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shutzero
08-30-2009, 08:13 AM
Just starting my landscaping business and I don't know realy how to charge for leaf removal and plowng...any insight?
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JNyz
08-30-2009, 09:49 AM
Leaf removal is $60.00 per man hour and plowing is $150.00 per truck.

shutzero
08-30-2009, 02:14 PM
Is it 150 per plow?
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shutzero
08-30-2009, 02:18 PM
And it's 60 per hour for each guy that's doing leaf removal? So 3 guys taking 2 hours is 360?
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JNyz
08-30-2009, 02:32 PM
Is it 150 per plow?
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150 per truck per hour.

JNyz
08-30-2009, 02:39 PM
And it's 60 per hour for each guy that's doing leaf removal? So 3 guys taking 2 hours is 360?
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Yes, if you show up with commercial equipment[redmax 8001 back packs, 11+hp push blower and a 20+hp loader] that would be the minimum I would charge for 2 hours. Now if you show up with bamboo rakes and brown bags maybe you should drop your hourly rate to 15.00 per hour. Since this is a commercial forum, I gave you commercial rates. I can clean up a 1 acre property with 14 yards of leaves loaded into my dump with 3 men in less then 2 hours. So doesn't 360 sound fair? To me and my clients it a fair deal.

shutzero
08-30-2009, 02:43 PM
No that sounds good I was just clarifying. And what about plowing
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JNyz
08-30-2009, 02:53 PM
Plowing is 150.00 per hour per truck for a guy who can plow.

You just can't put estimates in the mail, you have to meet these potential clients face to face and explain why your price is a little higher. If you can do it in two hours and the other guy wants 30 per man hour and it will take him 4 hours what is the difference. You have to explain that to the client, most just look at the number at the bottom.

shutzero
08-30-2009, 02:57 PM
ahh ok i gotcha...ive heard of some people just contracting out a set price at the beginning of the season and will plow every time it snows no matter how many or little times it is, but it makes sense what youre saying

JNyz
08-30-2009, 03:02 PM
there are all kind of ways to set a price. by the hour works out well for me.

shutzero
08-30-2009, 03:03 PM
cool, thanks!

Big Reggie Regg
08-30-2009, 04:54 PM
yes i am having trouble pricing hedge's .I try and get between $65.00 to $85.00 .Some peoples say it's to much,some peoples go with it...I just need to stick to one price..please help me out...

JNyz
08-30-2009, 05:00 PM
What?????????

Big Reggie Regg
08-30-2009, 05:00 PM
So more less you charge by the hour when you do a leaf clean up job.Not a flat rate

JNyz
08-30-2009, 05:05 PM
How can you charge a flat rate? Nothing is ever the same. By the hour is fair to you and the client.

shutzero
08-30-2009, 05:10 PM
he makes a very good point. hard to just put a flat rate out there when someone could have 3 bushes and another could have a whole border.

TSB group
08-30-2009, 09:18 PM
You should never do anything by a flat rate. Nothing is ever the same, even in a townhouse/rowhouse. People that want a flat rate are really just going to pick you apart and are better left to the guy with the pick up truck full of home depot mowers.