This question pops up, eventually, for every commercial mowing company: is it worth it to bid on HOA services?
We are going to do our best to answer that question. We are Keith’s Tractor Mowing, serving the Fort Worth community with quality and professional acreage mowing, ranch mowing, pipeline mowing, and any other mowing job which requires expertise and professionalism. Call us the next time the mowing job is too large for you to handle, and you want it done correctly.
What are HOA services?
HOA services refers to a specific list of mowing requirements which are part of the homeowners charter. In other words, the detailed ways which lawns must be mowed, the detailed ways lawns must be weeded and edged, and it usually also includes landscaping requirements as well. Included in the mowing contract is how often the mowing will be done, by how many employees, and defaults if the job does not meet the requirements.
It also refers to the communal areas within the HOA boundaries i.e. playground, walking paths, etc.
Why HOA services are avoided by some mowing companies.
The devil is in the details regarding HOA mowing contracts. It takes longer to meet specific, detailed requirements than it does to do a job like, say, simply mowing a ten-acre farm to a length of two inches, and in business, time is money. HOA mowing contracts are often not as profitable as other mowing contracts. For example, using a tractor mower, it is possible to mow fifteen acres of pastureland in an hour; the same hour would barely make a dent in the detailed work needed by an HOA.
Still, it IS possible to make a living from HOA contracts, and it is also a good way to get established in the professional mowing industry. There is an old saying in the mowing business: if you can keep the HOA happy, you must have some serious mowing skills.
What skills do you need to do HOA work?
Speaking of skills, it begins with basic mowing and landscaping skills. If you can’t do the job you say you can do, it will quickly become apparent, word will spread throughout the industry, and you will soon find yourself without any contracts of any kind.
Other than professional skills, you also need to have good time management, excellent customer relations, and the ability to give a job quote which will be competitive but at the same time earn you a profit you can exist on.
Are HOA services for every commercial mowing services? No, but they are a great way to make a name for yourself and establish some very important credentials in the industry.
A final word about Keith’s Tractor Mowing.
Keith’s Tractor Mowing is locally owned and operated, a trusted name in the business, and that trust was earned through quality performance. Call us the next time you want a fair quote, a professional job done, and the protection which comes from hiring the best. Ask us about the $1,000,000 general liability insurance policy we carry onto every job we do.