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Would you take this work?

Schuley

LawnSite Member
Location
South Central WI
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....
 

Raymond S.

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Michigan
$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.
 

360ci

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Kitchener, ON
$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.
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Schuley

LawnSite Member
Location
South Central WI
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...
 

Mickhippy

LawnSite Platinum Member
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!
 

hornett22

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Glastonbury,CT
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.
 

Paul's LC

LawnSite Member
Location
Minnesota
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.
this is an excellent point
 
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