Maybe you’ve moved to a property with large gardens or are now in charge of a business surrounded by a large property. In any case, you need someone to take care of the grounds because you don’t have time to do it yourself. You have money in the budget to hire a full-time groundskeeper. But be sure you account for the total cost of hiring one:

·         A groundskeeper averages $29,790 per year, or $14.32 per hour, in St. Paul, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). But salary is just one of the costs of an employee. You’re also responsible for Social Security, unemployment, workman’s compensation, and any benefits, such as vacation, holidays, insurance, and health coverage. Such costs usually run 1.25 to 1.4 times the salary, according to the Sloan School of Management at MIT. On average, you’ll pay $37,237 to $41,706 annually for your groundskeeper.

·         You’ll need to buy equipment for your groundskeeper, ranging from work gloves and pruning shears to a chain saw and lawn tractor, depending on the size of the grounds. Recurring costs include fertilizer, pesticides, and seed. You may need to get a vehicle, such as a pickup truck, so he has a way to haul garden waste from your property and bring in gardening supplies. That vehicle also incurs fuel, maintenance, and repair costs.

·         Allow time, money, and effort for recruiting this individual. You have to find suitable candidates by placing ads, interviewing applicants, conducting background checks, and finally, hiring.

·         Will your lone employee be able to handle a weather emergency? When a winter storm dumps many feet of snow on your property, will your worker be able to cope? You may need to hire temporary helpers to deal with such issues.

·         All this presumes you only need one worker. If your property is big enough, you’ll need several groundskeepers. They’ll require a supervisor to set schedules, assign tasks, and ensure that things get done. The BLS pegs the average pay of the higher-level employee at $21.97 an hour, or $45,700. a year, not including taxes and benefits.

An employee entails far more cost and hassle than the simple payment of a salary. Hiring a property maintenance company is far more cost effective and avoids you having to constantly supervise what needs to get done and buy equipment and supplies. We can also deal effectively with the aftermath of any weather conditions with nothing more than a phone call from you. Why not contact us know to see how we can help you?