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Emerald Cut Lawns
03-18-2004, 08:51 PM
:blob2: I followed your advice some of you gave me for going out and buying the measuring wheel.....Now what??? LOL...How do you convert square footage into a price...is there a specific formula for conversion that I can reach a fair price ????We were planning on using the 60.00 per hour deal, so if a lawn takes 30 min to mow, then its $30.00, but some of you gave me advice to always trust the wheel.....How would you convert it to a price in the ballpark of 60.00 pr hr...??

Thanks in advance


New and confused

JFGLN
03-18-2004, 09:03 PM
I set a price for 3000 sq feet,(most of my accounts are under this size) then ad more for each additional 1000sq ft. For exp. $30 base plus $10 for each additional 1000. I just pace it off for an est. size. I average 2 lawn per hr.

Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC.
03-19-2004, 01:03 PM
This works best. $20 stop fee, $1/1000 square feet. So a 10,000 square foot lawn would be $30. It should take you a half hour tops. For example, my parents property is 9800 square feet or lawn to mow. There is 5-10 minutes worth of trimming so I would charge them $30. It takes me 50 minutes with a push mower so with my new zero turn rider, it should take 20 minutes tops with mowing and trimming. Hopefully I get enough accounts in this my first year so I dont have to charge mommy and daddy for the cut. :p

ej Landscaping
03-19-2004, 10:08 PM
JFGLN is right on with his methods

cdawg12
03-22-2004, 12:30 PM
thats what i do

gator-town
03-22-2004, 02:34 PM
"I set a price for 3000 sq feet,(most of my accounts are under this size) then ad more for each additional 1000sq ft. For exp. $30 base plus $10 for each additional 1000."

JFGLN ... so you are saying your fee would be as follows...

1/2 Acre site / 20,000 sf (approx)

20,000 sf – 3,000 sf = 17,000 sf remainder = $30 (base price for first 3,000 sf) + 17 x $10 = $30 + $170 = $200 total for 1/2 acre yard ...


"This works best. $20 stop fee, $1/1000 square feet. So a 10,000 square foot lawn would be $30. It should take you a half hour tops. For example, my parents property is 9800 square feet or lawn to mow. There is 5-10 minutes worth of trimming so I would charge them $30. It takes me 50 minutes with a push mower so with my new zero turn rider, it should take 20 minutes tops with mowing and trimming."

GreatLakesLawnCare ... and you are saying your fee would be ...

1/2 Acre site / 20,000 sf (approx)

$20 stop fee + 20,000 sf X $1/1,000 sf = $20 + $20 = $40 total for 1/2 acre yard ...

my personal yard is 1/2 acre yard with trimming,edging, and blowing ... takes me 1 hour with 48" Scag tops ... unless my calculator has malfunctioned one would charge me $200 and the other $40 ... As a potential client, GreatLakes has my business ... I can certainly see why most rally behind LFGLN ... Wish I could get those prices ... What am I doing wrong ??? Don't say Scag cause time is assumed to be the same in both equations .

Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC.
03-22-2004, 03:22 PM
Yes sir gatortown. My parents yard is a 1/4 acre, 10,000 square feet. I charge $30. $20 stop fee and the $10 for the square footage.

Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC.
03-22-2004, 03:33 PM
I may end up going to the 1/4-$25.00, 1/2-$30, 3/4-$35, 1 acre-$40. That is probably what I am gonna do. If the yards are challening, I may stick with the stop fee and $1/1000 sq ft.

Wells
03-22-2004, 04:18 PM
Basic Formula = .005 X SQ. FT.

Example:

5,000 sq ft. (5,000 X .005 = $25.)
20,000 sq ft. (20,000 X .005 = $100.)

You may need to adjust the formula for sloped hills and or lots of edging, obsticles, etc.

Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC.
03-22-2004, 04:46 PM
You would charge $100 for half an acre out in Utah or anywhere for that matter? Dang.

Wells
03-22-2004, 06:26 PM
Greatlakes,

Thats the formula i use. Never had anyone complain about the prices. Keep in mind that large acerage lots in SLC are rare. Most people around here have between 4,000 to 6,000 sq ft of lawn.

If you look at JFGLN's method a 1/2 acre works out to be $200.

JFGLN
03-22-2004, 09:20 PM
Most lawns in my area are under 3000 sq feet. Mow, edge, trim and blow in about 20-30 min. I find that the smaller accounts are more profitable per hr and I don't have to buy the larger equip needed for large lawns.

Emerald Cut Lawns
03-23-2004, 05:43 PM
Thanks this is a big help from alll of you..appreciate it...we have a new commercial customer and we are going out this weekend to give him an estimate....This will help more than you know...

Thanks to all