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Old 10-31-2008, 09:36 AM
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Hello Everyone,
Just wanted to introduce myself.
I'm Just starting my lawn care Service and to be honest
a little nervous. I got here on accident, after being a real estate
agent for several years my business was killed with the housing crunch,
so I went back to driving truck. I drove truck most of my life, I did network marketing, and then was offered a business cleaning up bank owned homes.
Well after you clean them up you get the lawn service 2 cuts a month for $100.00. I have 17 homes, so I decided to expand it to regular homes.
My three sons have joined me ages 8,14 and 17 so we named it My Three
Sons Lawn service. I have allot to learn but we are excited and ready to roll.

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Hi Jim,

Welcome to our forum! I like your business name a lot!

You have a great history. What kinds of things do you feel you are able to bring to your lawn care business from your previous real estate and network marketing business? I am sure you learned a lot of great marketing concepts.
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That's a good start Jim.
That's a great name too. When my father 1st started his lawn service in 1989 it was called My three sons.... He changed it later, one because by then there were 2 more & to get 1st in the phone book. His was ultimately AAA Clean Cut. Years later he & I opened AAA Quality Cleaning (a new home construction cleaning business). He sold his off around 98' & when I opend this a couple years ago I just combined the 2 names.

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Thanks Guys
I learned allot about marketing in real estate, but the most important
thing is you can't beat a referrals from a happy customer!!! When my wife and I started out we had no budget, so we made up a flyer's that we dropped off on door steps. We picked a good area with a start of 200 homes. We made it cool with interesting facts, a recipe of the month and what the housing market was doing. People loved it, but you have to know that you must hit a person 6 to 9 times to be noticed and you have to stand out. The magnet video is great one of the best magnets here in Modesto is a fridge calender for clients, so your name is always on their mind. Constant contact is key, and follow up with this line

OH BY THE WAY...
I'm never too busy for your referrals!!
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What advice do you have for lawn care business owners who are looking to get into the business of cleaning up bank owned homes? How can they get their start and are there any hints you learned or downsides to it?
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I got into cleaning up bank owned homes by accident, I had a friend doing it. and he needed some help just cleaning the house ( I had a cleaning company 10 years ago) after I started cleaning some of his home I spoke to a real estate agent I knew that was selling REO's (bank owned Homes) she refereed me to a company called Singlesource when they called they asked if I could give them a bid to do everything, clean out the trash, clean the house and do an initial lawn cut. My real estate friend gave me some average bid numbers for this area and included in all bids is lawn service. The companies that handle most properties are called preservation companies, and most are nation wide, SafeGaurd is a huge one. I haven't been getting to many bids lately I went from 2to 3 a week to 1 every two weeks. This part of California has a ton of people doing this. The preservation companies have web pages to fill out vendor Apps. Safegaurd.com is one. Another good way is to look at the signs on bank owned homes and call the agent that has allot of them ask them if they are getting good service, they deal directly with the bank sometimes. Competition in bidding, bid too low you don't make enough bid to high you don't get the job. The wost thing is it will phase out over the next year!!! That is why I'm going for regular homes.

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Hi Everyone ! My wife n me recently started a lawn care business in Ft. Myers, Fl. Our business name is S & I Lawn care.For starters all we have right now is a 22" push mower,trimmer n blower by Weed Eater. We know it's not the best equipment to have but we're just getting our feet wet sort of speak. We currently have 5 customers once we pick up more customers we're going to invest in some quality equipment, a zero turn mower n trailer. We currently charge .003 cents a sq. ft. "example" a lot 75x150=11250 total sq. ft. My fee would be $34 to cut it. Is this a good method or should i do it another way ? We're open for any n all suggestions !
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It's hard to say if that is a good way to price because we don't know how long it takes you to mow that area for that price. In other words, with a push mower, if that takes you about an hour to do, I think the price is good. If it takes you less than an hour, definitely a good price. If it takes you a lot longer than an hour to complete the job (like 2 hrs) then to me the price is low.

The point here is that you have a limited amount of time in the day, so you want to make as much money in that time. If at the end of the day you are averaging around $30-$35 an hour with a push mower, I would consider that a good rate. This is because once you get bigger/better equipment you will be able to do the same houses much faster and your hourly rate will increase because you can mow more lawns in the same amount of time.

Lets say now yo can do the same lawn in 1/2 the time. Then you will be averaging around $60 per hour. Wich is about what you want to be making using z turns.

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Hi Irvin,

Welcome to our forum!

I couldn't have said it better than the post above. That is good information to think about and work into your estimating procedure.
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I'm not sure if I'm at the right place, but I figure it couldn't hurt to ask.

My husband is interested in starting up a lawn business but isn't quite sure where to start. The house next door to ours is foreclosed and the man that mows the lawn said that there is a website to go to and you can sign up to mow all sorts of different foreclosed properties. The problem is, we can't remember what it is called. And after searching on Google for what felt like hours, I thought this was the best site to chose to ask for help.

I should probably add that we're in Minnesota. If anyone has any information we would GREATLY appreciate it!
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