Starting Out...A few questions

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by b727guru, Aug 30, 2004.

  1. b727guru

    b727guru LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    In starting this venture into landscaping, I have come across a few questions that arise as I do research.

    1. Should I start with a residential equipment or go ahead and purchase commercial? New or Used?

    2. For the off-season, should I purchase a pressure washer?

    3. As far as a contract, I've heard of templates available for general usage, should I stick with generic templates or should I consult other sources (e.g. lawyer, books, county office???) for my business.

    Thanks in advance for your answers.

  2. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    you could start with residential equipment...i did. i don't recommend it though. a ztr cuts time in half. i don't know much about the pressure washing in the off-season--i do know i wouldn't want to do it in the cold! you have to think about who your client base is. do you need a contract? commercial yes...residential i dunno...depends.
  3. C&S Services

    C&S Services LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    I started out April of this year and this is what I have done.

    Commercial mower (demo 52" toro with baggerand 2 year extended warrenty $2600.00
    othr equip ( echo trimmer b/p blower, toro .5 hp high wheel mower bought at local home depot
    other tools (all at wally world)
    I'm from NH so we plow or snow blow off season
    Contracs do a search on Team Gopher he has several good ones that I am thinking of using.
    Last buy a digital camera for quoting bid it is a huge help!!
    Hope this will help.
  4. C&S Services

    C&S Services LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Sorry 6.5 hp mower!!
  5. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,040

    Hi b727guru,

    Here is the link to the free contracts.

    Thanks C&S Services for remembering it.
  6. Mowerboy04

    Mowerboy04 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,447

    i would start out with a used zero turn but don't know much about pressure washing.

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