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Mdirrigation
07-24-2004, 10:09 PM
After reading posts for a while 25 bucks seems to be an "adverage" price for cutting a small to medium lawn.

At $ 25.00 per lawn you need to cut 4000 ( four thousand )
lawns to GROSS $ 100,000. So basically on a 7 month season working 5 days a week , every week you have to cut 28.5 lawns a day at $ 25.00 to get to the magic 100 grand gross income from mowing . This equates to $ 712.50 per day .

txlawnking
07-24-2004, 10:34 PM
$25 for a small-medium lawn sure ain't my average.. My cheapest currently is $32.50. I can usually do it, door to door in 28-36 mins, depending on my motivation.

dlandscaping
07-24-2004, 10:52 PM
28-36 minutes with what equipment. Around here, even the biggest companies with the best lawns only get 27.50 2 years ago to do my neighbors, around 10k sq ft, and another house with much more detail work they get 25. I dont see how you can get that much in texas. What equipment are you using, and do you edge everytime. Are there as many obstacles and perimeter as there is up here.

AL Inc
07-24-2004, 10:59 PM
The pathetic thing is, I was doing lawns for $25 14 years ago when I was in high school.

dlandscaping
07-24-2004, 11:06 PM
Yea and what size lawns are you doing now. NY is much higher cost of living than here. I try to get $30 minimum but there is enough competition and enough established companies that it is impossible to be starting out and getting $50 a week. No one hires a company that just started expanding regardless of what type of quality they do for that much money. Anyways you still probably only get $40 an hour if you are working solo and I know plenty of jobs that can make that. Now what is the pathetic thing.

Yard Perfect
07-24-2004, 11:09 PM
You do great math, now learn how to spell. Doing 28+ lawns a day will be a challenge - good luck

txlawnking
07-24-2004, 11:09 PM
52" Surfer, mow, trim, edge, blow, & go. Everytime. I'm solo. I don't see how you can't get more than that in Mass.

shiznitttt
07-24-2004, 11:15 PM
I work with several surgeons and anesthesiologist who had "yard services" when they were in college and residency, and they are paying the same amount today for someone to do their yards as they were making in the 80's. I get around 30 dollars a yard, and I feel that the call backs I don't get is because of pricing myself to high. I do this parttime so I don't have to make a "living" at it, but I don't see how anyone can mow a yard for 20 bucks. Oh, by the way, those surgeons and anesthesiologist were getting 20 to 25 bucks per yard back in the 80's in Norman, Oklahoma. That is right outside of Oklahoma University, were there was PLENTY of competition.

chefdrp
07-24-2004, 11:17 PM
my smallest is 6000 s/f and i get 25 for it.

AL Inc
07-24-2004, 11:18 PM
I didn't mean to insult you, d it is just that clients mindset hasn't changed. Not many things cost the same today as they did 14 years ago.

dlandscaping
07-24-2004, 11:27 PM
Any lawn that is $25 and under I only use the 52" on. 4 years ago, in this area, vietnamese political rescuees ?? not sure on what to call them, came over and started doing lawns. They live together and cut from 8 or earlier to 6 or later at night 5 days a week. This really killed the market as they advertise $15 - 20 a yard cut 2x a month. The market crashed basically here but now it is getting better. The lawns companies who did the best work went to just commercial. Now people are firing the vietnamese, but at the same time they are getting new customers. It is hard to get people to go from $15 every 2+ weeks to $25 + per week.
An average lawn $25-32 takes 2 people 20 minutes with drive time. I find these are more profitable as it is easily possible to make $40 per main hour. Also the people never hassle as they dont feel as though they are getting ripped off.

txlawnking
07-24-2004, 11:40 PM
I try to bid for a minimum of $40 an hr.. Usually more if I can get it. I only have 3 regular clients as of right now, but lately I've been doing a LOT of work for a Realtor.. Right now I'm doing a clean up for him that will net me $600 after expenses. So far I have 4 hrs and 15 mins into it, and by the time I'm done, I'll probably have 10 hrs into it.. Now, If only I could get more weekly maintenance.....