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SG actually made a change this year. They have taken all the FHA pre-sales away from the P&P vendors and given them to the grass cut vendors. Not sure how they are handling the inspection part required by FHA on every visit. But, the only GC's we're getting are Post-Sale FHA's.
I've told them I can't do $30 grass cuts. I figure when the GC vendor figures out he's broke (in late June or early July) I'll be getting back all the cuts they've taken away.
Given our geography, mostly rural, the distances between yards is prohibitive to making a profit at $30 per cut. This is the second year that SG has used GC vendors, so I've had plenty of time to do the math...I don't see how anyone can handle the volume (approx 300-400-that's 600-800 cuts a month) in an area that's approx 4000 square miles, with small pockets of population and distances between than can be 15 miles. No one man can possibly do that many cuts (well, do them correctly) in 30 days. That's 20 per day, everyday, on the low end. Impossible in this area. I've got two man crews and the most they're able to get done on a perfect day is 16. That's daylight to dark, and some of the yards are well over 1 acre (biggest is 4 acres, yes that a single lot) And, I do pay them by the yard, not the hour, so wandering around not cutting grass doesn't make them money.