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Parking Lot Maintenance

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by corey4671, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    Last fall I bought a Little Wonder HPV for use on some commercial accounts I have where there's a lot of asphalt that needs to be cleaned up from time to time. I got to thinking about offering a service to smaller commercial accounts for parking lot maintenance. Nothing big like a Walmart but smaller lots like banks or small strip mall retail locations. Seems to me between the HPV and the BR600 I should be able to make quick work. Things like cigarette butts and general trash. What do you guys think? Anyone currently offering anything like this? Seems like it would be easy winter money. Get up early before most of these accounts open for business and get done for the day. Before you say it, SNOW IS NOT AN OPTION HERE FOR WINTER MONEY :waving:
  2. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    I thing you could make a ton of money.
  3. 1993lx172

    1993lx172 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,305

    I would see about buying/renting/leasing a skid loader with a pick-up broom. I think that the dealer on 9th street should be able to give you a good deal. Last time I was there I saw a Toro Dingo with a pick up broom out front that was taken in on trade from what I was told I would look into something like that as well.
    You have to do something with all that trash once you get it to the other end of the lot, so I would look into a dump insert as well.

    I know of one guy in the area that offered lot sweeping but I think he is out of it now. He sold off both his Dodge 3500's (he lives in the same subdivision that I have a few yards in) which he used to tow his goose-neck trailer with his skid and attachments around. He used to have the trailer in front of his house at least once week but I haven't seen it since last fall. I think he is only doing remodeling now (The guy re-did one of my client's kitchen and bathrooms). I think that you have a good shot at exploiting an untapped niche in the area.
  4. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    not looking to get into anything that I'm going to have to invest in more equipment. Want to better utilize what I already have. If I had to, I also have this 13hp Billy Goat loader mounted on 6x10 trailer if I needed to pick up large amounts of debris. Between the Little Wonder HPV, Stihl BR 600, Billy Goat loader and Little Wonder 13hp blower I feel like I could offer this service to smaller locations like banks, fast food, and small retail/office space.
  5. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    The easiest route would be private business I think.
  6. bigshow825

    bigshow825 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    sounds like a good idea, how are you going to go about charging em for tha service? the lil strip mall up here that i mow has me clean up the parkinglot ever so often, with my br600 it takes bout an hour half, i charge them 45 hr, 1 hr minimum.
  7. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    see I just don't like hte idea of pricing by the hour. I think it turns people away especialy when they hear numbers like 45 and 55 an hour. I always try to stick to giving a flat rate for service but I understand why guys do it. Some visits there may be more trash than others. Way I see it though, let's say like where you are charging a minimum of 45 for that first hour. How many visits do you realistically go over that hour? Let's say for four weeks a month you show up and three of those four weeks you're in and out in 30 minutes each week but the one week you spend an hour and a half. That's three hours for the week and you are still averaging 60 and hour to blow trash. I think customers, especially commercial accounts that are squeezing every penny til it screams will prefer to know that they have a flat rate they are going to pay and as long as the job is getting done they'll be happy.
  8. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    All of our commercial accounts opt for us to clean and or blow off their parking lots during the season. Our commercials pay monthly for 12 months of service. Included are the mowings, spraying, trimming, weeding, and parking lot cleaning. Sometimes, parking lot cleaning is all that is needed during the off season. Our small medical clinics are in need of cleaning especially after busy weekday patients. The thing to remember is that some or most will require weekend services. 5 of our clinincs are done on Sunday if needed. Doing a complete clean off will require you to do the work on the weekend.
    I use BR 600's and the PB755T's. Still keep a commercial broom and 55 gallon buckets for the corner debris. Use the fascility dumpsters for the discarded material.
    I do one fascility that has 40,000 sq.ft.---nearly an acre of concrete--not much!! but still takes me and hour at most with the winds blowing and swirling. We do it for 35.00 a week figured into their 52 week contract. The commercial sweeper trucks cannot do as good of a job in getting those corners and tedious areas that we can get.
    Good Luck with your venture............it will pay off!!
  9. ox6603

    ox6603 LawnSite Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 84

    You may infact have an untapped niche... Or maybe not, these things are often done at night by sweeper trucks. You may be able to make some money but it isn't seasonal and they may want it done at night
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  10. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    If you are venturing into this category of maintenance, clearly-don't do this service in the evening hours as a solo operator. Pick n' Choose you locations for reasons of safety and security.
    I have been approached on several occassions over the years from bystanders and wayward strangers wanting money and cigarettes. ALWAYS KEEP YOUR EYES SCANNING IN THE DISTANCE!
    The larger ticket commercial and industrial sites, are done by commercial vacuum trucks, so the idea may be a little far off. Target the smaller markets where the commercial trucks don't service.

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