What would you do?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by CNYScapes, Jul 5, 2014.

  1. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 916

    Thanks Chile, I agree there are alot of top LCOs in this area but this does not scare me it motivates me. It also tells me that there is a NEED for this service and they are willing to pay for it.

    I closed on my house there (east cobb/Marietta) 2 months ago but have not moved down yet. This put me in a position to need lawn service. I called and requested estimates from close to 10 companies. 7 out of 10 provided quotes, most within 2 days some within 5 days. 2 days was the earliest quote I got. Lame if you ask me. I can do better than that.

    In addition, the lowest quote I got out of all of them was $50 per cut, trim, blow, edge. I was shocked, this would be a $35-$38 lawn where I am from. the $50 was from one guy, most of them were in the $65 range with one guy wanting $75. Maybe you can clue me in on why the prices are much higher there? By the way, Im not complaining Im loving the higher pricing for when I get down there.

    I know Ive got a lot to learn.down there. You didnt answer my question, buy a small biz or spend on advertising?
  2. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,954

    One reason for the higher prices is there is no Snow plowing. There is a good chance of drought. Many lawns are cut every 2 weeks. Georgia is very hot and humid all the time in the Summer. Workers definitely earn their pay.
    I would buy an existing company since you can pay cash
  3. Efficiency

    Efficiency LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 6
    Messages: 1,857

    Obviously you are are committed to moving but if snow put you over the edge, why not delegate vs throw in the towel? Walking away from the best profit center because there is too much of it doesn't register with me.
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  4. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 916

    After 20 seasons of it, Im burned out. Also sick of the rotting trucks from all the salt on the roads and just the general freezing cold weather. Not sure where you are from but we usually have snow on the ground from Late November all the way through end of March. Thats a long time. Not to mention the ice which results in slip and falls on commercial properties on which the clients hold us responsible.

    Can you tell Im sick of it?? lol Its time to move on and Ive done very well up here so I can comfortably make this move.
  5. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Seems as you got it under control. Good luck.
  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,648

    Well I can say the Southern Summers are miserable and sometime the heat can literally kill you.

    I looked at a business in Mariatta 2 years ago for 85k, but opted not to buy it as I don't want to move back into a big city.

    You may be able to find a solo business for the value of the equiptment.

    As Chilihead said the competition is fierce, and I would not let one experience convence you that prices are high.
  7. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Messages: 1,969

    Advertise. Build it from the ground up, your way.:weightlifter:
  8. Service.com

    Service.com Sponsor
    Messages: 804

    I bought an existing operation with 30 accounts when I started out. I like that route best if you can get the capital. Gives you some income and a good starting point. Lets the previous owner show you are the area as well if you are new.

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