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Maintenace...dos and donts??

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Creter, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. Creter

    Creter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    The 66 unit condo complex I reside in is having issues with their contracted landscaper. I've done work not related to landscaping for this place in the past. Up until last week nobody had been through to maintain the property. I brought it up to the senior member and I got the job of going through and weeding/pruning the property. From that I also got an 11 yard mulch job here on the complex.

    I removed 8 thirty gallon bags of weeds and half a medium sized dumpster of prunings in 6 hours.

    If I was to enter into an agreement with this place what's the dos and donts?
    • Is it a flat rate each month or is it billable time and material?
    • Do you do it once a month or twice?
    • What's a decent price?

    Also it's a situation where there is 26 properties in all. I don't want to lowball my way into the work. I want my dependability and quality of work to win the contract. That way I also I don't have concerns over the guy that is contracted for the work, it would be his fault for not showing up etc instead of me undercutting his pricing.

    Any ideas and advice would be appreciated!

  2. thesargent

    thesargent LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    DO NOT - Lowball
    DO - Have a set monthly price
  3. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    Have a set price per month & do it as needed. This should be a bit easier since you have already done it once. Beware that they will try to get you to do it when they want to have it done. If that's the case, give them an hourly rate + disposal fees. DON'T LOWBALL! Depending on you area, the hourly rate for manual labor here is usually $40 to $60 an hour or more since you have overhead to be covered. Also, get your applicators license so you can spray those weeds instead of pulling them. You will be much happier w/ the results & the amount of time it will take you.
  4. Creter

    Creter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Ok, thanks for the tips! What is you guy's opinions in regard to Yellowpages? I got a salesman from Yellowbook offering a 2x4 ad in three categories (Concrete, Home Improvement & Landscaping) for $140 a month total.
  5. greg1

    greg1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 139

    You Da Man! I love your list of tools and equipment. I remember when mine read something like this.

    * 1970 ford half ton (rusted)
    * shovel and spade
    * bow rake
    * pick
    * wheelbarrow
    * access to grandpas tools
  6. Creter

    Creter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    I'll be adding a scoop shovel to that list by the end of the week, LMAO.
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,297

    No condo complex is going to pay $40/hr for someone to do simple weeding and tree maintenance...maybe half that much. Weeds can be controlled with chemical and should practically elimate weeding.
  8. DuraCutter

    DuraCutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 806

    That "you" know of. In this neck of the woods, we're getting $50/hr per man to weed and $70/hr if it involves anything more than weeding. And this is condos and all summer long, as many hours as we want.

    It's like this old story I heard once. A guy had a hot dog stand and was doing great. One day things slowed to a crawl in sales and after a week he decided to quit cause it wasn't making enough money.

    What he didn't realize is that construction 20 miles up the highway had rerouted some traffic.

    Moral of the story, you never know until you investigate thoroughly.

  9. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    Advertise with them, I have already had five calls this week from the ad I have with them and picked up 3 new accounts. My phone rings all the time from the calls I get from them. Do an ad in color 1 or 2 its worth the extra cost and ask your rep about the buy one get one free under a different heading.
  10. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,286

    I have a 1/3 page ad ina phone book here and I only get calls from cheapos looking to work someone to death for nickels. No phone book ad for me next year.

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