Texas Roll Call

Discussion in 'Network: South' started by PlantscapeSolutions, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. j_s

    j_s LawnSite Member
    from DFW Tx
    Messages: 2

    2nd full year one man operation. probably bought too much equipment first year.
    gross sales first year less than 10,000. residential first year but wanting to bid on hoa's and smaller commercial contracts like micckey d's, banks, single lot condo's, fourplexes, etc.

    anybody out there have any resources for searching out companies looking for bids/RFP? tia, jack
  2. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    Looking for Houston area maintenance companies. We've got three apartments we need to sub out. Let me know
  3. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
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    Many companies turn and run at the idea of bidding apartments. The management companies try to wring every penny out of you possible for extras they should be paying for. Then when their is a management company changes your fired in two seconds and end up getting short changed.

    I'm not saying this is your situation but subcontracting apartment work sounds like it would be a tough thing for many to sign onto doing. A sharp stick in the eye sounds like a better deal much of the time.
  4. Scott@CPS

    Scott@CPS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    Hello. New guy from Houston here. I started off in business 7 years ago with an exterior/roof cleaning company. Turned out i hated it and sold it to a competitor after 4 1/2 years.

    A year before we sold, my wife and i started a Pool business, which we still run today. Weve tried to not expand too far out of our preferred service area, so now that organic growth has started to slow, we've decided to expand into lawn service (seemed like the natural progression...haha), and tap into our current customer base. Day 1 of new operations will be March 1st.

    Already have a crew assymbled, but just starting to buy equipment and picked up a 32" Toro WB. Trying to decide on trimmers and blowers, but figure I'll stick with stihls. Just gotta figure out exactly what i need. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

    Anyways. Good to be here.

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  5. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
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    The problem with a 32" is they have skinny tires but they weigh just as much as a 36" which come with much bigger tires. Rutting and traction can be a problem. Plus everyone has 36" gates now so you lose production with a 32".

    Hopefully you do well. Pool and landscape care are night and day different. The pool guy is legal and has an easy job driving from place to place and never really has to do any really hard work.

    The maintenance type guys are a different breed who are probably not going to be legal. They have a much better work ethic then the pool guy and can handle long hard days that would make the pool guy run for the hills after just a week or two. It's extremely difficult to find decent Foremen who have a drivers license which means they are legal. Finding legal Americans as crew members to do lawn service work is a total farce at best.

    Hopefully you do OK but starting a lawn service is rarely as easy as you think it will be. Often it's baptism by fire.
  6. Scott@CPS

    Scott@CPS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    Yea my biggest concern was the size of the gates. If i determine,i need a 36 ill just go buy one. Just found a 32 for a deal i could,t pass up.

    Im ok with baptism by fire. Lol. Thats how ive started each business, and done well in all of them. Its all about education, though i have no,illusions that itll be easy by any means. Going to be starting and growing slow.

    As for the types of workers, i dealt with the same issues in my exterior cleaning company. Its def a different animal altogether.

    Thanks,for the well wishes.

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  7. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
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    Hydrostatic mowers are also much better then the belt drive units like the 32" but they are twice the price.
  8. Scott@CPS

    Scott@CPS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    In your opinion, what makes the hydros better?
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  9. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
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    The hydro's have a real reverse and the don't have belts that slip when they get morning dew on them. The hydro's can be more dangerous in the hands of a novice as well. They have a much more powerful drive system that will run you right over if you panic.

    Most guys start with belts and then move up to hydro's when they can afford it.
  10. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 977

    It has been a while since I read the regulations but I am pretty sure a licensed irrigator must be a full time employee before you can use their number. You also have to put the TCEQ irrigation statement on any advertisement that mentions irrigation.
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