Large Commercial Account. What would you do?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CommercialSnow, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. CommercialSnow

    CommercialSnow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    We are doing very well as a winter service provider in the chicagoland area and one of our clients wants us to do their landscaping also. It would be very easy maintenance. And would be a full time job for one guy 40-50 hrs / week with all the equipment necessary(we would need to buy it). Or it would be 20-25 hour/week for a 2 man crew. There is over 50 locations and they need mowing every 2 weeks so basically 4 locations a day for 2 weeks for one guy or 8 locations a day every other week for a 2 man crew. they are small locations spanning all over chicagoland with locations separated by 15 mins or less. Would you have one guys do it and buy all the equipment or sub it out to a 2 man crew and let them handle it with their own equipment?
  2. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,909

    Are you in the maintenance field? I would take this as a grand opportunity to expand your business at a comfortable rate. You would be able to offer new services to all your clients if this isn't already something you do.

    Take your time and think it through. Run the numbers twice! And when your done if you decide to venture into this field make sure you let all your other clients know that this is a new service that you are offering! Good Luck.

    BTW. In this down economy its hard to turn new money away! Sayin?
  3. R & R Yard Designs

    R & R Yard Designs LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 646

    If you don't mind, what company is this for. I can help you with numbers if you want
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  4. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,265

    I would say you would run one guy into the ground...
    Better with a two guy crew
  5. JayD

    JayD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,062

    Man, I wish I could have this problem to deal with....
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I learned if the job is more than what I can wrap my mind around, leave it alone.
  7. Surf'n'Turf

    Surf'n'Turf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    great way to challenge yourself! so most of your lawns are 1,000 sq ft or less?
  8. Greenleaf Lawns

    Greenleaf Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    There is over 50 locations and they need mowing every 2 weeks

    they are small locations

    They better be small or you will be hating life, every other week accounts are tough. I have two but only because they are right next to other accounts. They always look bad in my opinion, but the owners don't seem to care. I am not proud of these accounts at all. In my experience every other week accts will not pay an upcharge for your extra time so they are simply - trim and mow NO BAG and they look it...
  9. CommercialSnow

    CommercialSnow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    they are fast food restaurants with minimal mowing. so 2 weeks is ok. I am debating buying equipment to do it in house or sub it out. We usually take the summer off, but this opportunity is too good to pass up.
  10. R & R Yard Designs

    R & R Yard Designs LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 646

    CS get back to me about this, i would like to talk to you when you get a chance.

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