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Old 01-21-2009, 07:16 AM
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Great site...My name is Dave, been in the business about 18 years.I started with a broken down 48 inch walk behind lol.It is a great business but it takes hard work and persistence.

I started out with a partner but we split after about a year.I then had a couple part timers but I got tired of trying to get them to come to work lol.

So I just kept sinking my profits into the best equipment and I do everything myself.

I live in the northeast so right now I'm doing snow removal making some big bucks.It has been great.I use to plow,but i got tired of the wear and tear on trucks,transmissions, digging up peoples lawns, cops stopping me for pushing snow in the street,, etc....

I now use snowblowers only.I picked up a brand new Ariens 13 horse, 36 inch cut this summer (off season, the knocked off 1000$ off the 3000$ retail)Always buy your equipment off season!
I use that for the big storms and I have 2 small 1 stage blowers.A 5 Hp Ariens, and a 3 horse Lawnboy.Both paddle types.

I have 10 residential accounts, my pricing is as follows.

0-6 inches 65.00$
6-9 inches 75.00$
9-12inches 85.00$

etc.... so for the last 2 storms we had I made 1300.00$ for about 5 hours work.(not too shabby)

If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Oh yea, I also do dump runs for people in the winter months to supplement my snow removal business.I usually charge between 125- 150$ a load.And I tell the people to have everything packed neatly.

Dave

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How are your summer months? Do you focus on lawn care or is there some garden maintenance as well?
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Hi Dave,

Welcome to our forum!

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I have 10 residential accounts, my pricing is as follows.

0-6 inches 65.00$
6-9 inches 75.00$
9-12inches 85.00$

etc.... so for the last 2 storms we had I made 1300.00$ for about 5 hours work.(not too shabby)
Do you have your customers on any kind of contract? Or how does that work?

Also how long does it take you to service an average driveway?
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Thanks for the welcome guys....

I can knock out an average driveway 6-8 inches in maybe 20 minutes.I'll throw a small sideawalk in for free.A public sidewalk I may whack them for another 5 or 10 bucks.The small 1 stage 2 stroke blowers move alot of snow quickly.If it is a huge snowfall,i'll break out my Ariens 2 stage Snow King.

I always keep an ad running in my local pennysaver and outside of my 10 regulars, i always pick up a few more after a storm, when people are thumbing through the paper.

As far as contracts, I don't like to use them.I tell all my customers exactly what I will do, when I will get there (within24 hours of storm), and I expect a check to be in the mailbox.

yea..... rates are 65 for the first 6 inches, every 3 inches the price goes up 10 dollars.

Don't be shy on your prices, you may not get every customer that calls but just keep in mind when people call a plumber its 125.00$ just to come to the house, then the meter starts.
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Oh yea, as far as lawn care..last year in the midst of a recession I had my best year ever.That is why I love this business.

My lawn care months includes the following services:

Lawn Mowing
Hedge Trimming
Edging
Dethaching
Aerating
Spring & Fall Cleanups
Fertilizer
Lime
Stump Grinding

I may add Gravesite Care this year.
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Last year was the best year I ever had in terms of Lawn care, in the midst of a recession.

My Lawn Business includes the following services:

Lawn Mowing
Hedge Trimming
Edging
Fertilizer
Lime
Spring and Fall Cleanups
Stump Grinding ( rent the unit. dont buy one!)
Aerating
Dethatching

I may add Gravesite care this year.

If you have questions on pricing let me know.
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Hi Dave, Welcome!

(Oh yea, I also do dump runs for people in the winter months to supplement my snow removal business.I usually charge between 125- 150$ a load.And I tell the people to have everything packed neatly.)

Is this snow runs for other snow serivce biz or fire wood?

And also, What is Gravesite care? How is this handle and how do you advertise this market?

Mike
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Hi Mike,

I keep my ads running year round, in the local penny saver.

For Example my current ad is running right now: Here it is:

Snow Removal - Dump Runs

Snow removal- (done with snowblowers)

Dump Runs- attic, basement and garage cleanouts

Liscenced & Insured Free estimates, Reasonable rates call Dave @ xxx-xxxx

I never put my rates in the paper (prevents other guys from stealing your rates).Try to give the prospective customer an estimate over the phone instead of running all over town burning up gas.

Gravesite Maintenance includes weeding a grave, polishing up a headstone and adding new flowers on a weekly, bi monthly or monthly basis.

60.00 / month (2 visits)- flowers extra
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Hey Dave,

(Gravesite Maintenance includes weeding a grave, polishing up a headstone and adding new flowers on a weekly, bi monthly or monthly basis.

60.00 / month (2 visits)- flowers extra)


Very very interesting idea here.....
Do you also advertise this in the "pennysaver" or is this more with your exisiting customers?
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Im starting this service this spring , so I will include it in my ad
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