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Lawn Care Vs Pressure Washing

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kebrowns, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    I was doing solely pressure washing, but recently added lawn care and realized:

    1. It's more repeat business and also quicker to build up lawn care clients
    2. You wash a house for between $150 and $300 and the job last about 1hr to about 4hrs. I can also do driveways $70 and up, sidewalks $60 and up withing 45 minutes, and fences 150 and up within 2-4 hours.
    3. With lawn care you drive here and there for about an average of $35 per lot. 4. Pressure washing is one location not that much travel required therefore not worrying about gas and chemical that much.

    So I guess my question goes out to the experienced or to those who know something about pressure washing as to which one is a more beneficial in the long run. My biggest concern is I don't want to get tied up with one and can't do the other.
  2. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    It sounds like youre looking to stay a 1 man show.

    In that case lawnmowing is profitable and dependable.

    No reason you cant do both. Build up a lawn route that takes 3 days a week for steady dependable work, and powerwash the other days.
  3. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
    Messages: 979

    I pressure washed for a bout 3 years before I started cutting grass once I decided to cut lawns I never looked back. I hated those early season calls spraying water in the cold is not for me.
  4. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    Doing both is a good idea. The other things I'd suggest you look at is is there demand for a good crass cutter? Is there market for pressure washing? What competition is there for each service? Is the market flooded for either?

    You shouldn't start each "just because" if there is a market for a service should be your first priority.
  5. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    Well, there are tons of lawn companies around. there are also a lot of pressure washing too. But there are way more lawn care companies here. But ever since I advertised for lawn care my phone rings more. But if my lawn care picks up I will do pressure washing on the side. Its just that pressure washing do have potential here and there is a lot of money in it.
  6. Columbia Care

    Columbia Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 158

    My base business is lawn care. I also offer pressure washing and it help increase my bottom line. Several of my lawn care customers want their house pressure washed and are more comfortable using someone they deal with on a regular bases.
  7. ralph02813

    ralph02813 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Charlestown, RI
    Messages: 1,041

    I think this is the way to fly!

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