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googles
11-18-2004, 12:52 PM
If a Leaf cleanup takes 3hrs with me and one helper what would you charge?

dwc
11-18-2004, 12:56 PM
It just depends....are you talking about using rakes only or do you have a couple backpack blowers and mowers running around and are you putting these in trash bags to leave on the curb or do you haul them off, etc.

googles
11-18-2004, 01:06 PM
well i will most definitly be using backblowers and taking them away. If anyone is going to be still using just rakes to do the entire lawn then they are in better shape then me. i am just looking for a general answer on what u or anyone ready this would charge.

bobbygedd
11-18-2004, 01:26 PM
3 hrs on site, PLUS DISPOSAL? hmmm, looks like $400-$500. but, you'll never get that. this is why i say small properties are more profitable

googles
11-18-2004, 01:30 PM
yes all the properties i deal with are small. they are about 100 by 100.

GreenMonster
11-18-2004, 01:34 PM
more than 300, less than 400

lsylvain
11-18-2004, 01:43 PM
I didnt' vote yet. 3 man hours or 3 hours straight time? Can you dump on site or do you have to dispose yourself? If so does your area charge for organic dumping?

In the town I did business in WV you would be lucky to charge 75 for 6 man hours of leaves. (dumped on site) Our town had a leaf vac that came by everyones house and sucked up all the leaves for you. so leaf clean up = pushing leaves to the curb so most people did it themselves. Especially since it was a mountain town, so usually the majority of the leaves slid down your front yard into the street on their own. I only did it for people I really liked as customers.

craigs lawncare
11-18-2004, 02:24 PM
Two people + 3 Hours... i wouldn't touch it for less than $360.
If I had to haul it away, it would be more... probably double.
I just finished a job last weekend that took me three hours by my self and I charged $180. I simply went with the wind and mulched and pushed his leaves of into the woods. He has a big property in a wooded area with quite a few leaves. I think I was off my tractor maybe 15 minutes total for the entire three hours.


Craig

CuttingCrew
11-18-2004, 02:38 PM
My partner and I just did a job that took us 2 Ĺ hours to complete. We figured it at two hours and ran a little long but we had nothing to do afterwards so we were not hurrying by any stretch of the imagination. It was a one time job, hard edge her sidewalks, trim 12 feet of scrubs in the front, clean out 90 feet of flower beds, trim some hedges in the back yard, remove dead growth and leaves from yard on a 60 X 100 ft. lot. Small job so we bid it at $45 per man-hour and $20 disposal fee for one pickup load of debris.
$200 + tax for 2 men and 2 hours work and disposal.

P.S. Last year I would have told her $100. This year Iím am a little better educated thanks to the people on this site and bid it more inline with what my area should demand.
She didnít even hesitate when I gave her the quote, just asked when I could start. :cool2:

Know what your area will support. Bid to make money, not just to get the job.

Drew Gemma
11-18-2004, 05:37 PM
Six man hours total $360 plus disposal which I dump that at my farm $25 and I am probably a little cheap in the nicer areas guys are getting a mowing charge plus $75 an hour for leaves and $35 to haul away. I haven't got to that point yet I am $60 an hour

rodfather
11-18-2004, 06:13 PM
$450 minimum. Period

Gautreaux's LNG
11-18-2004, 06:22 PM
Did one yesterday.

$450.00 Total
3 men 1 hour, = $250.00 (min charge)
27 bags crushed pine straw @ $7.00 bag = $189.00
Remaining counts toward disposal, we hauled off 2 bags of prunings.

We weeded, edged beds and driveway, pruned shrubs, and mulched beds.
Total time 1.5 hours, 3 men.
I paid $3.75/bag for straw.

