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4 seasons lawn&land
10-16-2008, 05:55 PM
First cut down 3-4ft tall grasses on both sides of a small stream that runs through the lawn with a Stihl brush cutter. Then pulled it all out onto the lawn with a metal rake. Dropped the deck on the Z and plowed it all up with that. then backed the truck up to the piles and threw them in. Filled the back of the truck about as much as possible but just 1 trip. Dumped it down a bank on site. Trimmed the whole area to give it a smoother finished look. Last, blew the remaining bit in the lawn back into the stream. 6 hours going pretty much as fast as possible.


Equipment used

truck
mower
trlr
2 trimmers
blower
rakes

punt66
10-16-2008, 06:01 PM
6 X $85= $510 thats my minimum.

topsites
10-16-2008, 07:20 PM
Oh...

In that case I would've took my time and made sure it took all of 8 hours so then I can bill them 650...
Come to think of it why should I be so shy, if I stretch it out to 12 hours I bill a grand even?
Especially since I don't got a clue as to how much work it involved.

Then again, maybe this was already like that. :p

mngrassguy
10-16-2008, 07:24 PM
6x$70.00= $420.00

punt66
10-16-2008, 07:49 PM
Oh...

In that case I would've took my time and made sure it took all of 8 hours so then I can bill them 650...
Come to think of it why should I be so shy, if I stretch it out to 12 hours I bill a grand even?
Especially since I don't got a clue as to how much work it involved.

Then again, maybe this was already like that. :p

toppy, i earn about 85 an hour mowing on average. Why would i stop my profitable mowing to work for less cleaning somebodys yard? A 6 hour fall cleanup is over $800 in my neck of the woods. Lets hear how you charge?

4 seasons lawn&land
10-16-2008, 08:53 PM
Oh...

In that case I would've took my time and made sure it took all of 8 hours so then I can bill them 650...
Come to think of it why should I be so shy, if I stretch it out to 12 hours I bill a grand even?
Especially since I don't got a clue as to how much work it involved.

Then again, maybe this was already like that. :p



wha?........

Sweet Tater
10-16-2008, 09:02 PM
toppy, i earn about 85 an hour mowing on average. Why would i stop my profitable mowing to work for less cleaning somebodys yard? A 6 hour fall cleanup is over $800 in my neck of the woods. Lets hear how you charge?

Dude, wish I could gt half that around here. ya'll must be rich up in them thar northen states. :)

4 seasons lawn&land
10-16-2008, 09:04 PM
sounds a little exagerated to me... I was thinking 400

punt66
10-16-2008, 09:39 PM
Dude, wish I could gt half that around here. ya'll must be rich up in them thar northen states. :)

Well the same $125,000 home down there would cost $400,000 up here. Prices are higher but so are costs of living. Its all relative. Its easy to get caught up comparing eachothers billing while forgetting were in different markets.

punt66
10-16-2008, 09:44 PM
Thats $66 per hour. Thats respectable.

dura to the max
10-16-2008, 10:22 PM
i would take $66/hr...

4 seasons lawn&land
10-16-2008, 10:52 PM
the 800 suggested would be 133 per hour. Are you sure you thought that one through. That sounds close to losing the account. This is a weekly mowing account as well.

dura to the max
10-16-2008, 10:55 PM
i think $400 is very fair to you and the customer

dura to the max
10-16-2008, 10:56 PM
in the future price should be determined beforehand though...

4 seasons lawn&land
10-16-2008, 11:00 PM
It's an established account, not a 1 timer. He asks me to take care of things and I do and charge accordingly. How do you know an exact cost beforehand. You can do an estimate/window type thing.

dura to the max
10-16-2008, 11:07 PM
i look at the job and weigh out the different phases of it, determine my costs, determine time, and charge accordingly. if i figure $300, we agree on the price, and it takes 1hr and i clear $200 i come out great, if we agree on $300 and it takes me 4 hours and i clear $50 i take a loss.

with experience you rarely lose on those type jobs.

i would hate to work 6 hours though, send a bill for $400 and blow him out of the water b/c he thought it would be in the $150-200 range. then you risk losing the $ from the one time job and losing the account because you cant prove that he owes you x $. even a verbal acceptance of your bid is better than nothing.

punt66
10-17-2008, 07:04 AM
the 800 suggested would be 133 per hour. Are you sure you thought that one through. That sounds close to losing the account. This is a weekly mowing account as well.

You misunderstood the post. I told you in the previous post of $510. I was just comparing another job. FALL CLEANUP. If you were on a fall cleanup for 6 hours running blowers, vacs, mowers with baggers etc what would you charge? Well over $100ph. I would get $85 per hour but would price the job not by the hour. You should ALWAYS get a price ok before doing it.

4 seasons lawn&land
10-17-2008, 12:30 PM
got ya, makes sence now