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Rob.C
06-15-2007, 04:36 PM
I ran into a friend of mine and he says he charges only 75-80 dollars to mow a acre lot residential or commercial, I think that is way to low, I charge bettween 115 -145 for a acre, what are your opinions I think he is to low, we both work-out of st. louis. heres what I usualy charge. I charge more in some of my wealthy areas.

1,000-3 $32.00
4,000 $32.00
4,500 $32.00
5,000 $32.00
5,500 $32.00
6,000 $32.00
6,500 $32.00
7,000 $32.00
7,500 $32.00
8,000 $35.00
8,500 $36.00
9,000 $36.00
9,500 $36.00
10,000 $39.00
10,500 $39.00
11,000 $39.00
11,500 $39.00
12,000 $41.00
12,500 $41.00
13,000 $42.00
13,500 $42.00
14,000 $44.00
14,500 $44.00
15,000 $44.00
15,500 $44.00
16,000 $46.00
16,500 $46.00
17,000 $46.00
17,500 $46.00
18,000 $48.00
18,500 $48.00

T.E.
06-15-2007, 04:52 PM
It is all relative to the region your in. There is no one price fits all. What the market will handle is what you will get for an acre. I'll say this 115 to 145 per acre...not in Tulsa, OK you wont.
How long does it take you to cut, trim, etc. an acre? Myself about 35 to 45 minutes. JMO

fiveoboy01
06-15-2007, 04:54 PM
I know I wouldn't get 100 plus for mowing/trimming an averege(amount of obstacles and trimming) around here. 55-65 seems to be the norm for averege acre lots.

T.E.
06-15-2007, 04:56 PM
Looking at your price scale a little closer. If you charge 48.00 for 18,500 sq ft. Which is a little under 1/2 an acre why the jump to 115 to 145? Doesn't seem consistent with your other prices. Just an observation.

Rob.C
06-15-2007, 05:09 PM
40 min total mowing, but I factor in gas prices, equipment costs, I have 100,000 dollars in equipment, the lowest I would take would be around $80-$95

coonman
06-15-2007, 05:14 PM
I think he is low. But it depends on the situation. If you are cutting an acre lot in a wealthy neighborhood $80 dollars is too low. If you are cutting an industrial area that has 5 acres, I would not think you could get anywhere near 145 per acre.

rodfather
06-15-2007, 05:18 PM
Looking at your price scale a little closer. If you charge 48.00 for 18,500 sq ft. Which is a little under 1/2 an acre why the jump to 115 to 145? Doesn't seem consistent with your other prices. Just an observation.

Agreed...145 for an acre? Where, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Gimme a friggin break already :laugh:

Bigray
06-15-2007, 05:27 PM
75-80 here is what i charge for 1 acre avg. m,t,e,b

americanlawn
06-15-2007, 08:15 PM
Seing your prices makes me think we are not charging enough.

Rob.C
06-15-2007, 09:51 PM
I wouldnt charge 145 per acre for a 5 acre account , I would at least charge 285-350 depending on obstacles, if they are a weekly cut or a bi-weekly cut, If they had my fertilization service would also be a factor, but just to cut it at least 300+, your talking about 225,000 sqft. I think presentation is avery big key. If u pill up in front of someones house with a piece of **** truck and rusty old mowers no u cant charge that, if u pull up in front of someones house with a brand new f-350 lariat with all new equipment, a proffesional logo, they will undetrstand why u charge so much, stand behind your products, and services, I do not work for nothing 90-110 dollars a hr for mowing at least, 150-180 hr for fertilizing.:weightlifter:

grapeford
06-15-2007, 10:12 PM
We do a minimum of $100-120.00 per hour mowing. Trying to get your routes into a close proximity is key. I've been doing this for 20 years, and have built up a solid client base. When i first started out, I would've gone to Alaska to mow a lawn. There's always some lawn monkey putting up leaflets on telephone poles promoting lawns cut for $ 20.00, those aren't the customer you want.

