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1MajorTom
06-23-2004, 02:44 PM
not an inch more of turf. That's all there is to that lawn. They are willing to take weekly service, and there is absolutely no drive time because the lawn across the street is a good weekly account. Would you cut this lawn? If so, what would you charge?
Not looking for guidance here, just starting conversation.

txlawnking
06-23-2004, 02:50 PM
Of course, I'd cut it,trim it, and edge it for $25. Then I'd try to get a regular shrub trimming deal as well.....

Duncan Lawn Care
06-23-2004, 02:51 PM
$10
for 5 minutes of work.

txlawnking
06-23-2004, 02:51 PM
Pretty nice little place there too I might add. Where is that, Philly?

EagleLandscape
06-23-2004, 03:28 PM
if it was right across the street from an account i already have, i'd even do that for 20/weekly.

dlandscaping
06-23-2004, 03:33 PM
I'd charge $25. Seems like those people would be pitas. There is a lot of edging and it needs to be 21". I dont know about you, but 21" lawns cost more to do, because the bigger equipment is just sitting.

MMLawn
06-23-2004, 03:39 PM
20 bux and yeah looks like you'd have to use the 21's but still even with edging and trimming it's 10 min. max. Easy and fast as it is I'd take a 100 yards like that.:D

fga
06-23-2004, 03:41 PM
here, i'd get about 10, maybe 15 a cut, because of the beds. that's just rountine service. I'd get a decent amount for the bushes, thatching, etc. this would take no more then 10 minutes complete with one person, and a 21". everyone always says a dollar a minute, right?

that looks like a Staten Island account, I keep telling you guys I can cut 80 a week with 21's!

companies wanting $100 a month for this, weekly service, would have no customers.

also, the good thing about houses this small, you're in and out before they have a chance to come out and chew your ear off, wasting time and causing you money.

geogunn
06-23-2004, 04:01 PM
I'd cut that yard, sure. that is assuming I had a 21" bagger on the trailer, which I don't.

I'd ask the same amount as my customer across the street.

if this yard is considerably smaller, I'd go proportionately less.

GEO :)

Trevors Lawn Care
06-23-2004, 04:16 PM
i've got one that is a quarter of that account.. no trimming no edging. it takes about 5 passes with a 22" each pas is about 8 feet long. Takes about two minutes...5 bucks.

trevor

crawdad
06-23-2004, 05:18 PM
Is this a trick question? :confused:

They might have a acre out back, or (God forbid) dog poop, or something else that would drive the price way up.

Crawdad

PS Geo, sorry for stealing your line, but I couldn't help it.

EagleLandscape
06-23-2004, 05:25 PM
no, what you see in the picture, is what ya get buddy boy.

odin
06-23-2004, 05:43 PM
jodi jodi jodi .......is it just a mowing job ..or full service ..fert bushs cutting etc etc.....if it aint nuthin but a cut ...that lot is typical of the beverly lawns on the south side of chicago ....20 bucks.

John Gamba
06-23-2004, 05:47 PM
21" rear bagger with roller 15 bucks CASH.
John

LikeBrothers1
06-23-2004, 06:01 PM
I would do it for 20 dollars but if i take my mower off the trailer it is atleast 15

Tonyr
06-23-2004, 06:17 PM
I personally don't choose to stop for jobs under $35.

Mostly $45 is min. but that is handy you said and extremely small.

Yeah so my price is $35.

odin
06-23-2004, 06:20 PM
how much is that in american tony:D

dvmcmrhp52
06-23-2004, 06:27 PM
$20,when do I start?

impactlandscaping
06-23-2004, 07:00 PM
21" w/ mulcher or bagger 18-25.00 should do it..., then again, I could cut that yard with a t270 before my guys could drop the tailgate, roll out the 21, and lift it over the wall:D :D

Lawn Dog2001
06-23-2004, 08:14 PM
I have a minimum of $25, but I would bend that for this account, and do it for $20.

Heck, Its right across the street. I would do it on Saturdays for beer money!!

NNJLandman
06-23-2004, 08:17 PM
$25 for trimming, mowing, edging, n blowing....it'll take your 10-15 mins.

