View Full Version : What do you charge for clean-ups??

11-17-2001, 07:35 PM
Hi, looks like a great site. I was wondering what you guys charge to do fall and spring cleanups? I do this as a side job and another guy helps me do the work, and i charge $40/man hour as of now. So when i come to a cleanup and spend an hour with two people, it would be $80.00 I am just mulching the leaves with ztr's, no raking, also blowing the leaves out of beds and stuff like that. Do you guys think that is too expensive or not enough?? Thanks. Looking forward to your response.

11-17-2001, 07:58 PM
i think u may be a tad bit on the high side there but pricing depends on ur area. also u might save time by usind doubles.

however please do a search, u will get all of our answers to ur question for it has been asked many times

11-17-2001, 08:16 PM
Not bad. I get $75 per a man hour for vacing them up. T&M is the best way to go.

11-19-2001, 06:23 PM
$65 per man hour to blow out beds, etc., with backpacks. $65 - $95 per man hour to use WB's with front-mounted Trac Vacs or 72" Toro Groundsmasters with rear vacuum systems.

I know a lot of people who don't mind mowing their own grass...haven't met too many people that like to rake their own leaves, though. That's why we charge what we do for Spring & Fall Clean-ups.

Hope that helps...

11-19-2001, 06:48 PM
I gotta move to new jersey,65.00 a man hour for using a backpack blower-wow

11-19-2001, 07:25 PM
If you can pay your bills, cover your expenses, and keep a 40% profit then I would say that you are doing it right. ;)

If you dont know what your costs are then you need to evaluate what they are and set your profits accordingly. I would think that for your position that the $40 should suffice. Many like to get $1/minute or as close to it as they can.


11-19-2001, 08:54 PM
fastrunner? Boy, do I feel inadequate, now!:(

11-20-2001, 04:01 PM
$1.08 per minute, plus disposal. and we get paid for every minute. if we start at 9:45 and stop at 11:47, we get 2 hrs and 2 minutes.

11-20-2001, 04:41 PM

Just wondering how you came up with a number like $1.08/minute? Do you have a problem with customers and stopwatches?

11-20-2001, 04:48 PM

I think he was shooting at $65/hr. However to make sure that he doesnt lose money he should change the buck 8 to $1.09 and then he will never be on the low side. ;)


11-20-2001, 05:11 PM
Slowing down up there Kris? LOL Thanks for the math lesson. I just figure $65/hour rounded out in 15 minute increments. Less chance to lose that way. Usually end up making $80/hr when all said and done with. ;)

P.S. You planning on coming down this way any time soon? Longwood Gardens has their X-mas display up now and if you've never seen it, it is awe inspiring!!!

11-20-2001, 05:28 PM
Yes as a matter of fact I just received an e-mail from a fellow student of theirs who is coming to Watertown for Turkey Day with her sister from DC (they should be stopping by the new digs either on the way in or out of NY).

I will try to set up my schedule to coincide with theirs so that we can go. I will get back at you when I find something out.

BTW I have seen the display and it is something to be desired. :D

Enjoy your Holiday!

11-21-2001, 01:22 AM
i know it seems rather petty to charge down to the minute, but my help gets paid while traveling, and i dont, so i want my $1.08 for every minute. anyone else quote an hourly rate to customers? im trying it for the first time this season, and at first it was working out ok, now, i think im about 0 for my last 10 or 12 callbacks.

11-21-2001, 03:18 AM
we quote by the job not by the hour

11-21-2001, 03:32 AM
Mine breaks down to $1.25 a minute, and yes by the hour does go down to the minute.

EG: 1 hour 1 min. + $76.25

David Haggerty
11-21-2001, 05:43 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by rodfather
[B] 72" Toro Groundsmasters with rear vacuum systems.

How do you like the vacuum system for your Groundsmasters?
Do you use a leaf mulching kit with that vacuum system?


11-21-2001, 09:21 AM
Where in Chicago are you? I know you aren't gettin those prices down on 111th street. Besides there aren't that many trees left in the old neighborhood.

Like I said, price is different in many areas. If you can get that kind of coin for a clean-up, thats great. If you are out in the North or Western burbs there is lots of cash to go around. Good Luck.

11-21-2001, 09:31 AM
bbbbuurrrrrrr Watertown too darn cold.