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How far would you travel?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LWNMWR1, Mar 27, 2003.

  1. LWNMWR1

    LWNMWR1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    getting calls from people that are 15 miles out or so. how far is too far? any thoughts
  2. Dan's lawn care

    Dan's lawn care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    I would think if you can make enough to make worth going out that far it should be ok.
  3. Bouncer

    Bouncer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    I agree, no distance is too far if it's worth it to you! Be sure to consider all factors(mileage,gas,time,etc.) before you place a bid though!
  4. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    You need to keep your route tight to keep it profitable or else you need to get several customers that are within the same area to make the drive time worth while.

  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    15 miles is not a big deal at all IMO.
  6. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    I did a cleanup for a guy who was maybe 10-15 minutes away from in town (kind of too far IMO) and he wanted an estimate on the lawn and I just told him that I could only do it if he could get a couple of his neighbors to do it also because I told him $30 for his and that was a corner lot so if a normal lot there his neighbors might be $25 each so it would take say $80 to get me up there, otherwise it's not worth it I could be doing 2-3 jobs in the time it takes me to go to his place, do it and come back. Look at it that way what's your time worth anyway?
    :alien: :dizzy: :blob4: :cool:
  7. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    i have customers that are 15 miles away,and i make the estimate worth it to travel,don't go for 2-3 customers then it's not worth it.
  8. Ed Ryder

    Ed Ryder LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 541

    Yo Barre Guy!

    I have relatives in Barre! Man, that is hilly country! I haven't been there in a few years though.

    Go to where the money is at. If the customer 15 miles out is in a promising area, then go for it and try to develop it with more customers.

    But to go 15 miles out for one small lawn, it wouldn't be worth it. If you get that customer, you have to make a commitment to get more out there.

    I've been to Barre many times. It is way different there compared to the Philly area.
  9. Ed Ryder

    Ed Ryder LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 541

    In my market area, I have a large cluster of properties about 9 miles away. Everything else is much closer to home.

    Driving time adds up. It's best if you are able to keep travel time minimal.
  10. LWNMWR1

    LWNMWR1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    hey who do ya know?? small world here.

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