Is it just me or have gardeners became ridiculously expensive? Personally, I hate paying for yard work. Why pay when you can do it yourself? Besides, yard work builds character. I pity the kids who have never done yard work. How else do you learn that physical labor pays very little? Anyway, I’m letting off some steam today because of our shared backyard at the rental duplex. Apparently, we’ll pay $360 for a “lawn guy” to come blow the leaves and haul them away. I think this price is ridiculous, but I’m trying to be a good neighbor and I’ll just vent here instead doing it in person. Am I too cheap for wanting to do yard work? The back yard arrangement is a bit unusual so read on…
Shared back yard
At our duplex, we have a shared back yard. This space is shared between 4 houses. We purchased the duplex in 2014 and this arrangement has been in place long before that. All 4 homes pay $240 per year into a backyard fund which is saved for tree trimming. There is a huge old willow tree there, for which the small HOA is named.
I’m fine with paying $240 per year for tree trimming and usually we don’t have to pay for anything else. However, one of the neighbors has their own lawn guy. I’m not sure what this lawn guy does exactly because I’ve never seen him. We don’t live there now and only drop by occasionally. That’s one of the issues here. The living arrangement is atypical.
We’ll call our duplex – Duplex1. Currently, it is rented out. The tenants rarely (if ever) use the backyard. We plan to move in when the tenants leave. Duplex2. The owner lives in one unit in the summer and