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How was your season?

Discussion in 'Seal Coating Forum' started by shepoutside, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    With the extended warm weather, at least in my area, combined with a dry summer, I would think most had a great year. I had a great year, and still have some striping jobs to do, but have finished the sealing for the year. The outlook is for a repeat in weather next year, after a wet spring.
  2. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    :confused: Guess nobody wants to share
  3. Steve in Newmarket

    Steve in Newmarket LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Hey Shep, season was better than last year, which is a good thing. Looking forward to next year, adding hot crack seal, and line painting. (ALL fingers crossed!)

    Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, yes, Christmas! Politically correct my ass!

    And all the best for the next season.

  4. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Glad to hear, if your area is like mine, line painting will do you well !!
  5. Added Touch

    Added Touch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Hey all just came across this forum. I am looking at purchasing a trailer mounted system with a 100 gallon tank, 5hp honda motor and 75 feet of hose. I had the opp. to use it to help out a friend who is getting out of the business, and basically just serviced his customers. It looks like if you hussle and keep busy that a team of 2 could do 10 or so average 1000square foot drives aday, and for these we would cahrge about $110 Dollars. Weuse the Black Max McAsphalt product as well. For what it's worth it seemed to be hard to spray consistently below 60 degrees. That's all I've got, just kinda putting it all out there to generate some discussion. I would welcome any feedback or the opportunity to discuss successes.

    All the best,

    Tom from Niagara
  6. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
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  7. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    Well, I think for our area (Ontario) that you need to make sure of your costs first, before you price it. Figure all your costs, Material, Equipment, Insurance, advertising, salary, worker comp ( needed if you have even 1 employee) fuel, ( both machine and truck) etc. I'm not sure if there is a depot in Niagara, or if you flip the border for material, but for me, I need to go to Toronto. ( don't forget that tanks need to be registered in Ontario, and that it's illegal :nono: for anyone to fill them with out the number, which must also be on the tank.) Where you buy material, can help get you registered for your number, which is free. The regulations are now so tight, and high in fines, that you should treat this as a business, and run legal. Most if not all the "fly by nighters" are no where to be found in my area now. The last one I know of, had got caught, and was up to 8 grand in fines.

    Now having said all that, I run legal, do a great job, and aim for repeat business, and charge enough to pay my expenses and have a nice profit after it's all said and done.

    Good Luck!

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