Worth Getting a Van if Gardening as well?

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  1. slippy

    slippy Well-Known Member
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    With a van, (three seats in front for missus and baby) I could get a large water tank for window cleaning, but could I also get a mower, hedge cutter and other gardening equipment? My other concern with a van is you can't take garden waste down the tip for free, and lots of customers expect that, with a van customers expect that. Do the pros out way the cons for a van. There's no gardening from Nov- march and I currently do lots more windows than gardens.
     
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  2. mark

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    personally I would do one or the other.some will say different.there are plenty of add on jobs with window cleaning.you could mix the two but one will suffer.
     
  3. TolishAPurd

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    If you are going WFP, then don't bother with the gardening. You are investing properly in WFP, then messing about with lawn mowers in out etc will cause you problems. Only way I would do it is with a kitted out trailer for the gardening gear, that way you can just hook and go when it is gardening days. Just to warn you though, gardening rounds can suck. I was charging £20 per hour and it was still way too much work for the money involved. You'll make much more if you focus on the windows. Just my 2pence for what its worth, I quit the gardening this year.
     
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  4. Gary63

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    Just as TolishAPurd said. Go all out for the windows. You'll make tons more per hour with a lot less hassle. I used to mix it up with some gardening and other jobs whilst trading but since I've been WFP I've stopped all but the very profitable jobs.
     
  5. adamangler

    adamangler Wakefield Window Warrior
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    I think the simple rule is if you can earn more per hour gardening then do it, if you cant earn as much per hour then drop it and concentrate on the windows and do extras that earn you a higher hourly rate on top
     
  6. Jimroot

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    If you got a licence to tip from van you'd just add it onto the pricing.

    When I did a garden round over a decade ago, the custies only wanted the worst jobs doing, the exhausting stuff like digging out tree roots and clearing bramble areas. I'd literally eat what I made it was such hard work.

    I imagine to make real money doing it you'd have to design and build nice gardens rather than clear and dump the **** and mow lawns so need real passion, experience and confidence as well as physical ability
     
  7. slippy

    slippy Well-Known Member
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    As it is at the moment- just do four regular gardens and really enjoy it. I only charge £12/hr, which I guess is too cheap, don't know. I keep my mower in one customer's garage along with my barrels and trolley. This job is ok as the mower and other gear is there and three other customers are on the same street, so I just push the mower from that garage to other jobs. If I was to get more serious I guess I would have to start taking all my gear around with me and like someone said would be best having a tow bar on van and putting gardening gear in a trailor and keeping all the window cleaning gear in the van. I guess thy recycle place still wouldn't like me taking my garden waste there because I would be pulling the trailor in my van (and vans are not permitted down the tip). By the way, why would a mower or hedge cutter be a problem in a van with wfp gear?
     
  8. Jimroot

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    Sounds like you've a nice little round you like and suits you, maybe pester the local population to get more you can work like these current ones
     
  9. cheapncheerful

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    yeh found the gardening too much mither but still got a few...that bloomin grass gets everwhere..its worse than sand.

    as for a van I do keep looking but....having no money and a nice car which hits a nice speed when I want it too....its amazing what you can cram into an estate..:D

    oh bugger...that reminds me...got to get some ivy off on friday...most of my rubbish goes in the recycling bins or I hide it and put it in weeks later..:D
     
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    Dont listen to them if you know your stuff with landscaping then do the following
    get a van and a trailer for your tipping
    now gardening and window cleaning can be very lucrative if you do this properly
    1 call it complete house maintanence do this only for the rich for them one company for all outdoor services is really handy
    2 charge more cos you are doing a specialist niech market
    3 with the less well off dont combine they really dont apreciate it and think you are a jack of all trades
    4 others will find it harder to compete with you because of your complete no hassle service

    you will have a fleet no time like this son and check out kalfas on you tube he does this
     
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