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This one takes the cake for me, in the space of 40sqm we have.

 

Swing Set

TWO Slides

Plastic kids jungle gym

Bench Seat

Table and Chairs Set

2 Sand/Water play things

2 Umbrellas

Numerous small kids toys/cars etc in the grass.

Oh and a big sink hole under one of those slides that she refuses to fill.

 

5 mins to mow, 15mins moving crap around.

 

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 12:22 PM

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Nice looking playground

 

Does emphasis the importance of viewing before providing a quote


Posted 04 May 2018 - 01:39 PM

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This one takes the cake for me, in the space of 40sqm we have.

 

Swing Set

TWO Slides

Plastic kids jungle gym

Bench Seat

Table and Chairs Set

2 Sand/Water play things

2 Umbrellas

Numerous small kids toys/cars etc in the grass.

Oh and a big sink hole under one of those slides that she refuses to fill.

 

5 mins to mow, 15mins moving crap around.

 

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I,d love to know how much for that job, considering it,s a 5 min mow  ;)


Posted 04 May 2018 - 01:52 PM

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I,d love to know how much for that job, considering it,s a 5 min mow  ;)

$60, but there is another 2 sections of lawn, one being the front verge on a corner block.

Funny thing is when I first starting doing this lawn a year ago there was only a couple of toys, there seems to be a new one added every time I come.  I'm sure next time there'll be an inflatable kiddy pool or trampoline in addition.


Posted 04 May 2018 - 02:25 PM

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Guess you have a an option or two, charge them more or give them the flick  :)


Posted 04 May 2018 - 02:28 PM

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The thing that bugs me about customers that leave so much #### on their lawns is the fact that they could get so much more value for money from us if they clear their lawns. If we dont have to spend time picking crap up we can do that extra little bit.


Posted 09 May 2018 - 05:32 PM

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Guess you have a an option or two, charge them more or give them the flick  :)

Give them the option of moving the gear themselves on the morning of the allotted mowing day or pay you an extra $15 to do it - I could see a lot of people in your area taking offense at that tho - drop em?


Posted 09 May 2018 - 06:43 PM

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I dropped a lawn a month or so ago - had a huge trampoline in the bottom level of a terraced yard - I could barely lift one side of it but I'm ashamed to admit the pint sized lady of the house used to help me and she just picked her end up and waited for me to grunt my way forward - was an OK quote but just not worth the hassle - used to see it due in my diary and wince..

 

There was a guy posted on here a little while back that really stayed with me - think he had 50 small regulars on the Gold Coast?? - his advice was gold and I'll see if I can dig it up - from memory no corner blocks -$50 jobs -  no hills - no obstacles etc etc - just great advice for stress free mowing.


Posted 09 May 2018 - 06:51 PM

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Found the quote from Bretto:-

 

 
$100+ An Hour
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I reckon it helps if you use your advertising wisely, when I first started out I ran ads in the local paper and ads online, I quickly figured out that the local paper brings in the pensioners so I dropped that real quick and the online stuff brings in the younger gen and the middle class. The younger gen are too lazy to mow and too keen to pay so that’s a gift. I also quickly learnt to say no to the bigger yards and chase the smaller yards, it’s easy to snip someone for 50 or 60 bucks but a lot harder to get 80 or 90 out of em. I only have a small run of just over 40 regular clients with my average charge being $50 with an average job time, from ignition off to ignition on is 25 mins. Chase the smaller yards and rather than think of it as how long it will take me, think about how much they will pay not to mow it on the their weekend, I have plenty that I charge $60 and I’m out in 30 mins... and of course mulching is king 

Posted 09 May 2018 - 07:45 PM

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I have a client that I have been mowing lawns for coming up 15 years.

 

In that time the children of the house, two boys, have basically grown from little children to adolescent teens. The backyard has contained the usual mix of a rather massive trampoline, moveable basketball hoop, soccer nets, tennis pole, swing set, bmx bikes, scooters and a an assortment of foot balls/soccer balls/tennis balls (how many balls do two boys need!!). The owner completely oblivious to the inconvenience of these items either situated on the lawn, left on the lawn because of laziness or being an obstruction to access. Now that they are older, video games and cars have replaced physical outdoor activities and I get the lawn done in no time.   


