Part-Time Aeration business advice

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Viking Aeration, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. Viking Aeration

    Viking Aeration LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Hi All,

    Chris Thomson from Ontario Canada here, I have been thinking of starting up a simple small Part-time Aeration Bsns here, and was wondering if anyone had any advice on the Fol areas? ;

    1 - Will most likley use a easy transportably Plug Aerator, walk behined. I was thinking of the Plugr? Thoughts? (PS I eed to be able to buy it here in Canada)

    2 - Marketing, what have you all found to be a effective way to market this sort of service? (Flyers etc..?)

    3 - What should one charge for this type of service? (I am in the Military nd my boss showed me a flyer he got) (that's what got me thinking about doin this) it said "Full power plug lawn aeration $39? Now personally this is a price point I would believe most homs would have no problem accepting! BUT! do you all think it's to low? thoughts?

    4 - Not sure but since I'd do this on evenings and Weekends I'd say 1-3 jobs per week consistant I would consider this to be a fairly successful part-time venture? do you all agree? Or do you think one shoul be doing a lot more?

    5 - Any other advice? (the only other thing I can think of would be is; I picked this becasue this seems to be 1 very important area of lawn care tha the average person/ Family just DOSEN'T do! Its a pain, they have to rent mchn, which I can assure you 99% don't even bother) so I thought hey, with 1 machine I might fill a void?


    6 - Any other advice tips?

    thanks very much in avance!
    PS there is only 1 other "Aeration dude" in my City of 150,000. BUT there is about 25-30 listing for lawn/lanscape companies.
    Is there still room for a Aeration Dude!?
  2. SongBird LawnCare

    SongBird LawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    you know there's room..

    do as much as you want..

    and you have to specify how big your lawn is man.. the one that got qouted for $39

    your not telling how big it is..
  3. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,901

    I would really think about the price of $39.00 because a person cant even rent a aerator and do it himself for that price! I personally wouldn't aerate even the smallest lawn for less than $70. if you buy a Plugr you will definitely want the hydro. The plugr does a great job and pulls tons of plugs but they aren't the fastest. the plugr 800 hydro will run you over $3 grand. I would spend some $ on advertising charge what the job is worth, believe me aeration is not a easy job and if you dont charge enough and get a bunch of jobs just because of the cheap price you will be kicking your self. you can charge twice as much and do a great job and you can do half as many lawns and make the same amount of $$

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