SpudsM15
11-18-2004, 06:51 PM
Well at a rate of 60 an hour...180+ disposal (which is $80 a load) so depending on amount of leaves...

googles
11-18-2004, 07:08 PM
i see some of you guys are quoting 300 to 400 dollars for a 3 hour job with on one helper and yourself. i think in long island ny if i was to qoute my customers that much money they would laugh and tell me to find a new job or they might slam the door in my face :p .

rodfather
11-18-2004, 07:12 PM
i see some of you guys are quoting 300 to 400 dollars for a 3 hour job with on one helper and yourself. i think in long island ny if i was to qoute my customers that much money they would laugh and tell me to find a new job or they might slam the door in my face :p .

Hell, I would think that if you are from Long Island, you would be even higher :dizzy:

googles
11-18-2004, 07:15 PM
tons of landscapers here

rodfather
11-18-2004, 07:20 PM
tons of landscapers here

So what is your point? All of ya going to work for peanuts?

dvmcmrhp52
11-18-2004, 07:21 PM
Hell, I would think that if you are from Long Island, you would be even higher :dizzy:





We ALL know that Clinton, Nj. is where the real money is......................... :waving:

GrassBustersLawn
11-18-2004, 07:21 PM
$45 a man hour = 45 x 6 = 270 PLUS $50 dump fee ($25 for dump; $25 for trailer/driver time) = $320


Mike

rodfather
11-18-2004, 07:24 PM
We ALL know that Clinton, Nj. is where the real money is......................... :waving:

We don't hear you complaining either Dave :D LOL

dvmcmrhp52
11-18-2004, 07:25 PM
I don't hear you complaining either Dave :D LOL





Not this year............... :cool2:

paponte
11-18-2004, 07:44 PM
Wouldn't touch it for less than $360. :)

impactlandscaping
11-18-2004, 07:52 PM
six man hours.... .$ 450.00

googles
12-10-2004, 07:08 PM
hey everyone thanks for all your input. i am almost done with most of my cleanups. i been going almost everyday straight and even in light rain lol. This is the way it worked ot for me. 3 man hours came out to $45 an hour so if it took me 3 hours i charged them 270 since it was a total of 6 man hours. i wanted to make sure i was not under or over charging. I guess i was doing ok but i do see some of you guys said prices of $450 to $500 and i dont see that being fair to the customer since they are a regular client but what do i know LOL. well thanks everyone

Richard Martin
12-11-2004, 04:54 AM
$240 plus $50 to dump.

arborist-28
12-11-2004, 07:32 AM
300 out the door ...c

hoyboy
12-11-2004, 11:15 AM
If you want to stay small, you might be able to charge $60/mh here or there. But there is no way in this world you are going to charge that rate and be able to fill up the schedules of 3 or 4 crews working full time. The market just won't bear it, no matter where you live.

From what I've seen and listening to various lawn care companies around the country, $30 - $35 per manhour is the true market. Sure, we all have our niche customers that pay a premium. But those are the exceptions...not the rule.

Dan Norton

Precision
12-11-2004, 08:22 PM
Big small what does that matter.

Ok so you do $1.5Million and take home $100k or do $.5 million and take home $100K.

What I care about is the net profit or PROFIT TO ME. Less customers at higher rates makes that happen.

What I charge usually pays me (solo) $45-50/hr. When I have a helper we are more efficient and make $65-75$ per man hour. The customer doesn't do the math, they just know how long it would have taken them (never get done) and that we did a good job. And it only takes 2 minutes to write the check.

SodKing
12-11-2004, 10:49 PM
$390 plus disposal.

DuallyVette
12-12-2004, 03:39 AM
Leaf removal is included in our year round maintenance program. A one time or bi-weekly seasonal customer pay $60 per man hour ($1.00 per minute). We use the biggest blowers made (RedMax 8000 & 16hp Billygoat self propelled) Leaf removal ( sucked into my dump truck with a 16hp Billygoat ) $120 per hour= $2.00 per minute. I have a timer in each truck. We are VERY busy trying to squeeze a few of these in our regular schedule.

hoyboy
12-13-2004, 02:01 PM
Precision --

I make my living off competition like you...thank you.