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  • #16
    The "vacation people" seem willing to pay more, as they know it's a temporary thing. They also don't seem to be interested in shopping around TOO much and seem to be OK with any price within reason.

    Almost the same situation with young professionals - they have the money - they don't have the time (or desire) to maintain their own homes, so they agree without hesitation most times.

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    • #17
      Do you try to sell them additional services that are catered to vacationers?
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      • #18
        Good example of a Vacation service Job.
        I got a Vacation Job on a referral yesterday the couple is going away for 7 weeks.
        This lawn would be a typical $35.00 mow Cut, Trim, Blow out of here 1/2 hour or less.
        But because its a Vacation Service it becomes a $45.00 and I can fit it in were ever I want in my schedule, Its like an extra $45.00 dollars each week for the next 7 weeks $315.00 for the service and if you do a real good job there are always Tips and sometimes full time contract.
        I find there is a huge market for this in the winter when people go south and want the snow removed for two weeks or so.
        I also find this is a good service for Oil Platform workers 6 weeks out you mow six weeks back they mow. same with Duty military and in communities like this word of mouth goes far.

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        • #19
          I got a Vacation Job on a referral yesterday the couple is going away for 7 weeks.
          This lawn would be a typical $35.00 mow Cut, Trim, Blow out of here 1/2 hour or less.
          But because its a Vacation Service it becomes a $45.00
          Why is it a higher fee because it is a vacation service?

          Also, how do you promote that you offer vacation services?
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          • #20
            Why is it a higher fee because it is a vacation service?

            Also, how do you promote that you offer vacation services?
            Usually Vacation service is a 1 or 2 mow service, so just like a one off I charge a little more the convenience of having someone come and do your lawn while your away I also will snow blow your walk and driveway when you go down south in February for a higher fee then a regular seasonal customer. as for advertising I have it on the back of my business cards, web site as well as I included it on my flyers as an added service and as always word of mouth.

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            • #21
              Why is it a higher fee because it is a vacation service?
              I charge more for temporary and one-time jobs because it is taking time out of my schedule that could be going to a long-term customer. Our most valuable asset in this business is the available slots in our work schedule.

              If you're just starting and you have open slots anyway, maybe you could charge the same as a weekly customer. However, if you've got a pretty full schedule and someone wants a few cuts they should expect to pay a premium.
              Boughter's Lawn Care Services Mowing and Fertilizing in New Castle, PA

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              • #22
                Oh that is a very good point!

                I wonder if there are property management companies in the area that deal with cabins or rental properties in your different areas that you could market to about your services and if that would help you land more of such customers.
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                • #23
                  I just took on another $20 cut today located directly across from a $25 cut.

                  Unload once, work for 50 minutes maximum, get $45. Works for me.

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                  • #24
                    Well its been a great week for me.
                    Hot and sunny and three new full time mow jobs.
                    That brings my total to ...............Drum Roll .............
                    9 Full Season Mows
                    2 Full Property jobs
                    5 part time mow jobs
                    and
                    2 current real estate jobs and 5 completed real estate jobs.
                    and still growing

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                    • #25
                      I also booked my first Snow removal job for the winter today.

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                      • #26
                        Just mowing grass is a good money maker. However it's the other services where I MAKE MONEY- Example today spray the grass to kill it for a small bed (4x8) , 1/2 yd of mulch. mulch around 6 shrubs, mulch an exisiting flower bed, clean gutters, and pwer wash a carport, oh yeah install 10 plants (flowers). Bid 600 dollars, cost 150, and about 6 hours of work. All for an existing customer of 1 1/2 acre yard at 60 bucks a week. Extras are good money.

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                        • #27
                          That is very interesting! Do you find your extras or upsells tend to have a higher percentage of profit than your mowing services?

                          How does that profit percentage differ?
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