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new to this and the prices seem low and come to find out i think the lady is trying to pay me less than other vendors it seems its winter i need the work however i think im gonna go broke is there anyone with some exp i can compare notes with thanks
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Welcome to PT!

Tons of experience on this site - Pour a cup of coffee and start reading.
If you get stuck anywhere let us know & we'll try to help you as best as we can.

I will offer this first: If you already do not trust the person or company you're dealing with, it isn't going to get any better after you accept work from them. May be best to pass on that one and interview a few others before you make a decision to extend them credit.

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hey thanks a lot for the reply. its for fannie mae i really wanted to grow my business this winter and continue working for myself however they wanna pay me 90 dollars every two weeks to do yard upkeep and 30 dollars to clean its a rural area so theres fuel cost . i been working a few hours to give them there 70 dollars in labor however im not hauling my mowers out there and mowing those big yards in summer for 90 its just kinda hard to turn work down now . i was asking her about trash outs she said $283.00 for a 16ft trailer x 8 x 4 and no gas or dump reimbursement then sent an email the next day telling all vendors to take pics of dump and gas receipts ? im just trying to make an honest living
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. . .i was asking her about trash outs she said $283.00 for a 16ft trailer x 8 x 4. . .
They're offering you less than $15/CY? Wow! I'd take that as an insult - That trailer loaded should pay $950 + travel fees - I'd definitely turn this one down & move on to the next one.

One of the most important things when trying to grow your business is to learn when to say NO.

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thanks for the input im unsure of the pricing and the rates fannie mae pays so i can negotiate . i refused to clean the houses for 30 dollars . does doing the yards once a week for 45 dollars sound right to you
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thanks for the input im unsure of the pricing and the rates fannie mae pays so i can negotiate . i refused to clean the houses for 30 dollars . does doing the yards once a week for 45 dollars sound right to you
Oh, it's Fannie....

Fannie is typically a PITA, however, they do pay pretty good on grass.
I think Fannie is at $80 for grass up to 10,00 sq ft....$175 for an acre.
Depending on your location, these numbers may or may not be profitable.
I'm guessing they would be since you're doing them now @45.
The trick is negotiating with the servicing company.

Fannie is paying $758 for your trailer, if it's full. HUD would be at the $950, VA at $1137.....now, remember, that is what they pay to the serving company. (Asons?) General rule of thumb, serving companies should get no more than 20-25% of bank allowable dollars. However, most servicing companies have a play book of nasty tactics to pay you far less...or even get YOU to pay for the work done. This is where PropPresPro's advice is gold. Make a pot of coffee, six pack of beer...whatever, sit down and do a lot of searching and reading right here. Contractors have been screwed 6 ways to Sunday and most of it has been posted here...somewhere. In fact, that's what bring a lot of people here. They need a place to vent after receiving the preservation enema.

Good luck to you and let us know how things work out.

By the way, there's a ton of bottom feeders out there doing grass for $20-25 across the board. We've seen pictures of them posted here push mowing an acre! You just have to decide what's profitable for you. At the end of the day that's all that matters. I think you're on the right track.
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hey thanks i like it blunt and to the point . im cleaning and raking these yards every two weeks for 70 dollars after gas thats not gonna be worth it when its time to mow there big yards i just wish they would be honest and give me a profitable wage its just hard to figure out how much they are making so i can play ball and stand my ground im new to this type of business . i do an inspection for another company and have for a year its an easy 100 bucks other than the wait . i should of known when she started flirting and sending me pretty pics i was getting took... so does 30 dollars a month to clean a house sound right ? im really glad theres something like this online to get honest information from thank you
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It doesn't seem like he is even doing preservation work...Are you being told to take pictures of the house and yard..before, during and after? $30 is like 1 sq yd of debris, not a whole house. Plus doing maintenance on a property every 2 weeks that includes raking the yard doesn't sound like preservation either....
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ya i have to take photos before during and after its called ongoing periodic lawn maint it pays 45 dollars a week or 90 every two weeks i usually rake about 12 contractor bags of leaves and the house cleaning pays 30 once a month wich im refusing
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How many properties??? Just one? Distance traveled?

$45 a yard isn't bad if the miles are within reason.

$30 for a Maid refresh isn't too bad....but I'm not cleaning the house for that. Quick wipe down, spot broom. 10 mintutes no more.

12 contractor bags full of leaves? You're getting bent over.

Ason's is charging Fannie Mae $40 a cyd for your leaves. You earn them $300-400 every time you go out there.
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