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mwells7
09-19-2007, 10:26 PM
Hi, I Am A New Lawn Care Business Owner Out Of Baltimore Maryland And I Was Just Curious If Charging Customers $30/1000sq Ft Was A Good Deal Our Not. All Comments Are Welcomed Including Constructive Criticism Thanks

Albery's Lawn & Tractor
09-19-2007, 10:34 PM
Thats alot of money for only1K sq feet. But if you can get it more power to ya

Matts lawn care
09-19-2007, 10:43 PM
Good luck getting that, but if you can go for it.

SangerLawn
09-19-2007, 10:45 PM
matts lawn care
that quote from topsites... i love it!!! when he first posted that i about fell out of my chair lol

mwells7
09-19-2007, 10:55 PM
that price was just for mowing. what if i added trimming, edging and clean up? do you think the price is still to steep? thanks 4 the replys.

lawnprosteveo
09-19-2007, 10:58 PM
Ive never liked pricing mowing by the square foot. Two yards the same size can be way different to mow. More or less trimming. More or less crap in the yard. Ditch or no ditch....

HOOLIE
09-19-2007, 11:00 PM
I could see getting $30 for a 1k lawn, but if you mean $30 PER thousand feet, then no...I'd be getting $150 per lawn instead of around $35-$40.

mwells7
09-19-2007, 11:02 PM
Ive never liked pricing mowing by the square foot. Two yards the same size can be way different to mow. More or less trimming. More or less crap in the yard. Ditch or no ditch....

like i said im new to this lawn care thing and im having a hard time finding a way to approach pricing lawns without being too expensive. thanks for the reply> what stratagies do u use if you do not mind sharing?

mwells7
09-19-2007, 11:07 PM
I could see getting $30 for a 1k lawn, but if you mean $30 PER thousand feet, then no...I'd be getting $150 per lawn instead of around $35-$40.

sorry for the confusing:confused: i didnt mean $30 per 1k sq ft. i just wanted to create a bottom line for myself so i can profit eventually. i just don't think its worth pulling equipment off of my truck for anything less than a 1000 sqft lot or anything priced less than $30 bucks. does that seem reasonable????

Wells
09-19-2007, 11:08 PM
that price was just for mowing. what if i added trimming, edging and clean up? do you think the price is still to steep? thanks 4 the replys.
Price is steep for mowing, triming & edging.
1000 sq ft is approx an area 32 ft wide by 32 ft long.
Most people probably aren't going to pay someone $30 to maintain something that small.

mwells7
09-19-2007, 11:12 PM
Price is steep for mowing, triming & edging.
1000 sq ft is approx an area 32 ft wide by 32 ft long.
Most people probably aren't going to pay someone $30 to maintain something that small.

just out of curiosity, how much would you spend to for someone to maintain your 1k sqft lot?:) :)

HOOLIE
09-19-2007, 11:17 PM
sorry for the confusing:confused: i didnt mean $30 per 1k sq ft. i just wanted to create a bottom line for myself so i can profit eventually. i just don't think its worth pulling equipment off of my truck for anything less than a 1000 sqft lot or anything priced less than $30 bucks. does that seem reasonable????

$30 is a fair minimum price, but depends on what your goals are, for a development with super small lots, you can make a ton of money by lining up a bunch of customers. In that situation you might want to consider going a bit lower and doing some advertising in that development. For example, you can make a killing mowing townhouses, even at $20 a pop, provided you have several at each stop. But to just go in and mow one townhouse, you still have the drive time, the unloading time. $20 to go in and out in that situation is a bit low. But if that's your target development then maybe go lower and work on getting more customers in there.

shane mapes
09-19-2007, 11:18 PM
new guy i charge by how long it takes me. not by the foot. i charge a flat rate per month- weekly or bi-weekly and a one year contract. all edging trimming and fertilizing is in the price. here in cal. we mow all year long .no snow here or freezing weather. most of my lawns take about 20 min. i charge $60.00-$65.00 per hour .so for a 20 min job i round it up to $25.00 per mow

Wells
09-19-2007, 11:22 PM
just out of curiosity, how much would you spend to for someone to maintain your 1k sqft lot?:) :)

1000 sq ft is about the size of an average 2-car garage, even with a 21" mower something that size could be cut, edged and blown in less then 10 minutes, 15 if your really slow. $20 sounds about right....

