Work ideas

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Bleed Green, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. Bleed Green

    Bleed Green LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What kind of services do you guys offer? Can you give me some examples of different kinds of work that you do so i can get some more ideas of things I can potentially offer. I saw leaf cleanup mentioned for the fall time and snow removal mentioned for the winter, but are there any other things that could be added that I may not have thought of?
  2. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am also going to try flowerbed cleanup, shrub trimming, Gutter cleaning. I am also going to charge my customers atleast twice during the winter for cleanups. It will be the same price as a cutting service which will help pull in a little bit of service.
  3. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,365

    landscape weeding/spraying , lawn fertilization when permitted is something extra i do here in florida, along with shrub trimming. of course you need a license to do spraying and lawn fertilization!
  4. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    Dethatching in the spring is a good one for me. Just by myself I can profit about $900+/- per day during dethatching time. I also do spring clean-ups. And of coarse during the fall I offer the fall clean-ups which is also good money. You could try offering areation, irrigation services, fertilizing services, instalations of certain things, hedge trimming. The more stuff you can offer the better. People would rather have one bill for their mowing, clean-ups, irrigation, and fertilizing...instead of having separate bills for each service.
  5. Big Lebowski

    Big Lebowski LawnSite Member
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    I am desperately looking to do some add ons. I like the gutter idea. I am mostly comfortable with ladders. I have one account that I noticed that the gutters have little maple trees growing in them - and lots of them. No kidding probably 50-100 from what I can see and maybe I could replant them and sell them to a nursery. The gutter stays wet and apparently it gets the right amount of sun.

    So to properly clean a gutter. You use your hands, hose and maybe blower right?

    What about outside windows? Anybody offering that? If you can handle a ladder for gutters, why not windows? Those that do it, what do you charge? Is it the same if they are ground level or up high? How about pressure washing siding? Does anybody do that in the fall or is that usually a spring thing?
  6. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,365 you do floors too? come on now! :laugh: i had to say that! i see alot of guys advertising for pressure washing around here, but i don't do that..i'm a LCO, not a window washer or pressure washer., but i guess you can do that, not me though. :laugh:
  7. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I dont really know much about gutter cleaning. My plans were a ladder and to use my hands. Still havent come up with a form of charging though.
    I was thinking something like a $35.00 minimum. $.50-$1.00 per foot with discounts being a house that has gutters all four sides. I have an old pressure washer also that I may advertise for small jobs like walkways, courtyards and porches. I am also going to contact realestate agents that I know and try to land a few cleanup jobs here and there.
  8. browningv308

    browningv308 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    how about window cleaning to go along with the gutter cleaning or pressure washing concrete or changing air filters in the customers homes especially for the older customers --don't need to be licensed to do either of these
  9. Big Lebowski

    Big Lebowski LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    Trust me billslawn89. If I had my way I would just mow. Seriously, I actually enjoy it quite a bit. This extra BS I can care less about. I did a seeding job yesterday and made about $65 an hour. I made $85 an hour doing the same person's hedges. I didn't really care for it that much at all. I'd rather show up every week and get $25 to mow. I'd rather see $400+ doing lawns all day than seeing the same amount on one job that took all day. That's just me.

    It's true I'd rather cut grass than plant a tree. But I had read somewhere where somebody charged $5 a window. That could be quite a return for your time. And I need to be a little creative when it comes to making some cash right now. A guys gotta do what a guys gotta do. For example. I absolutely despise snow plowing but this weekend I will be coming up with my letters to see who I am getting back from last year. Ugh!
  10. GreenAcresLC

    GreenAcresLC LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Messages: 84

    I've done gutters a few times this year. Mostly on my elderly customers. On an easy cleanout, with minimal buildup, my handheld blower worked wonders. If the roof isn't too steep, and if the customer ok's it, I'll walk the edge and blow all the mess out into the yard, then clean any junk off the roof. The roof walking is a bit iffy, you have to be sure footed, and the roof has to be in good shape. This is a lot quicker than up/down/move ladder, repeat.

    I do believe that I've under priced this a few times, and have corrected since. I started out, for my mowing customers, at .10/ft of gutter, for easy blow-out cleanings. Meaning that a 40 x 40 house with gutters all around (160 ft of gutters) yields $16.00. Not a lot, but if I'm already there, it only takes a few minutes. If its just a gutter cleaning call, I've a $25 minimum for the service call, plus additional $.20/ft of gutter. So, on the same size house, that would be $25 for showing up, plus $32 for the cleaning, for a total of $57.00. I've thought of as much as $.50/ft on rough cleanings, but always seem to resort back to the .20/ft...still learning to be firm in my pricing.

    I've offered exterior window cleaning, and house washing, but I've gotten no responses this year on those two. Hope this helps

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