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JFGLN
03-18-2004, 09:29 PM
I am wondering about pricing for aeration of residential properties. I have been charging $75 for 3000sq feet with $15 extra for each 1000.

qualitylandscaping
03-18-2004, 10:38 PM
$14/ per 1000 sqft.. $56 minimum..

Randy Scott
03-18-2004, 10:41 PM
You should be in my neck of the woods. A company in our area with 11 business locations is doing 5000 sq. ft. aerations for $49. $79 for 10,000 sq. ft. I wonder why we don't get that many aerating jobs.

ZaK18
03-18-2004, 10:52 PM
Damn do I underprice. I do 2000-3000 for $30. 4000-6000 for $40

Randy Scott
03-18-2004, 10:57 PM
Originally posted by ZaK18
Damn do I underprice. I do 2000-3000 for $30. 4000-6000 for $40

I hope you're kidding? Unfortunately I think your profile showing your age of 18 is telling me otherwise.

I look at it like this. Why would I charge somebody less than what it would cost them to do on their own. Factor in the rental of a machine, then going to pick it up (if they have something to haul it in), and then their time is worth something. I will always price at or above that scenario at the minimum. And that's how I'll explain it to them.

Colorado Mowerboy
03-18-2004, 11:00 PM
No, I don't think we under price, it's what the market will bear in your area. The scrubs charge 20.00, & 25.00. Most around here charge 35.00 for under 4000, and maybe 40 for 4000. TruGreen Chemlawn charge 65-75.

MOW ED
03-19-2004, 07:20 AM
Originally posted by Randy Scott
You should be in my neck of the woods. A company in our area with 11 business locations is doing 5000 sq. ft. aerations for $49. $79 for 10,000 sq. ft. I wonder why we don't get that many aerating jobs.

I'm with ya Randy. Naturescape comes around and drops off full color flyers with their prices that I have to compete against, get this Aeration for a lawn 5 to 10k is 69.00

Ap prices are 5-10k lawn 5 apps 189.00
They are as bad if not worse than another one of those big companies that I hate to mention. On top of that is a small independant new guy who is doing it for 175.00!!!!

I do sell aerations to educated people. I educate them and I do charge more than 69 bucks. My intro letter basically tells them that if they are price shopping they have read too much.

Randy Scott
03-19-2004, 11:19 AM
Originally posted by MOW ED
I'm with ya Randy. Naturescape comes around and drops off full color flyers with their prices that I have to compete against, get this Aeration for a lawn 5 to 10k is 69.00


That's exactly who I'm talking about. It's $79 here though for the 5 to 10k.

How much snow is on the ground by you Ed? We got about 2 inches yesterday, starting to warm up already today though. I was able to squeeze out a salting round yesterday though. Gotta make money somehow. Of course I have a dozen various lawn estimates that need to be looked at. Take care.

odin
03-19-2004, 03:25 PM
areation is cut thoat around some parts of chicago...guys will do up to 5 k lawn for as low as 30 bucks.

I wont even do one time areations no more the people looking for one time shots are out for the cheapest price.

The only people I areate is all my full service customers.

MOW ED
03-19-2004, 03:27 PM
It lightly snows and ices up then melts. The only thing left are those medium sized black and gray snow drifts that the plows made. If those were gone I am ready to work.
At least your are makin money on the salting. I'm just spending and estimating now but the phone rings more and more each day.

NCSULandscaper
03-19-2004, 03:38 PM
$30/1000sq ft plus seed, fert and lime if the cust. wants that too.

twins_lawn_care
03-19-2004, 05:00 PM
Like Odin said, it's hard to get the prices up around here for aerating. last year was our first year, and we averaged getting $10 per 1000 sq ft, usually a little less as they get larger. Biggest one we did was 14,000 sq ft to put our sizes in perspective. Most are 5,000 but we know we lost a lot of customers just because we were not the lowest prices. Handing out the door hangers, we saw others, quoting $40 for the whole yard, up to 10,000. This year I am debating volume vs. price issues. It's a hard one. I am going to stick to my normal pricing, and see how it pans out.