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silverspade
04-02-2008, 11:29 PM
Hi,

I just started a business and I spent my day driving around figuring out quotes, what I did was measured lawns. So I'm wondering what to the pros charge for the sq foot if they do? Or if you charge lawns by small med. and large how many sq. feet fall into each of the 3 categories?

silverspade
04-02-2008, 11:40 PM
I meant charging not charing lol... fry your lawn by the sq. ft...

MowHouston
04-02-2008, 11:46 PM
I've been using...

< 5,999 square feet* - $25.00
6,000 - 9,999 sq ft - $30.00
10,000 - 12,999 sq ft - $35.00
13,000 - 15,999 sq ft - $40.00
16,000 - 18,999 sq ft - $46.00
19,000 - 21,999 sq ft - $52.00
22,000 - 24,999 sq ft - $60.00

...with pretty good results.

This is this square footage of the house subtracted from the square footage of the lot as found on www.zillow.com or the county's appraisal records.

Of course prices will vary depending on where you live.

silverspade
04-02-2008, 11:54 PM
Ok my problem is this, i do student housing so the lots are small, 4000 at biggest, most are 1200-2000.. So you'd only charge 25 dollars on those from the moment you opened your truck and then drove off?

silverspade
04-03-2008, 01:12 AM
anyone else?

MowHouston
04-03-2008, 01:21 AM
I guess you would need to figure out how long it all takes you and figure out how much you want to be earning per minute to get your rate.

Personally, I charge a minimum of $25. even if its a townhome.

sandman23
04-03-2008, 01:33 AM
Roughly $10.00 per sqft. $35.00 Min.

Frontstreetlawns
04-03-2008, 02:37 AM
damn sand man. id never hire you. if i had a 1000 sq ft lawn you would charge me 10,000 bucks:)

Big C
04-03-2008, 04:12 AM
I charge a $25 trip fee + $1 for every 1000 sq. ft. + any misc. charges for excessive growth/trimming/edging etc...

So as an example a 5000 sq ft lawn would look like this : $25 + 5= $30

hope this helps!!!!

MowHouston
04-03-2008, 10:53 AM
I charge a $25 trip fee + $1 for every 1000 sq. ft. + any misc. charges for excessive growth/trimming/edging etc...

So as an example a 5000 sq ft lawn would look like this : $25 + 5= $30

hope this helps!!!!

I like this one. I think I might adopt this method for more accurate pricing. Thanks a lot

silverspade
04-03-2008, 11:07 AM
Thanks Big C, I wish more people in this forum were helpful like you, unlike sandman.

MowHouston
04-03-2008, 11:19 AM
Big C, is that sq ft before improvements or do you use a measuring wheel?

daveintoledo
04-03-2008, 01:28 PM
most pros dont do it this way, too many variables...... trimming edging, obsticles...

you have to figure out your true cost of doing business plus a profit margin, there is no secret formula to this...

you will make some mistakes and learn from them, this is how it is done

Big C
04-03-2008, 03:02 PM
Big C, is that sq ft before improvements or do you use a measuring wheel?

I use a measuring wheel

Big C
04-03-2008, 03:11 PM
most pros dont do it this way, too many variables...... trimming edging, obsticles...

you have to figure out your true cost of doing business plus a profit margin, there is no secret formula to this...

you will make some mistakes and learn from them, this is how it is done

Oh and the "cost of doing business" doesn't have any varibles:confused:...also as a way to doublecheck myself I use the old $1/min. as a backup calculation..they are normally within $5 of each other. And who said this is a "secret formula" I like to think of it as a little common sense mixed with keeping things as simple and uniform as possible. You "pros" do what is best for your business and I will do what is best for mine.......Good luck this season!!!......I'm out