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im thinking about leasing out a very large warehouse and parking lot and turning it into a lawncare/landscaping/treeservice halfway house. for companies to big to keep all their equipment in the drive way but not big enough to buy their own building or a company that wants to take advantage of what we have to offer.

You would lease a certain size space inside the building and have all the room you want to pay for, use it for storage repair or whatever you need. It would offer community tools like blade grinders air tools and compressors, common tools like wrenches and hammers, just about everything you would ever need to work on equipment big or small.
It will also have a full time small engine mechanic to help or trouble shoot (he is extra $ for helping, free trouble shooting).

Office space will also be available along with a Secretary to answer your line and take messages. Things like a fax machine and copier will also be available.

Out side we will offer you an option to buy bulk mulch,trees.shrubs and supplies at a wholesale rate. along with areas to dump any green waste and areas for dirt or concrete waste. we will also sell common things needed like oil/trimmer line and other things you may need real quick one morning.

We will have equipment for rent like mini excavators, skid steers, dump trailers, dump trucks, roll off bins, bark blowers, hydro seeders, chippers, compactors, mowers blowers and whips (for when yours breaks), and any other tool or machine you would ever need for this industry. When you rent shop space you will get a discounted rate on equipment rental also.

for extra large projects or when your workers dont show up we will have a few workers available to "rent out" for the day.

Do you guys think this is a good idea or would you not be interested because your competition would be right next door?

Any other things to include?

Any thought at all appreciated.
 

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Im thinking a lot of lost/stolen tools. Even stuff one company may missplace, they may complain to you for the loss..Unless each place has there own lockable area, I think there will be problems...Its a good idea, that may need a little tweeking to make it run smoothly....Good luck..............:usflag:
 

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good idea but the price would be to high for lco to rent the space ...........
im thinking around 400-600 a month. thats really not that much. when the city cracks down on people for parking their "company" in the drive many of them go to self storage properties and pay a nice chunk of change just to park a truck.
i know of a tree service that pays over a grand a month just to park stuff in a self storage building and hes not allowed to work on anything in the place.
 

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around 20 is the goal.

the whole other side of the biz is to be open to homeowners to buy supplies and rent equipment to get the job done.

the do it yourselfers can come and get a rolloff bin filled with what they need, a wheelbarrow, tools and even there own worker they can rent to take home for the day.

or they can just come and fill there pick-up with mulch and some pavers.

and then the rental store should pay off the equipment.
 

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I want a 30' x 30' area to put a bar in your building!! I could see some real money being made at the end of each work day.

Do you think there would be problems having "competing" lco's that close together all the time?
 

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I want a 30' x 30' area to put a bar in your building!! I could see some real money being made at the end of each work day.

Do you think there would be problems having "competing" lco's that close together all the time?
with stripers? if yes then you pay no rent!!!

i belive that will be a problem for a few but i know im friends with many lco's and even though we compete for the same lawns and work us being friends or parking our equipment next to each other will make no difference in who gets the work. i believe the 20 companies will grow 10times faster in this envierment. we can team up to work together on large jobs (not saying everyone but maybe two crews would load onto one truck or something like that) we can buy things we all need in bulk to save, everyones phone will always get answered, we could even have meetings to share info on streamlining our biz to become more efficient (may not the last one thats to much).

we can keep all the work in our group of 20, i know alot of young kids that wont dare take down a 100' oak over a house so they just say nope we dont do that kinda work. pass it on to a member that does do that work. you get the idea.

This is far more then just a storage shed, its a way for a owner/operator lco to grow to the next level and compete with much larger companies by becoming efficient and prepared for the next job that may come there way.
 

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Sound good if your in the city LOL But I have no worries .
Only thing that I have to pass by the wife is how many trees can stay in the yard LOL
yeah this is more for younger companies with mom saying jimmy why the f do i have a mountain of grass in my drive way and your mowers in the garage and grease and oil in my kitchen sink!!! or again the lco that will see the benefit of having there guys on the road faster because they rented equipment bought supplies and rolled out of the same yard. its all about being lean, being efficient. so you can compete.
 

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more the better for me, if the building can hold it i will fill the space.

add powerwashers to the list of community tools along with welders and tourch sets and oil vacuums so we can use it to heat in the winter.
 

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you're gonna need 20 renters to pay for all that stuff!! Like said earlier-I'd be SURE to have private bins that each company could use and no one else can get into (without their permission)--but sounds like a tight little idea
 
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