It is important to know the difference between cost and value when you hire someone to do work on your property. Cost refers to the amount of money paid; value refers to worth of what was accomplished. I focus on long term value for our customers. My objective is not to "get in and get out," but to stay long enough to actually solve persistent problems. In most cases a few extra steps is all it takes to eliminate the need for another major future beautification effort.
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Finally, in one of my courses, the owner of GreenEarth, a large commercial grounds maintenance firm in Columbia, said that in order to get an average workman that he had to pay about ten dollars an hour. However, by the time he had paid for transportation to the job site, worker's comp insurance, equipment, and left enough for a small profit, that he had to charge the customer about twenty-five dollars an hour. He reminded us that that worker was trained to maintain areas that already looked good. That worker did not have the knowledge or ability to take something that was ugly and make it beautiful again. Since I have that ability, I charge at least ten dollars more per hour.