Jeff

gogetter
06-23-2004, 08:24 PM
Originally posted by MMLawn
20 bux and yeah looks like you'd have to use the 21's but still even with edging and trimming it's 10 min. max. Easy and fast as it is I'd take a 100 yards like that.:D


Ditto that!!!.

And Trevor, I'm sorry, but NO lawn should EVER be only $5 !!!.
I don't care how small it is, I don't care if all they want me to do is stop and wave to the grass from the cab of my truck. You have to have a reasonable minimum. I could see guys going $15 for a lawn like that if it's right across the street from a current lawn (I'd charge $20 because if I ever lost the lawn across the street for any reason, then I may have to travel to this one then). But anything less then that and why own a business?


Not knocking ya, just telling you where I'm coming from.

PMLAWN
06-23-2004, 08:48 PM
Can you get a mower on it. It looks like it's totally surrounded by flowers. I have a few that are about that size and they go for $20. It will take longer to get the different equipment on and off the trailer than to do the work but it still will be close to 20 min total for a solo.

crawdad
06-23-2004, 09:01 PM
Originally posted by jwingfield2k
no, what you see in the picture, is what ya get buddy boy.
Oh, ya. I re-read it, ..."not an inch more..."

I still wouldn't mow it, or the one across the street.
Too long of a commute, the lawns are in Pennsylvania, most of my lawns are in Tennessee. Sorry, trying to tighten up my route.
If, on the other hand, it was on my route, I'd charge 25 bucks, although my usual minimum is higher.
Crawdad

hoyboy
06-23-2004, 09:07 PM
Crawdad -

I just noticed your little slogan at the bottom of your message...cool. I like it.

Dan

Tonyr
06-23-2004, 09:26 PM
Originally posted by odin
how much is that in american tony:D


Bout $24 if our conversion is still 70 cents.


Reckon my Toro would fit on that lawn LOL!!!!

dvmcmrhp52
06-23-2004, 09:28 PM
Originally posted by crawdad
Oh, ya. I re-read it, ..."not an inch more..."

I still wouldn't mow it, or the one across the street.
Too long of a commute, the lawns are in Pennsylvania, most of my lawns are in Tennessee. Sorry, trying to tighten up my route.
If, on the other hand, it was on my route, I'd charge 25 bucks, although my usual minimum is higher.
Crawdad





Whatcha got against Pennsylvania buddy boy?
Won't drive a lousy couple a miles into pennsy to cut a lawn?
Well ain't we just special!:D

crawdad
06-23-2004, 09:31 PM
Originally posted by hoyboy
Crawdad -

I just noticed your little slogan at the bottom of your message...cool. I like it.

Dan

Ya, I had to have an answer for the little ol' ladies who say, "The other guy charged 15 bucks, I don't know what happened to him."
I've heard that since I started doing garden rototilling back in the '80's.

crawdad
06-23-2004, 09:33 PM
Originally posted by dvmcmrhp52
Whatcha got against Pennsylvania buddy boy?
Won't drive a lousy couple a miles into pennsy to cut a lawn?
Well ain't we just special!:D

Oh, I'll come up there and cut it, for the right price.payup

GrassBustersLawn
06-23-2004, 09:35 PM
I'd turn that down. Smallest thing I use is a 34" ztr & that looks too big for this yard.


On 2nd thought, I'd bid $20 and sub it to TREVOR for $5 and keep $15 for me! I've gotta agree, there is NO REASON to do any yard for $5 - NO MATTER HOW SMALL!!!!!!!!!


Mike

Lawn Dog2001
06-23-2004, 09:43 PM
Originally posted by crawdad
Oh, I'll come up there and cut it, for the right price.payup

Crawdad, Its worth the $20 to make the trip. Im not far from Jodi, Free beer and a place to stay! Northern hospitality brother!:D

1MajorTom
06-23-2004, 11:47 PM
Originally posted by txlawnking
Pretty nice little place there too I might add. Where is that, Philly?

South of Pittsburgh

1MajorTom
06-23-2004, 11:48 PM
Originally posted by odin
jodi jodi jodi .......is it just a mowing job ..or full service ..fert bushs cutting etc etc.....if it aint nuthin but a cut ...that lot is typical of the beverly lawns on the south side of chicago ....20 bucks.