Clear-Cut
09-19-2007, 11:47 PM
here in jersey...around me at least where the lawns are no bigger than 3000 sq ft. ppl charge mostly $20-25

i charge $20 minimum (lawns under 2000 sqft.) then i go up in increments of about $5 for every 1000sqft. over 2000.

topsites
09-20-2007, 12:24 AM
This is what I charge a mere 4 hours south of you...

Lawn Mowing Services:
1 acre = 43,560 sq.ft.

- 1/4 acre lot: Min. $30.00
- 3/8 acre lot: Min. $35.00
- 1/2 acre lot: Min. $40.00
- 5/8 acre lot: Min. $45.00
- 3/4 acre lot: Min. $50.00
- 7/8 acre lot: Min. $55.00
- Full acre: 60

Minimum charge: $30

I'd recommend sticking with those minimums if you need customers, adjust slightly for tough yards thou.
It's as competitive as it gets, I doubt you'd want to do it for less with price of fuel, and it gets the jobs.
It's not lowballing, you'll still get your share of haggling but I recommend stick to your guns.
Seems it doesn't work out per kilosquare, there's just no doing, it keeps getting cheaper per sq.ft. with size...
There might be a formula out there that adjusts for it, but the above is relatively easy to remember.

....................
btw that quote of mine cracks me up pretty good too, thou at the time I wasn't in a great mood and it didn't.

LawnCare_EMT
09-20-2007, 12:36 AM
I do a few Duplexes that are that size and only charge $20, but am able to do that because the 6 duplexes are all in a row. I donít think I would stop my truck and unload for just one property that size. But hey if they let you charge $30 all the power to ya.

M&SLawnCare
09-20-2007, 07:24 PM
I have a minimum 30$ fee and i cut 2 properties under 1000sq.ft. at that price. The bulk of my service area though is in the 1/8 to 1/4 acre yard size. If a majority of your potentual customers live on yards that small i'ld probably go with a 20-25$ minimum fee.

mwells7
09-20-2007, 08:01 PM
$20 to $25 sounds good> thanks for the help guys

lawnprosteveo
09-20-2007, 11:03 PM
like i said im new to this lawn care thing and im having a hard time finding a way to approach pricing lawns without being too expensive. thanks for the reply> what stratagies do u use if you do not mind sharing?My "method" if it can even be called that is really simple and probably will draw some criticism. But I feel I need to be earning around $60 per hour.
If I see a lawn similar to the majority of my other lawns (5 to 8k sq feet...able to use my 48" stander, not too much trimming) then I would price it at $30. I can knock out 2 of those an hour with drive time on average.
If I see a lawn that has alot of 21" mowing, hills, lotsa trimming....then I will estimate how long itll take me. If I think itll take an hour...then I'll bid $60. If I guess 45 minutes...then I'll bid $45.
Im sure there are much better ways to bid...but this seems to work for me..

jiggz
09-20-2007, 11:27 PM
ill tell you this.. That siht is straight highway robbery lol!! but if there your only cut in the area then you kinda have to charge that much..I would prolly charge 25.. cause it sounds soo much cheaper then 30 ((anytime you jump into higher 10's it always sounds ALOT more)) if i tell people 50 for some jobs they look at me crazy but if i say 46 for the same sorta stuff, there whole attitude changes its soo funny..

anyhoo tell them you can drop it to 16-18 if they bring all there there friends on the block

Harshman
09-21-2007, 07:34 AM
Wow! $30 per 1000sf. I'd be rich by now.

Around here (Dallas), the average house is on 1/4 acre (10,800sf) or less. At your rate, thats over $300 per lawn.

Yikes.

mdlwn1
09-21-2007, 07:45 AM
As a minimum I was charging 45. At about 5000...I was closer to 55 for mowing. Chem...I was about 275/season/5000 ft. I had no problem getting that price. Most of my customers cancelled with the $25 guy to pay me more than twice as much. Those who say you CAN'T...just don't know. If you can make a property look better than the next guy over the course of a whole season...and you know how to deal with and train a customer, you can charge a lot more.

coonman
09-21-2007, 05:47 PM
First of all when you bid any lawn you need to include trimming and edging and blowing in the price. Second, yes you can get $30 for those lawns. That is what I try to specialize in, lawns that size. I have two about that size and most the rest of my lawns are just a little bigger. I get $30 for each which is my minimum. This is exactly why I like small lawns, people expect to pay $25-30 for you to show up and do anything. There are plenty of seniors that can not mow their own small lawns. The smaller the lawn, the more profitable it is for me. I find these easy to get also, because most guys won't get off their z or cringe at the thought of using a 21. Good luck.