Posted 09 May 2018 - 07:47 PM

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Found the quote from Bretto:-

 

 
$100+ An Hour
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I reckon it helps if you use your advertising wisely, when I first started out I ran ads in the local paper and ads online, I quickly figured out that the local paper brings in the pensioners so I dropped that real quick and the online stuff brings in the younger gen and the middle class. The younger gen are too lazy to mow and too keen to pay so that’s a gift. I also quickly learnt to say no to the bigger yards and chase the smaller yards, it’s easy to snip someone for 50 or 60 bucks but a lot harder to get 80 or 90 out of em. I only have a small run of just over 40 regular clients with my average charge being $50 with an average job time, from ignition off to ignition on is 25 mins. Chase the smaller yards and rather than think of it as how long it will take me, think about how much they will pay not to mow it on the their weekend, I have plenty that I charge $60 and I’m out in 30 mins... and of course mulching is king 

 

Golden advice and pretty much exactly what I do.  Profit is in the small easy yards and it's not hard to make $100/hr doing this.  Key is having a tight run.  


Posted 10 May 2018 - 07:03 AM

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This one takes the cake for me, in the space of 40sqm we have.

 

Swing Set

TWO Slides

Plastic kids jungle gym

Bench Seat

Table and Chairs Set

2 Sand/Water play things

2 Umbrellas

Numerous small kids toys/cars etc in the grass.

Oh and a big sink hole under one of those slides that she refuses to fill.

 

5 mins to mow, 15mins moving crap around.

 

attachicon.gifIMG_2468.JPG

I don't move stuff in general . id whipper around as much as I could and mow. Not your problem.

 

Those inflatable pools with the electric pumps are the worst come summer. 


Posted 10 May 2018 - 09:29 AM

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I don't move stuff in general . id whipper around as much as I could and mow. Not your problem.

 

Those inflatable pools with the electric pumps are the worst come summer. 

 

plus 1 for swimming pools and Christmas decorations along with all the kids new Christmas presents like soccer goals, swing sets and trampolines.

 

garden lights in the lawn are another pain

 

im starting to sound like a grumpy old man and im  only 24 lol


Posted 10 May 2018 - 06:42 PM

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The job can do that to ya, wait till you get to Graes age lol


Posted 10 May 2018 - 06:49 PM

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those cheap solar garden lights #### me off no end


Posted 10 May 2018 - 06:56 PM

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lol


Posted 10 May 2018 - 06:56 PM

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The job can do that to ya, wait till you get to Graes age lol


Lol god help my customers ha ha
Posted 10 May 2018 - 08:07 PM

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 Christmas decorations 

I've lost count of the number of christmas light power cables I've destroyed.


Posted 11 May 2018 - 06:47 AM

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plus 1 for swimming pools and Christmas decorations along with all the kids new Christmas presents like soccer goals, swing sets and trampolines.

 

garden lights in the lawn are another pain

 

im starting to sound like a grumpy old man and im  only 24 lol

No swimming pools in my lot - but I've got a trampoline/large dog/small kids trifecta job I mowed yesterday - and gotta tee up with the tenants when I'm coming and make it before 8am so they can have the dogs inside - and wait a month for the RE to pay me $55 - think it just moved into the "drop" list.

 

But mowing in winter in SE QLD is just a great job - nothing grows, everything mulches, one shirt for the whole day - and the hourly rate goes up! - what's not to like - just gotta have a few more customers to make up for the cutting interval.


Posted 11 May 2018 - 08:56 AM

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But mowing in winter in SE QLD is just a great job - nothing grows, everything mulches, one shirt for the whole day - and the hourly rate goes up! - what's not to like - just gotta have a few more customers to make up for the cutting interval.

Was just thinking that today, started 8:30 and 7 jobs done by midday, hourly rate worked out to be $190  :).  Same lawns take me most of the day in summer.

About 75% mine now on 3 weeks, rest on fortnightly will change by June.  Still pretty busy, got a whole yard cleanup on Monday, will take me all day, but with temps below 25C it's easy work, and $850 for the job isn't too bad.


Posted 11 May 2018 - 04:05 PM




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