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  • #16
    Hi Chuck,

    Very nice work!

    Knowing what you know now, if you had to rebid the job, what would you bid it at?
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    • #17
      I would probably bid it similarly & I woulduse less labor to do it... Cause I'd spring for the skid steer rental & save my back. About .50 cents per square foot. I suppose

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      • #18
        Chuck,

        As you experiment with these different jobs, do you find there are some you enjoy doing more than others or some that you find are more profitable than others?
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        • #19
          Yes I do find there are jobs I don't like & others I really enjoy.
          Lawn Care has become the backbone of my business but I do alot of trimming, prunning, & property clean ups (harder work but usually better money per hour). I enjoy landscape design & installation but I don't do as much of it as I would like to as the economy is tough now & new construction is really slow.

          I don't like trimming tall trees & I like tree removal even less.
          I don't offer these services or if I do I sub it out to a tree company that has the equipment & liability to cover those tasks.
          Tree removal (unless there is a risk of it falling on a structure) seems like a shopper item. People don't care about quality or experiance there, just as long as the end reult is the tree is gone. So the margins seem low to me... The real tall palms don't get trimmed often enough (cause they're hard to get to) so there is usually alot to trim off, alot of waste to haul off & time involved. People don't want to pay enough as they see it as just another palm tree, Why's it so expensive? the answer is it's 35 ft tall & it hasn't been done in 2 years! I can't do those for $25 or so. So I just steer clear most of the time.

          Pulling weeds sucks too, some people are willing to pay your hourly rate & some are like no way, I'll get my neighbors kid to do it, and that's fine with me too. We have fire ants here that make pulling weeds particularly unplesant.

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          • #20
            How often do you find yourself selling landscape projects to current customers who you provide lawn care service for?

            Do those customers buy such upsells from you or are they mainly new customers who get the landscape projects?

            Then do they later sign up for you to maintain the property after the landscape project is complete?
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            • #21
              This time of year most landscaping is from new customers, then I try to pick up the maintenence for them, I start making suggestions & talking to existing customers in the late fall when the grass slows down again. If a regular customer asks about a new project I tell them I can surely do it for them & would be happy to, though they would probably save a few dollars if they can wait til the weather is cooler & we aren't so busy with maintenence.

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              • #22
                Chuck,

                In the past we saw one of our forum members, Tim, talk about how he would create landscape designs to present to a maintenance customer to show them how he could improve on their landscaping.

                Have you found yourself doing that yet or will you?

                Do you talk to the customers about problems with drainage on their property? What have you found was the best way to come up with landscape ideas and then present them, even if you weren't approached by the customer first?
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