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Old 01-16-2012, 10:02 AM
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Default Spring clean up

I see spring clean up being offered by other companies, but I am not sure what is really involved. It sounds good and I think it will help me build up new cliental. Please let me know a little of what you offer in this service and how you would normally estimate such a job.
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Where I'm at, spring clean-up can mean lots of things. I do a lot of fruit tree pruning - that's usually what gets me on the property, I generally look around and take it from there w/ new clients. Established customers are looking at cleaning up storm damage, branches, some brush trimming, cleaning out landscaping, etc. I'm not a big fan of spring-time lawn thatching, but that's coming up before too long - maybe already where you're at.
I'm a fan of basing my estimates on how long I think the job will take - and I keep it as open-ended as I can, with lots of communication with the client. Bid-per job can yield the occasional $$jackpot, but if you're looking for new clients, I say it's better to impress them with your quality and know they'll be calling you when the next project comes up.
You'll need a pickup and/or trailer for hauling crap, AND keep in mind where/how you're disposing of it - dump (fees?), burn-pile, whatever. Be sure to remember the time it will take you to off-load whatever you're hauling.
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a spring clean-up is just what it sounds like .Deal with any leaves ,turn the flower beds , blow the walkways etc ,basically do what needs to be done to get the yard ready for the growing season .They can be a basic service or as advanced as you like .
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For those looking to add additional services, what others would you suggest for a more advanced spring clean up?
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My advanced cleanup: First, I pick up any leaves too heavy for the mower. Next, I pick sticks out of the hedges and blow off the roof of the house (gutters too). Then, I trim any hedges that need it. Certain hedges need deep-pruned in winter, so don't attempt it if you don't know your horticulture. After that I mow with clipping collection, and follow up by edging all applicable areas. Next, I blow everything down. Finally, I leave the customer the bill and take a pic of the property. Cheers!
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anything your comfortable performing can be on the list ,from tree removal,to gutter cleaning,christmas light removal ,garbage removal ,heck I would even evict the bums living in the ditch if the homeowner wanted me to .
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For those looking to add additional services, what others would you suggest for a more advanced spring clean up?
Here in FL, pressure washing sidewalks, etc... is an additional service many lawn guys offer.
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With all these great potential service ideas, what is your view on how best to sell them?

What have you found that works best to turn a $40 spring clean up into a $200+ spring clean up?
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Flower bed edging,
De-Thatching
Aeration
Fluff up Mulch in beds

Just some of the extras I can think of that have not been mentioned.
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With all these great potential service ideas, what is your view on how best to sell them?

What have you found that works best to turn a $40 spring clean up into a $200+ spring clean up?
SAY WHAT?!? $40.00 cleanup? There is no way I perform cleanups for that little. $75.00 is my minimum cleanup charge for one that takes 30-45 minutes. Part of the fee is what the dump chrges for me to dispose of the debris. Remember, a company's size can be determined by their profit but their health is determined by their profit MARGIN.
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