Yes, just mowing

dishboy
06-24-2004, 12:09 AM
Mow, trim & blow $13.00

Yard Perfect
06-24-2004, 12:43 AM
I would charge $20 per visit and encourage other paying work, ie. trimming, fertilizing, eventually aeriating

Sam-Ohio
06-24-2004, 01:06 AM
So , do you cut this lawn ? and what do you get for it in Pittsburgh ?

Rather Be Fishing
06-24-2004, 02:18 AM
Originally posted by 1MajorTom
Yes, just mowing

"Just mowing"? I was thinking along the lines of Jodi. Shrubs, mass of hostas, fert/chem., bed edging, etc. included it could be a fantastic full service account and for that I could probably justify a price most here would disagree with. Seems to me anyone with the time to do such a nice job of maintaining their lawn could easily justify the ten minutes they would spend with an electric mower to do it themselves. I'm assuming senior citizens, not that I always factor that in as a huge discount.

But...

As you mention, a solid weekly across the street--possibly very, very good neighbors to this particular account. Yeah, I'd take it and do it pretty inexpensively. Perhaps they're extremely nice folks who offer some extras such as freshly poured ice water or lemonade? You didn't go into the specifics so it's hard to tell. I'd guess around $15-$18 if they were understanding, agreeable, and pleasant to deal with.

That's just me though. I've have several accounts over the years that don't pay anywhere near "industry standard" but the clients make it worthwhile in personality. Heck, I've mowed for people I've never seen face to face with decent results and many who's faces I never want to see again just the same.

I say it's all in the circumstances. If it's convenient on your route and the price works out...

Rather Be Fishing
06-24-2004, 02:37 AM
Jeez. Guess I meant to go with Odin's line of thinking:o

yz250fpilot
06-24-2004, 03:00 AM
Elderly residents - $15
Young residents - $20

Westbrooklawn
06-24-2004, 08:09 AM
In my area I would get $25, only that high because of the edging. I would go with a 1 year monthly contract at $80/month (based on 40 cuts).

fubunics
06-24-2004, 01:25 PM
I'd say about $12, probably $15 MAX. There is no way that anyone would pay $25 to mow and trim that where I'm at. It's a 5 MINUTE JOB. I'd LOVE to get $20 for lawns that easy, especially considering it is right next to an existing job. It amazes me that some of you guys can actually get $25 a week for such a pathetically easy job. More power to those of you getting those kind of prices, though.

twins_lawn_care
06-24-2004, 02:10 PM
I'd say that one I'd do for $15 considering all the extra qualifications, (drive time, local, etc.) looks like they take nice care of their yard, and would like to have as many "nice" looking yards associated with my business as possible. Can only help the image and help me grow.

TClawn
06-24-2004, 02:57 PM
$15.00 sounds good to me. looks like theres more trimming than mowing

1MajorTom
06-24-2004, 05:13 PM
It takes Matt 4 to 5 minutes total to cut and trim that lawn. We don't consider that as one of our accounts though. It's just an added bonus. 15 bucks. No one around here is going to pay $100.00 per month, $125.00 for a 5 week month to cut that!! I live in the real world here, not internet fantasy land. They are a sweet couple, who enjoy taking care of their shrubs themselves at this point. In the future, if they ask us to handle the shrub maintenance, we'd be more than happy to.

odin
06-24-2004, 05:31 PM
Originally posted by 1MajorTom
It takes Matt 4 to 5 minutes total to cut and trim that lawn. We don't consider that as one of our accounts though. It's just an added bonus. 15 bucks. No one around here is going to pay $100.00 per month, $125.00 for a 5 week month to cut that!! I live in the real world here, not internet fantasy land. They are a sweet couple, who enjoy taking care of their shrubs themselves at this point. In the future, if they ask us to handle the shrub maintenance, we'd be more than happy to.



right on lovely lady :D

dvmcmrhp52
06-24-2004, 05:31 PM
Internet fantasy land?
Jodi,You should visit Jersey for a while if you believe 25 for that is so rediculous.
Different areas command different pricing.

