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01-08-2012, 06:54 PM
I'm in North Carolina and trying to get a consensus on how many mowings people are figuring. I usually figure the requested frequency of mowings during the growing and leaf season.( growing season is March-Sept/Oct if not seeded with rye and leafs from the end of growing season until Christmas). Here we get leaves up on a weekly or every 2 week basis, whatever the customer's normal mowing schedule is. During the winter I figure in visits every 2 weeks if its a weekly customer and once a month if its a every 2 week customer. That way the get trash and the property checked on. If the property isn't sprayed the winter weeds may need cutting but very little trimming.
I usually get the "as needed" request on commercial properties and most of the times when asked they do little to expand on what they expect. So to me that will mean a weekly mowing customer. Wondering if they are a customer who also gets lawn applications if "as needed" really means March- December here with no visits in the winter?
I'm happy with residential and like the loyalty that it provides. However commercial will give me the cash flow to expand and add employees. Curious how many cuts or visits everyone factors in around North Carolina. Maybe charge a cut price during growing/leaf season and then half price during the winter?
01-08-2012, 06:55 PM
Maybe you figure in some "free weed applications" and then charge them for a few winter cuts when things are dormant and weed free?
01-09-2012, 12:21 AM
All my commercial are year round contracts So I normally figure around 38 mows depending on presence of irrigation and fert program. I am also there almost every week in the off season blowing weekly and keeping a fresh edge on thing bi-weekly
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01-09-2012, 12:54 AM
North Carolina has a few different climates: Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal, so it will vary. Mowing and leaf clean-up, also vary depending on temperatures and rainfall.
The leaves fell over two weeks earlier than last year.
Droughts = less mowing / less leaves for a few years
Excess rain=more mowing / tougher schedule / more leaves for a few years.
Warm period in winter= mow it to restripe it.
Wet winter= let it get a little raggedy.
All our customers are year round. Weekly service only. Leaf removal : as often as possibly. Commercial properties are visited weekly year round. I bill them the same thig 12 months out of the year + seed, fert, annuals, etc.
If it's a $50 a week mow, It will cost them $200 a month year round + expected leaf removal cost if applicable, + excessive shrubbery trimming.
01-09-2012, 08:47 AM
Thanks guys. Depending on how often they want the property serviced, I figure routine work from March-December to account for mowing and leaves. I then discount the winter service since most of mine are dormant and it may be just trash, blow parking lot/walk, or no need for anything.
Think my pricing is pretty competitive. I guess the problem I'm having is I figure in winter visits and my competition doesn't. The bad thing is most of the time they just want bottom line price even if I offer more.
01-09-2012, 07:18 PM
As for winter service...It doesn't take much more effort to mow a lawn, than it takes to blow off the driveway and pick up some sticks. The drive time and fuel and equipment expenses last year round. It takes longer to pick up sticks and blow a few leaves off the lawn to make it look maintained, than it takes to mow. My house keeper doesn't charge depending on how much she cleans this week, she charges me the same, and she does whatever needs to be done.
In the Spring when the grass is plush, and you're getting excessive rain, and you have to mow and blow the clumps, or double cut...will the customer pay double?
01-09-2012, 08:17 PM
Charge the same price every month. Winter time will be when you really make your money.
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