Vikings
06-15-2007, 10:17 PM
My biggest yard is almost 19,000 sq ft total lot size and I get $55.. and I'm not happy. I do yards for $35 that are less then half the size.

Envy Lawn Service
06-15-2007, 10:41 PM
I too price based on volume of work to be performed.

I usually just use TOTAL lot size.
Faster to mow straight through an area than it is to mow around it.

For an acre my minimum starting price is $90, but I can't think of one I do for $90 an acre.
Most are $100 and over, depending on terrain and amount of trimming.

DuraCutter
06-15-2007, 11:57 PM
I ran into a friend of mine and he says he charges only 75-80 dollars to mow a acre lot residential or commercial, I think that is way to low, I charge bettween 115 -145 for a acre, what are your opinions I think he is to low, we both work-out of st. louis. heres what I usualy charge. I charge more in some of my wealthy areas.

1,000-3 $32.00
4,000 $32.00
4,500 $32.00
5,000 $32.00
5,500 $32.00
6,000 $32.00
6,500 $32.00
7,000 $32.00
7,500 $32.00
8,000 $35.00
8,500 $36.00
9,000 $36.00
9,500 $36.00
10,000 $39.00
10,500 $39.00
11,000 $39.00
11,500 $39.00
12,000 $41.00
12,500 $41.00
13,000 $42.00
13,500 $42.00
14,000 $44.00
14,500 $44.00
15,000 $44.00
15,500 $44.00
16,000 $46.00
16,500 $46.00
17,000 $46.00
17,500 $46.00
18,000 $48.00
18,500 $48.00

Guys, if he can get these prices the better for him.

Lawncare pays so little to start with, it's nice to see someone raise the bar.

No need to get jealous and dump on him.. jmho

:)

fiveoboy01
06-16-2007, 12:34 AM
Oh I don't know if anyone's really dumping on him. I just think it's hard to get those prices in MOST areas. I won't go so far as to say the prices are crazy cause if someone's willing to pay that, there's nothing wrong with charging it.

However, this thread does have me thinking, if I could get 90 bucks an acre, even if I had half as many customers accept, it would work out better for me. Maybe next year when I have more resources and especially time to get new accounts, I will try upping my prices for the acre-ish size properties and see how it works.

Rob.C
06-16-2007, 01:57 AM
Yeah I do take a risk asking those prices, but you just have to have confidence in your work ethic, I see it this way I rather have 100 quality accounts than 150 under priced accounts u have to worry about upping the prices, start out profitable. I go by a chart, i have a formula u guys might have used might not have this is how it works.....(1) dont put trimming bagging edging in one package, my price sheet has the cost of the mowing, then a seperate price for the bagging and trimming. If u do it this way it looks more appealing to the customer, and if u get a irrate customer u can say well i will through the trimming in for free that way u dont have to lower the initial price here is a exsample of my official price sheet, I start with my minimum and go up 1% for every 500 sqft up to (1) acre then I lower it to 0.5 %. on trimming and bagging its a standard 0.25% for every 500 sqft it works so if u want to raise your prices just add a little more percentage to it......SEE ATTACHMENTS

jbone
06-16-2007, 02:55 AM
the cost your friend is charging may also be because of his overhead costs. I am cheaper than some of the other lco's in my area. I too have bice equipment and trucks. But I believe I manage my costs better, I have less debt, and I dont charge people more money b/c they make more money. Unlike some of the other lco's in my area.

Rob.C
06-16-2007, 03:01 AM
I charge per zip code, I have (2) price sheets, I also offer senior citizen and veterans discounts, I work with people, but I have to make a good profit or its not worth my time. some of my areas have 1-2 million dollar house and yes I do charge more, they can afford it.

lawnguy5
06-16-2007, 04:08 AM
Man you should have a business where I do we're lucky if we get 30 for an acre. And thats pushin it.