Wait times for Jobs to begin

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by pullingrass, May 2, 2012.

  1. pullingrass

    pullingrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    What wait time for a construction job to begin is too long? We're booking for 6 weeks right now and a few to book over the weekend which will take it to 8 weeks easy. The jobs run between 5k - 20k.
    Right now I'm ruining one good crew which I'm comfortable with. Did 2 last year and really flopped. But would be willing to do again with the 2 great guys I have now. Each guy has about 8 yrs experience. Which is a blessing compared to the guys I had last.

    Any advice?
  2. patpls

    patpls LawnSite Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 80

    I'll take a guess you meant running one good crew, not ruining.....
  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    I'm about two weeks out and its about the busiest I've ever been. Kind of nervous and its stressful knowing these couple rainy days are really going to jam me up. I had a great guy working for me that knew rvery aspect of concrete and masonry and i finally felt comfortable leaving the job for an hour but he got called back to his union job and now I'm really jammed doing everything with my full time helper. Answering craigslist calls now :/. I would also like some input on booking/scheduling.
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  4. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 645

    We run 4 install crews and still book 4-6 weeks depending on the season and jobs. Obviously in the late summer and fall when things are slower we can usually start jobs sooner.
  5. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    For me it is the same stress to have too much work as it is to have no enough. Do you normally stay booked up through the working months? If you can add guys without adding trucks and equip then go for it. Also pick the jobs that are the most proffitable. On alot of jobs all you need is a pickup and handtools to create that second crew
  6. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    Finding skilled guys you can trust seems to be the hardest part of the equation
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  7. zak406

    zak406 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    If your backed that far up I can assume you do good quality work. If that is the case I think any wait time is acceptable as long as you state and make clear to them about tthe issue. Unfortunately in life to get good quality products it involves a wait time.
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