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Green Up
03-04-2012, 04:40 PM
I have a drum aeration that I have been usingfor several years. I am not sure if I am charging enough. What is the average cost per 1k?
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orangemower
03-04-2012, 04:53 PM
Wow so for years now you don't know if you're charging enough? I don't charge by the square foot/yard. I charge approximately 3 times the mowing price.
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jsslawncare
03-04-2012, 05:06 PM
I charge 3x's what I mow for too.

Green Up
03-04-2012, 05:38 PM
I have been charging little over 2 times mowing price. I always having new customer that just want you to aerate only. I have been charging them by the 1 k. I am trying to make sure that I am in line with other LCOse.
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cgaengineer
03-04-2012, 05:38 PM
$15-$20 per k, 5k minimum charge. I honestly shoot for $20 most of the time since I hate doing it with what I have to use.
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orangemower
03-04-2012, 06:44 PM
I have been charging little over 2 times mowing price. I always having new customer that just want you to aerate only. I have been charging them by the 1 k. I am trying to make sure that I am in line with other LCOse.
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You need to call the companies in your area. The market is different anywhere you go.
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Green Up
03-04-2012, 07:29 PM
THere is no other company here doing it? I have about 70 spraying jobs and cut 400 to 500 yards a year. I do not like doing it either, but there is a niche in the market here foraerating eand spraying. I do want to be fair to obtain more business. However, we are all in the LCO for the money.
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Jeff Tracey Enterprises
03-05-2012, 04:56 PM
I wont take the aerator off of the trailer for less than $100.00. Go with the 3x the mowing cost formula and if it is an uneven yard or with a bunch of obstacles go 4x the mowing cost. The only thing I figure by the 1000 is when Im pricing Aerating, Seed and Fert all together and then I charge $25-28 per 1000 depending on where the client lives and if theyve been a pain in my ass.... like everyone says, it really all depends on where your at ( North, south, east, west or in the middle.... prices very in each region) because im in an area where we have ghettos and 5 million dollar homes within 2 miles of each other ( Lake Norman NC.)

Reliable 1
03-05-2012, 06:53 PM
During the fall of 2011, I did not take my aerator out of my trailer for less than $200...but that included seeding, aerating, starter fertilizer....and I charged $25 for a soil sample that cost me $19 at JDL. Depending on the soil sample results determined whether I applied lime....which I charged extra for. On average I charged $225. The thing that I factored into my price was what TruGreen and Lawn Doctor were charging....and I reduced mine accordingly but never below what I factored in for my time, gas, material, etc.

cpllawncare
03-05-2012, 07:18 PM
Since there are no other companies in the area, go 3x mowing price and see what happens, if no bites go down a little till you hit your sweet spot just don't go below your absolute minimum for profit price.

WHIPPLE5.7
03-05-2012, 07:28 PM
I'm right around 2.5X mowing.
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