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capetan
07-08-2008, 11:44 PM
Is $75 an hour for me and a helper to much .....
I am a legal business, pay taxes, insurances, etc....
would you guys say iam low, middle, or high with this rate
i work in Maryland, in Baltimore and Howard county

zMaster225
07-09-2008, 12:42 AM
Definitely not too much. Depends on what kind of work you are doing though.

syzer
07-09-2008, 12:54 AM
Doesnt matter what anyone on here says. It matters that you are recovering your overhead, and direct expenses. If you can do that at $35.00 an hour thats great, you will have a heads up on a lot of your competition, if its $75.00 and hour then you may have to get out and bid more work to make the numbers work. Its all up to your overhead and direct costs.

White Gardens
07-09-2008, 02:03 AM
I'm finding out more and more that I'm just giving a final price on labor in most of my estimates/bids. I just did a job that I got 125 an hour labor only because I was trying to keep the job within market value and wanted to keep the final cost close to my bid.

Can I get that on just general maintenece?? I seriously doubt it. I usually try to keep it around 40 - 45 for maintence.

If your way more efficient than you competitors too, then you have to take that in account. If it takes one company X amount of hours, and you do the same job in half the time, then should you charge less. No Way.

It's all in the job, pricing, market value, cost of living, overhead, ect. I'm sure in the Baltimore area, your cost of living alone is high.

andyslawncare
07-09-2008, 03:24 AM
with 2 of us I get at least 70/hr
3 of us I aim for around 100/hr

how much overhead do you have??? make sure you put money in your pocket! If your customers are loyal to you, they will pay what ever you charge as long as you do a kick ass job.

Itsgottobegreen
07-09-2008, 11:29 PM
I was getting $65-75 for the first guy and $55 for each addtion guy when I still had crews. Went back to parttime solo.

Green Finger
07-10-2008, 09:25 PM
Doesnt matter what anyone on here says. It matters that you are recovering your overhead, and direct expenses. If you can do that at $35.00 an hour thats great, you will have a heads up on a lot of your competition, if its $75.00 and hour then you may have to get out and bid more work to make the numbers work. Its all up to your overhead and direct costs.


He's right. Are you paying taxes. Social Security etc. 1099 or paying them straight up (under the table)

If you can do the job pay your employees and cover expenses+profit. You'll be ok.

I have minimums on certain jobs. But with this economy I have learned to be creative and FLEXABLE.:dancing:

Mike33
07-10-2008, 10:44 PM
Im from w. md. Cumberland area. Thats a little high for here but your probably low to average for your area. If i could get 75 i would take it.
mike

capetan
07-11-2008, 02:06 AM
the reason i ask, i am solo for about 50% of the time, and if i get busy i can get another landscaper to help me.... with me and my helper i dont think i could make a living if i charged below $75 for both of us, will i be losing a lot of jobs/bids at this rate or i am i way to low and could charge more, if this price is to high i might have to rethink my profession or just do this part time

JNyz
07-11-2008, 10:45 PM
75 will work if you can bill out 2000 hrs a year. You should also try to do proposals for most of your jobs. Example tell the client you can do the job for 900.00. You finish the job in 6.5 hrs and go to a small job for about 200.00. Now in one day you did 1100.00 which works out to be over 100/hr for a 9-10hr day. Only work by the hour when you have too.

wrtenterprises
07-12-2008, 05:00 PM
I used to do some work in Ellicott City in the late 90's, and I would have to say you could get more. Howard County MD. is one of the wealthiest counties in the USA. My in-laws live in Montgomery County, and I know for a fact they pay much more than that for hourly lawn services, such as Spring and Fall clean-up's and bed maintenance.....

phlandscaping
07-12-2008, 05:25 PM
I agree, never put hourly rate in you're customers head! I had one job where I figured $100 an hr for me and 1 worker, for 10 hrs. The customer heard me talk about this when I was trying to work out the estimate. We ended up working hard and getting the job finished in 8 hrs, and customer wanted us to do extra work! I had to tell him that the extra work wasn't under the proposal but since we were there, we could do the work for an extra $100, did the work and finished in just under an hr. But in this area you should be able to make $50 a man hr! Don't worry about trying to lower your prices because you're work will suffer do to it... The "Competition" that low balls won't be around next year, and you won't be upset because you broke your back just to cover expenses!

capnsac
07-12-2008, 10:25 PM
are we talking mowing? If that's the case I'm in a sad state of affairs over here

JNyz
07-12-2008, 10:42 PM
are we talking mowing? If that's the case I'm in a sad state of affairs over here

Anything in the line of landscape contracting. If you are solo and can not bill out an equivalent of 60-75 an hour for over 2000 hrs a year you would be better off getting a job for 25 an hour plus benefits. Twenty five an hour plus benefits will come to over 80k a year. Some say those jobs are not out there but they are you just have look for them and sell yourself.

phlandscaping
07-12-2008, 10:53 PM
The hourly rate will always fluctuate according to where you live... Cost of living may be much cheaper where you live...

Green Finger
07-12-2008, 11:02 PM
I know some older guys who charge between $80-$100 per cut. quarter of an acre. For some reason Maryland, Virginia, D.C area pays well.


Especially McClean VA area$$$$$$$$$$:weightlifter:

capnsac
07-13-2008, 12:39 AM
nope, the midwest isn't even close to that. 30-35, maybe 40 is the going rate for a quarter of an acre. Anything higher and people start looking at you funny.

JNyz
07-13-2008, 07:18 AM
nope, the midwest isn't even close to that. 30-35, maybe 40 is the going rate for a quarter of an acre. Anything higher and people start looking at you funny.

What is wrong with that. Throw enough sh t against a wall and some will stick.

capnsac
07-13-2008, 08:58 AM
What is wrong with that. Throw enough sh t against a wall and some will stick.

I'm confused what you mean.

JNyz
07-13-2008, 04:12 PM
Sometimes if pays to do more estimates then you have time to do the work. If you would normally bid 1000.00 to do the job bid 1700.00. Soon you will start to get those jobs. For mowing jobs it pays to do plenty of proposals. normal rate 40.00. bid 75. soon you will get some of those jobs.

capnsac
07-13-2008, 07:09 PM
Sometimes if pays to do more estimates then you have time to do the work. If you would normally bid 1000.00 to do the job bid 1700.00. Soon you will start to get those jobs. For mowing jobs it pays to do plenty of proposals. normal rate 40.00. bid 75. soon you will get some of those jobs.

I might try that come next season if I think I have the right customer for that. I wanna stick to the sure thing for now until I can really afford to try something different. I'll try it at least once though.

capetan
07-17-2008, 11:37 PM
so I guess $75 for 2 guys doing yard maintenance work is on par ?

TNT LawnCare Inc.
07-18-2008, 12:00 AM
Whats it costing you to run your business per hour ? Whats your overhead cost ? Whats it cost you about to run your business a week.

capetan
07-18-2008, 11:17 AM
after taxes and cost of running a business i take home about 30%-35% of $75 per hour, i dont see how this information has anything to do with having a competitive prices ? I am asking if $75 for 2 guys performing landscaping maintenance work is a reasonable price ( to high, average or to low) ?

JNyz
07-18-2008, 05:04 PM
I would say close to average.

TNT LawnCare Inc.
07-19-2008, 12:16 AM
What do you consider landscape maintenance, weeding beds and pruning, Mulch installs ? I think your about average ,dependes on the area. Some areas we can get 90-100 an hour.

capetan
07-19-2008, 12:21 AM
[/QUOTE]What do you consider landscape maintenance, weeding beds and pruning, Mulch installs [QUOTE]

yes