View Full Version : What's your Minimum????

03-26-2002, 03:33 PM
I realize this comes up quite often in threads, but seeing that a new season is upon us, I thought I would ask this. What is the least amount you would charge to mow a yard? And please, let's try to refrain from arguing. It should be interesting to see what parts of the country get what prices. Mine is $30/cut.


03-26-2002, 05:02 PM
I charge $20 right now cause I'm only a kid but eventually I want the prices to go up to about $30. $20 satisfies me right now and it helps beat out the other landscapers trying to get business. Once the people realize that I do an excellent job they will have no problem paying for $30 a cut.

03-26-2002, 05:13 PM
$30...but then again, it takes longer to get the equipment off the trailer than it does to mow the yard. Any body else have those kind of jobs?

Premo Services
03-26-2002, 05:27 PM
With everything on the rise, this year I will be at 30.00 minimun.
BUT, I have 3 condos next to each other that take 10 minutes each to cut and trim with a 21 inch toro. I get 17.00 a peice for these properties.:D I would love to have 100 of these!!!!

Bunton Guy
03-26-2002, 05:28 PM
Heck yeah...it takes me about 2 minutes per account to juggle with equipment. I can tell you for a fact that it is a pain moving 1 36" , 2 48" , 1 61" Z....and a21" push not fun if you need the 36" which is at the front will take a few minutes to unload onto the street which looks bad .

03-26-2002, 05:32 PM
New quotes $25. I do have some in the 20s around my home town. I even had some in the 15 range but I am worken them up or out.

03-26-2002, 06:01 PM
Mine minimum is $30
cut, trim, edge and blow NOTHING with a 21" either with 36" or 60" ZTR and now I have a new 52" Turf Tracer to mix in.
My neighbours I do for 20-25 but have 5 of them and I have cut them for many years.

Not to pick on anyone in particular but Lawnkid said that he is starting at $20 and would like them to go up to $30, even with doing an excellent job you probably wont be able to jump from 20-30 very easily with customers you have serviced before.

03-26-2002, 06:13 PM
$35 and ^

SJR Lawncare
03-26-2002, 06:55 PM
I have 1 acct. that takes me less than 5 minutes to Mow, trim, edge, & blow. It is right on my route, so I charge $15 per cut. This customer also has me do bed clean-up, mulching, leaf removal. etc... so it to me is worth a stop for $15.00

03-26-2002, 07:26 PM
With the account I do have. I have to make $30.00 an hour
to cover cost.

So yes.... if it takes me an hour then I would say $30.00 is

03-26-2002, 08:23 PM
:blob3: We have a group of three lawns side by side that take 1 hr to do all three. We charge $12.50 each. We still get our hourly rate we want and the additional add-ons. This may not really address the question of a minimum because of having a three for one stop. What does it take to drop the gate and unload? ( Real question)

03-26-2002, 08:49 PM
My minimum is $30.00. I would almost rather not do small yards except that is where the money is. Most of my account are so small it takes longer to unload/load than to service. I hate that.

03-26-2002, 09:31 PM
35.00 but most all my accounts are 45 to 90 per cut thats just residential.. Marks Mowing Service

03-26-2002, 10:21 PM
my minimum is 7.50, but mine are postage stamps. i get the rate i want because i do a lot of these they usually take 1 person between 5 and 20 minutes, i have one house that takes 3 minutes flat complete mow edge blow .. so 7.50 works for me

03-26-2002, 10:38 PM
i have a few that are so small its 5 min total including loading time. I only take these at 20 bucks if they are on my route and look nice.

03-26-2002, 10:55 PM
when my back tires hit the ground its gonna cost u 25 bux!!!!!!!!

03-27-2002, 12:37 AM
One for $20...only takes a few minutes to mow and only 3 things to trim around.

03-27-2002, 01:55 AM
We have no minimums and I am proud of that. But I must qualify that. In order to do a $15 job we'd already have to be next door and it would have to be something that only took like 5 or 10 minutes (i.e. mowing a 10x15 lawn or edging a lawn).

I'll never turn down business, if I can get it easily. But I won't go across town and mow for less than $50 for a one time deal. And even that, I woudn't do unless we were bored or something.

03-27-2002, 07:29 AM
Last year $25.00 This Year $30.00

03-27-2002, 09:33 AM
Like Jim, I have no minimum. Like Jim, I'm proud of that. :)

Unlike Jim, I take on jobs for $10-12/cut even if I don't have customers next door yet. I simply make sure I'm making the necessary rate for my time. If they're well off my established routes, however, I'll add to the rate to make up for the drive time.

I've noticed many times that we west coasters have a bit more lax policy when regards minimums. Out here, you won't see many properties measured in acres, or even 1/4 acres, so the policies must be set up differently.

I'm always surprised when I measure up a property and find that it's 6000 square feet plus. That's huge! :)

03-27-2002, 10:58 AM
I mow these condos......there are a couple of peoples i do for $4....but takes less than 10 minutes to do both....one of them is the treasurer of the Home Owner's Association....so it's no problem.....


03-27-2002, 11:01 AM
I'm always surprised when I measure up a property and find that it's 6000 square feet plus. That's huge! :-) Well, I am glad to see I am not the only one. It's nice to know there's someone else here who manages the same size of properties.