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maxwell lawn
03-07-2001, 06:57 PM
I have a property that i have been mowing for several years and i think i should increase it. It takes about 52 total man hours a week to mow and trim. it is in a mobile home park and almost all of it is not open. 26 total hours to mow
and 26 total hours to trim = 52 hours. please help.
trying to get some help on what to charge

[Edited by maxwell lawn on 03-07-2001 at 11:18 PM]

lawrence stone
03-07-2001, 07:02 PM
Lets pick a number out of the air.

How about $1395

cleancut
03-07-2001, 07:18 PM
How much are you charging now??I just went and looked at a condo complex today and it's going to take between 50-55 man hours to mow...I'm going to bid it at $1,750.00 per mowing...Derrick

double e
03-07-2001, 07:19 PM
26 man hrs.- trimming @ $17 per hr. = $442
26 man hrs.- mowing @ $35 per hr. = $910
Total= $1352


Lawrence stone- 3 bucks off mine

I had it at $40 per hr. for mowing- but I know what you got for it last year- and might be large increase from last year. They might not like that.

You could also count the mobile homes and times that by what you want for each one. Example: 100 homes x $10
Then add in the common grounds

joshua
03-07-2001, 08:01 PM
how much do you get for it now. if you want to make some kind of profit i would charge $42 a hour, it sounds like you have a crew with you and your over head you have to make something like that to get a profit. the total a week would be $2184

kutnkru
03-07-2001, 10:23 PM
Hello and welcome to lets bid a lot.

The first ball up is: 1
The second:8
The third:9
And the last:8

Making tonights bid 1898.

Sorry Im bored.
Kris

tazman
03-08-2001, 02:20 AM
Minimum of $35/hour per man. $35 x 52 hours = $1820. I don't care if a guy is mowing or trimming, minimum of $35 per man hour. Good Luck.

GreenQuest Lawn
03-08-2001, 02:27 AM
oooooo trailor park! I would say (from your post) the degree of difficulty sounds pretty high. My bid


$2300.00

Of course if your at like 1500 they would probably tell you where to go if you raised it that high.

Just a thought, Mabey 10 - 15% per yr till your where you want.

Vibe Ray
03-08-2001, 08:55 PM
Maybe I am wrong, but $35.00 an hour is kinda low! I know it is possible to make more than that! I am just starting out and averaging $25.00 an hour. That's with a 21inch mower too! I expect to double that easy after I get my Lazer and get quicker at it. Maybe I am not considering something, but it seems like there is more money to be had!

VRL
11-30-2001, 12:56 AM
maxwell lawn,

Just for my information. Is this property serviced once a week or 5 days a week and are you charging this amount per visit or per month?

I'm working on a bid for a small condo. property (36 units) just blowing, trimming shrubs, raking leaves/pine needles, haul debris, and clean debris from a stream in the middle of the property.

They want once a week service, billed monthly. What do guys suggest for pricing this property. By the Hour for a clean up? and by the hour for Maintenance?

2 guys. the stream looks difficult to blow around or rake. Lots of boulders/Rocks one slip and you can break some bones or fall in the water. Lots of leaves and pine needles in the ivy and shrubs.

Any suggestions are helpful.

65hoss
11-30-2001, 01:21 AM
Originally posted by maxwell lawn
I have a property that i have been mowing for several years and i think i should increase it. It takes about 52 total man hours a week to mow and trim. it is in a mobile home park and almost all of it is not open. 26 total hours to mow
and 26 total hours to trim = 52 hours. please help.
trying to get some help on what to charge



You didn't mention what type of equipment. If your using a 21" and you could use a 60" then that is a huge difference. How many helpers? Is that 52 man hours or 52 hours total?

If it was me and with my equipment I have right now I would probably bid like this:
$2600

52 hours at $50 per hour. Your saving by not having to drive all over town on a route. But, you have to make enough off this one job, because the time on it means all you can do is this one job per week. Not to mention, you have all your eggs in one basket. What happens if Johnny Lowball comes in a gets it? Are you out of biz?

Since you didn't specify any of this, it is just assumptions. But worth knowing before you bid it.

DanG
11-30-2001, 03:50 PM
52 hrs times my hourly rate of $35 an hour(which is low around here)= $1820.00 per week for service.

Then you take away expenses(taxes, Gas etc..) and employee's wages and you might make a decent amount of money on it still.

$1820.00 - 500.00( total job expenses)= $1320.00 in my pocket

This was based on my highest paid employee($11an hr) working 26hrs & myself doing the other 26hrs( I bill my employee's hours on the job site at the same rate as if i was doing it all myself because i still have to make money over and above what i pay them)

Dan

D. Gowie Enterprises, Inc.

AltaLawnCare
11-30-2001, 04:32 PM
Maxwell posted this in March of this year, AND HASN'T BEEN BACK SINCE.

My theory is that stoner scared him off and he just gave up. :p

65hoss
11-30-2001, 05:12 PM
AAAhhhh man. I didn't even look at the dates. I wonder if he kept the job? haha

VRL
11-30-2001, 05:23 PM
Shh... I should of looked at the dates. I was checking who was online and someone was looking at this thread so I clicked on it with out noticing the dates.

Well does any one have any suggestions on my answer?

kutnkru
11-30-2001, 06:08 PM
VRL

When I answered this question I figured $28/hr for trimming operations and $45/hr for rendering mowing services. If you have dangerous areas to service you might want to consider a labor rate of $100/hr or more.

There are many variables to consider to determine what you will need to charge to make this job worth your while.

Hope this helps.
Kris