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d&rlawncare
01-13-2007, 01:22 PM
What is your "bottom dollar price"? No matter how small of a lawn you have to drive to what is your min just for having to unlaod?

LwnmwrMan22
01-13-2007, 01:27 PM
$250 / month, mowing, spraying, fertilizing.

I don't do anything per time, hourly.

If someone has something that's a one time shot, $100 cash.

In other words, I have enough work to keep me happy, but I can find room for another friend name Benjamin anytime.

mbricker
01-13-2007, 03:58 PM
For a solo lawn in a neighborhood I am already in, and scheduled on the same day as other jobs in the neighborhood, $25.

BUT...There is one neighborhood with very tiny lawns, that I have had groups of as many as 17 that are done from 1 parking spot. Sometimes as low as $12 a shot. So if I am already unloading for the job next door, the price can be adjusted below my "normal" minimum when the job is small enough to justify. And for a neighboring town where I am not already servicing accounts, the minimum is higher according to the mileage to that town. Told a fellow recently in a town 10 miles from me, "I need at least $75 worth of work or I won't even come look at it. Do you have at least $75 worth of work?" He didn't, so I didn't.

"One price fits all" for your minimum can be as stupid as "one price fits all" for anything else.

ed2hess
01-13-2007, 06:45 PM
These post are interesting.....if you are in the neighborhood you would pass up making a few bucks becauce it cost you too much.....I guess you are not interested in growing into a big businesss. Every person you do business with regardless of how small can be a potential new good customer....we stop and want them all.

Triple R
01-13-2007, 08:39 PM
My service area is with in an 8 mile radius so I have a low minimum. Weekly lawn servive year round $20/week = about $85/month + required fert-n-squirt extra $20/month. Total is $105 for up to 4k of turf and I usually only pre-m once an year.


Triple R

lawnman_scott
01-13-2007, 10:41 PM
For a solo lawn in a neighborhood I am already in, and scheduled on the same day as other jobs in the neighborhood, $25.

BUT...There is one neighborhood with very tiny lawns, that I have had groups of as many as 17 that are done from 1 parking spot. Sometimes as low as $12 a shot. So your bottom dollar is $12.

DuraCutter
01-13-2007, 11:12 PM
So your bottom dollar is $12.

That is an amazing thing isn't it!!!

Can't imagine even ever charging that. All my work, my lowest minimum is around $150. I won't even think about it for any less. :confused:

GrassBustersLawn
01-13-2007, 11:26 PM
$30 is my minimum.

topsites
01-13-2007, 11:30 PM
$30 is my absolute minimum as well.

Ric3077
01-14-2007, 12:03 AM
$30 is my minimum also, very few yards are at my min pricing though most 5ksqft lawns are $35 or more depending on the trimming involved.

firefightergw
01-14-2007, 01:00 AM
$30.................

smcunningham
01-14-2007, 01:11 AM
30$ absolute lowest........my lowest for 06 season was 35$..........average price 45$

newbomb
01-14-2007, 09:35 AM
I cut many town houses so my absolute minimum is $25 per cut, Single family homes will be minimum of $35 this year. Weeklys only, no every two weeks any more, ever.

dhardin53
01-14-2007, 10:37 AM
25 is my lowest.
But you guy have to consider the going rate is vastly different for different parts of the county.

Im not complaining, but here in the med west with a lot of smaller communitys (5 to 12M populations) there are may retired single income people that have called me asking me to mow there yard. I go to see the yard and they inform me that the kid down the street when to college and was charging $8. Grees it hard to brake then the new of my minimum. but I dont give exeptions.

Only one freebe last year, it was a yard next to one I have done for years. the grass was real deep, I knocked on ther door, This nice lady told me here husbin was in Irak and her mower broke. Well I mowed it...free

rodfather
01-14-2007, 10:45 AM
thirty five bucks

carcrz
01-14-2007, 11:16 AM
$30's my lowest I'll even consider. They only get less than $35 if I'm having a really good day when I do their bid though. My residentials are typically in the $45 - 70 range & my commercials are all a couple bills.

gqnine44
01-14-2007, 11:26 AM
The problem is...If this same question were to come up again in 2020, the answer would still be $30 from a lot of people. You can get more than that. Have faith in yourself and go up to at least $35. Trust me

MImowerkid
01-14-2007, 11:45 AM
I agree with having A MINIMUM PRICE , but where I am at if you give em an estimate of 25 dollers , that is the going price , I'd be lucky to get any more than that for my average sized lawn. Now we may be mowing in diffrent areas and such , but I typically bid my average residentals from twenty to thirty dollers , thirty five , my highest. it would be rediculous to bid 70 year old sally thirty dollers to mow her 2k lawn , when I mow 2 her neighbor's. . Michigan is a competitive market, I have four diffrent lco's on my 1/8th mile street alone .

Overworked069
01-14-2007, 03:32 PM
Make your minimmum whatever makes you the money you need to make, but not less!

JJLandscapes
01-14-2007, 03:50 PM
have a few "front only yards" for $10-15 but only do them if i have alot of houses in the area already

willietd2
01-14-2007, 04:43 PM
$30.00 to unload.

Groh's Mows
01-14-2007, 05:21 PM
Had one very small yard I did for $20 and felt bad taking that, it was about the size of the driveways on my other houses. She passed away this fall so my answer for the spring is $25.

mike plummer
01-14-2007, 07:01 PM
40 is my min

Grits
01-14-2007, 07:20 PM
$35 is minimum. But all my accounts are more than that.

YardPro
01-14-2007, 07:25 PM
$40.00 minimum here...
though we are in a resort area.

chuck bow
01-14-2007, 07:32 PM
Its going to get worse here as we have lost a ton of high paying automotive factory jobs and everybody is looking to make a fast buck so with a trailer, truck and a mower ( dont matter what brand ) they are now in the grass cutting biz What its going to do is drive the min way down around here

d&rlawncare
01-14-2007, 07:35 PM
Its going to get worse here as we have lost a ton of high paying automotive factory jobs and everybody is looking to make a fast buck so with a trailer, truck and a mower ( dont matter what brand ) they are now in the grass cutting biz What its going to do is drive the min way down around here

same in MI. They took that 120,000 pay-out and bought A bunch of equipment and think they have zero overhead.

RICHIE K
01-15-2007, 06:33 AM
$27.00 is our min.

Flex-Deck
01-15-2007, 09:57 AM
$45 minimum, but I do not cater to properties under 1/2 acre.

DuraCutter
01-15-2007, 11:06 PM
The problem is...If this same question were to come up again in 2020, the answer would still be $30 from a lot of people. You can get more than that. Have faith in yourself and go up to at least $35. Trust me

You've got the idea, but if all a person can ask as a minimum is $35, then a change in what you offer as a business is required..:confused:

DuraCutter
01-15-2007, 11:11 PM
I agree with having A MINIMUM PRICE , but where I am at if you give em an estimate of 25 dollers , that is the going price , I'd be lucky to get any more than that for my average sized lawn. Now we may be mowing in diffrent areas and such , but I typically bid my average residentals from twenty to thirty dollers , thirty five , my highest. it would be rediculous to bid 70 year old sally thirty dollers to mow her 2k lawn , when I mow 2 her neighbor's. . Michigan is a competitive market, I have four diffrent lco's on my 1/8th mile street alone .

I know, some markets are more depressed, but then change what you do, it's not your obligation to suffer through low pay. You may have choices in offering other services that have less competition. Maybe go back to school, get some more knowledge and then tackle another trade.

It's not written in stone that you have to make minimum wages.