Thursday, Jun. 16th, 2016
You May Think You’re Saving Money But…
It’s summertime, which means the hot sun is out early in the morning and late at night. Even with this extra sunlight, there’s only a small amount of time you have for doing yard work unless you decide to skip all the family fun and do your work on a Saturday. Who wants to do that though?
Even though property managers have a limited amount of time some do opt to cut the grass themselves, however, some would rather consider looking at lawn care services to maintain their properties. The biggest question they have is which way will save you more money. We’re here to answer that question for you. Here are a few reasons you should consider your wallet when you’re deciding whether or not it’s time to hire a contractor.
One-time Cost of Equipment
A good lawn mower is going to range from $300 – $1500, depending on the style you want. Gas mowers are a little less pricey than electric mowers, but electric mowers will slowly die out the more it’s used. After the mower, you’ll need a blower which can cost you about $150 for a good machine. You’ll also need a weed eater which will usually run you about $100. Not everyone has the convenience of a garage so you might need a storage shed that will end up costing you $1000 for a lower end model, not including the time that you spend putting it together.
Adding these all together, your first season will cost you anywhere between $1550 – $2250. That’s a lot of money up front and you may look at it as it will pay for itself in the long run, however it’ll take about seven years to recover the $1550 – $2250 that was invested in everything you needed and by then you might have had to already buy new equipment.
Cost of Maintenance and Time
If your lawn mower is still in working condition the next season, you’ll need to get it an annual oil change, new filter, spark plug, and a tune up – all of which you can do yourself for probably an hour or more of your time and $20. It’s also important that you keep everything in good shape which means sharpening the blades of the mower and weed eater twice a year. This can cost you about $75 each time. Not only is money wasted, but look at how much time you’re spending putting everything in working order.
If you only manage one property, your lawn is about one acre. This size lawn will take you about two hours to mow and weed and at about $15 an hour, you’ll have spent $30 dollars on time you could be spending with family or friends.
Don’t forget about gas! Unless you get an electric lawn mower that will need to charge for 16-20 hours so you can get an hours lawn mow out of it, lawn mowers need gas and gas prices are on the rise. Every lawn mow will cost you about $5 dollars in gas and oil, not to mention the time spent filling up those tiny little gas buckets weekly.
You may not think time and gas aren’t a big deal, but let’s add that up. If you mow your lawn once a week for 26 weeks out of the year, you’re looking at $130 for gas and $780 worth of your time which equals a whopping $910 a year.
Hiring a Contractor on Your Own
Time is money and so is hiring your own yard maintenance crew. They can cost you up to $78,000 annually, including insuring each employee, paying for maintenance, and travel time between properties. What the price doesn’t include is the time managing and organizing the services. This can be tedious when you have several properties to run with a limited amount of time for each one.
Maybe you don’t want to go with your own lawn care crew. Let’s say you are hiring an existing team of contractors. Not only do you have to vet out each potential contractor and check to see if they’re insured, but if they don’t do a good job, you’re stuck with the repercussions until the next time they come back. That means you could be losing potential tenants because your vacant homes aren’t being maintained as well as they should be or on a regular basis. Managing contractors can be just as pricey as hiring your own yard maintenance crew. It can cost you up to $76,500 annually for service, coordination, and payment reconciliation. In the end, it’s just money lost.
Using TaskEasy for Lawn Mowing Services
Now let’s look at the benefits of hiring lawn mowing services from TaskEasy. Rather than giving yourself a headache looking for the right contractor and worrying if they’re insured, TaskEasy is a one-stop shop that can get you the perfect contractor. You don’t have to worry about returning phone calls, bidding, and haggling. All you have to do is sign up on our website and choose your package.
Don’t waste anymore time. You can go online and order the services you would like today. The average lawn mowing service is $42 – which is barely more than what you’re spending doing it yourself. This means for a few extra dollars, you’ll get more time for your own life and a quality lawn cut done by professionals.
Still need some convincing? All our contractors are screened and insured and guarantee high-quality work. TaskEasy will be your single point of contact including billing and invoicing once you’ve approved the work. To make it even easier for you, we have an online dashboard that allows you to easily monitor, track, and pause ongoing jobs.
So let’s look at pricing in simple terms –
So, will you save yourself the headache, time, and money and hire a trusted contractor through TaskEasy, will you do it yourself or will you pay the outrageous prices of a yard maintenance crew?
The choice is simple. Use TaskEasy for your lawn mowing needs and take advantage of our guaranteed work.