Tonyr
06-24-2004, 06:54 PM
My bid was honest to my business, nothing to do with internet fantasy, though I don't do that line of work, if I did as a bonus my price stands and I'd get it here.

Just mow Only I could do it for a bit less IF I was next door only.

I in my area can't justify stopping for the little jobs, $15 just isn't worth it, to take these small lawns on is a lot of stopping and starting, loading and unloading in a day....if it works for you great, I'll stick to ride on stuff, easier way to earn money, less loading/unloading each day.

You asked for input then say we are in some internet fantasy land after we give a price off of a pic...ouch.

was interesting to hear the different bids though, but after knowing it only takes 4-5 mins I can see why you only charge 15, fair, but I like to think there has to be a min price I stop for regardless of job size, but that's just me in a totally different market to you guys.

EastProLawn
06-24-2004, 07:17 PM
$20, just because of the beds and edging.

CSRA Landscaping
06-24-2004, 08:17 PM
$40 minimum for us ... $45 per visit and we do everything. We don't generally take just mowing accounts.

Lawn Dog2001
06-24-2004, 08:18 PM
Originally posted by 1MajorTom
I live in the real world here, not internet fantasy land.

You asked, we answered. Why the sarcasim? I live in your general viscinity. $20 is far from unreasonable.

dvmcmrhp52
06-24-2004, 08:25 PM
Sarcasm is in the air.................
Just ask the barrington bro........................LMAO!

But seriously..............

I always find it amusing when someone elses price doesn't agree,
It sounds like the scrub argument in reverse.
You aren't a scrub are ya Jodi?
Boy am I making points here.......................LOL!

Lawn Dog2001
06-24-2004, 08:33 PM
Originally posted by dvmcmrhp52
Sarcasm is in the air.................
Just ask the barrington bro........................LMAO!



Now there is someone who is out in Internet Fantasy Land!!;) ;) Way Out! LOL

1MajorTom
06-24-2004, 09:31 PM
Bad choice of words maybe.
With me, there's no testosterone speaking you know? :laugh:

mexiking
06-24-2004, 09:49 PM
$30 per visit.... Thats my minimum... Thats cutting, edging, and blowing

Rather Be Fishing
06-25-2004, 04:21 AM
Originally posted by 1MajorTom
It takes Matt 4 to 5 minutes total to cut and trim that lawn. We don't consider that as one of our accounts though. It's just an added bonus. 15 bucks. No one around here is going to pay $100.00 per month, $125.00 for a 5 week month to cut that!! I live in the real world here, not internet fantasy land. They are a sweet couple, who enjoy taking care of their shrubs themselves at this point. In the future, if they ask us to handle the shrub maintenance, we'd be more than happy to.

Glad I was close to "on target" with this one. It's not always about the money IMHO. There's more money across the street, this we know. Now we know the 'bonus' aspect', which near certainly guarantees money down the street or around the block. It's how I do business, I'm not getting rich but I'm paying my bills and living better than I would mowing grass for a 'production mowing outfit'. Wouldn't go so far as to call this "Taking a hit" in the direction the other thread is going...

Yep, $15 is plenty fair for that one. And guess what, you'll get the shrub work, fertiliztion, and edging when the time comes. Those folks like a quality lawn, they've done a fine job on their own with the exception of hiring out the mowing. Congrats, nice looking account!

odin
06-26-2004, 01:27 AM
we do 24 like that with serval a bit bigger on one block on the south side ..20 a pop grass cutting alone......less then two hour .....24x 20 =480 for less then two hours

Scag48
06-26-2004, 02:06 AM
$15 is my minimum, so that's what I'd bid. It also looks like there could be some toting of the 21" up the stairs? Am I right Jodi?

qualitylandscaping
06-26-2004, 09:29 AM
$14-18.. Would probably do the whole thing with the trimmer, and not have to deal with dragging the 21" off the trailer.. 8-10mins tops..

o-so-n-so
06-26-2004, 10:19 AM
$25.00 scoops for weekly service.

rotgg
06-26-2004, 11:38 AM
we would charge our min 40