these + have winter work 3-4 days a week, pruning ocean view + brush mowing.Would i drive any farther? prefer not to.
  4. Bob_McNaughton

    Bob_McNaughton LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    I live in a nice area, but the lawns are small, and nobody has sprinker systems. - so they dry out mid-summer..

    So I am mowing 1-2 days a week in my area. Then the rest of the week I am driving 25 minutes north to a uber rich area where the lawns are bigger, everyone has sprinkler systems, and people are picky and want professionals.

    Thats my plan at least..
  5. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    In my area I find that the "good" accounts are all lying in a 6 mile radius of my shop. So I guess I do drive a little, but not to one particular area. I find some of my nicest accounts are right near my house. If there was a better region with in 35 min drive time, in which I could land some good accounts, you can count on it that I would be drving there.
  6. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    this is tough, ok true story, my aunt wanted me to start taking care of her lawn 2 years ago and i said i would, only thing is is that its 35 mins away from my house ( not close to any part of any of my routes). so i started to take car of her lawn, then her neighbor wanted me to do his as well. so now i'm driving 35 mins for $55 total time with driving is 2hours. not good i know. so last year my aunt moved to a bigger house 1.5 acres now its worth it with the 2 (only 5 mins away). so we're cutting my aunts house and a lady stopped and wanted a estimate, i said no to my father who was with me but he insisted that we go. so we went to look at it and the lawn was in great but bad shape with lumps everywhere ( cut 4 days prior and it was high already). so i was thinking yea we could do this every 6 days with the other 2 on the route, so i bidded her at $35 and she took it, then she asks if we do any landscaping, and we said yes. well to make a long story short we landscaped the front of her house last year (5.5k) and did the back this year (another 5.5k), mulched her neibors house this year ( 2k) and take care her one of her friends fathers house.
    ok now to explain all of this, if i didn't take those drives to my aunts house and try to expand to another city way out of my way i wouldn't of did those sales that i said above and wouldn't of got my name out to a very rich part of that city.
    it was worth the risk of paying a guy a hour to sit in my truck on the drive out and back. i had the extra time to do it then, if i had to go out their now and do just my aunts house i don't know if i would do it.
  7. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    Bob-how do you know where your customers will come from?

    you may find, as i did, they can come from the unlikeliest of places. I have two days of cutting in the city, 15 km south of where i thought i would be.
  8. I have one that is so far away that we leave the equipment there to mow it

    It's about 35 - 40 min each way from the nearest account

    It takes about 3 hrs round trip and he pays $350 a week to cut

    I left my old Dixie, weed eater, blower, and push mower out there

    The sad part is I leave that out there He said he would buy what I need to do the job
    But I couldn't use them to do the other jobs I picked up in the last couple of weeks

    Now we don't leave the equipment out there any more and have almost a full day there and now can use the mower for the rest of the week

    These places are the best Missouri river bluff views in St. Louis

    Any ways who would pay 17 million for a house itÂ’s beyond me

  9. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    I appreciate the feedback...

    It seems everyone agrees on 30 minutes. I am thinking about a 60-75 minute drive.

    Is that insane?

    I think it could be a $35/hr vs. $75/hr difference...
  10. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943


    Thats too far. I can be anywhere in eastern Maryland in 2hrs. Would I like to mow there?>....Heck NO!! Stay close. You may have to look for it, but customers are everywhere. If you want to drive that far, so is everyone else! It would be too much competition it that "special" area. The key to a smooth, money-making business is STREAMLINING..~~!!

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