Would you take this work?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Schuley, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. Schuley

    Schuley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    36 duplexes, for a company that cares for elderly and disabled adults. I estimate at 15-16 hrs of work bi-weekly, so 30-32 hours of work per month. $25/building. $1800 per month. They are small, not much work, no gates, pets, toys, just want it mowed bi-weekly thats it. So 4, 8 hour days per month to complete them, (i'd work longer days) for $450 per day, it figures out to $56.25 per hour. That all includes drive time, and trimming edges once per month. Its a lot less than I want to work for........but if they give me a 1 year contract for the lawn and snow.....It seems tempting.... what do you all think? With my equip and hauling a$$ I can probably do it much quicker....
  2. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 996

    $56.25 per hour solo? If that includes drive time, unload, mowing/trimming...Yep, I'd take it.
    Actually though, if it's the normal 1/4acre lots duplex I'd bet you could get it done in one day at about 10-12 hrs. If you can knock it back to 24 hrs. /month you're in the $75per hour range and again, I'd take it.
  3. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 998

    x2! .
  4. Schuley

    Schuley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    right now i'm able to get $75/hr or more, (not all week). I have a bunch of 30-36 dollar lawn within 5 minutes of eachother..... so it helps. But if I was getting my regular rate for all these places it would be way higher. It breaks down to $12.50 per side...which makes me want to shoot myself..... lol
    I havn't been able to see the properties either....just a few phone conversations so far.... We'll see what comes of It I guess, Im just worried that the "the jobs are only about 5 or so minutes apart" might turn into 10-15 minutes apart...
  5. RCSindiana

    RCSindiana LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    If you can fit in in your schedule without having to ditch better paying work then I would definately take it. Its all about making your money while the grass is green.
  6. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,275

    I think I would do 18 one week, 18 the second week. Basically instead of doing 2 or 3 days every 2nd week, you'd be doing 1 - 1.5days a week. This would leave you open for other work. Would also make it easier to catch up on rain days etc.
    Dont put to many eggs in one basket!
  7. hornett22

    hornett22 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    how much are you gonna make after all the bitching? elderly people like to stop you and ask you the same question over and over for 45 minutes.every week you will still be the new guy.
  8. rlong97150

    rlong97150 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 110

    LOL. As someone who mows in an elderly community, I resemble that remark.

  9. Paul's LC

    Paul's LC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    this is an excellent point
  10. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    Very true, I do a small condo place and its always, why do you go so fast? How do you turn?! It sure does get old, but its kinda funny after awhile.

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