How much to sell my yards for?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by The Yard Dog, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. The Yard Dog

    The Yard Dog LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    I am taking a new job and getting rid of my side buisness.
    I have 115 weekly (non contract) accounts.
    They are $25 per week residential yards and pretty close together. We drive about 75 miles per week.

    Ive never sold yards before and am looking for some ideas.
    I have a truck and equipment but I am not necessarily looking to sell them right now.

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  2. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,673

    I'll be mean and say it "USE THE SEARCH FEATURE!"
  3. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I'll be doubly mean and say it, $25/week you've got to be losing money! even postage stamp lots are worth more than that.
  4. The Yard Dog

    The Yard Dog LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    My 2 man crew does 25 in 9 hours with no trailer, no zero turn and my overhead is practically nothing, dont talk abut peoples buisnesses you dont understand.
    But thanks for not answering my question.

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    GOATMAN GEORGE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Not everyone has no overhead out of the back of the truck. I think a solo guy would still consider taking that boatload and hiring a helper. You might ask for 30%-40% gross of one growing season?
  6. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,673

    Oh, we understand.

    GOATMAN GEORGE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    OP is right, you don't know what your talking about.

    $25 x 115 = $2875 per week in gross

    He could generously spend $16 + $19 = $35 in wages hourly (including tax, etc)

    40 hours a week @ $35.00 = $1,400 in labor

    75 miles @ 8 MPG x $3.75/g gas = $35.00 truck gas for 75 miles.

    Equipment Gas = $150?

    $1,400 + $35 + $150 = $1,585 in basic expenses.

    $2,875 in gross - $1,585 in expense = $1,290 weekly net/cover other possible expenses.
  8. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,948

    That looks pretty close to me but do t forget to add replacement and maintenance cost to equipment.

    Even with that the net might be 800-900.

    Another factor would be are these seasonal or year round? Other services provided on these lawns?

    The research I've done has been about 30% yearly gross for mowing accounts but I've never been able to actually purchase any.
  9. Southern Heritage

    Southern Heritage LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    I don't pay over 10% for any account with out a contract. I've bought 4 company's in 8 years. Who says they want fire me after first month and you pick them right back up. Good luck with sell
  10. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    I see why you are taking a different job

    But you trying sell non contact accounts is going be hard. If you can get your customers sign a contact before you sell them They be worth little more.
    I know some has paid 50% contact accounts of what you made from them last year.
    Then again are you push mowing these lawns?
    If so, may not be to many people looking for more push mowing jobs @25 per lawn.
    Whats the size of these lawns?

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