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Old 02-15-2001, 10:28 AM
lsylvain lsylvain is offline
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How does everyone price for clean ups. By hour or sq/ft.
What kind of rates. Any help would be greatly apreciated.
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Old 02-15-2001, 11:26 AM
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Price per hour + dump fees/time + hassle factor(wet,dirty yard,obstacles,etc). COme up with the overall price and quote that not the hourly rate.
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Old 02-15-2001, 03:39 PM
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My start up price for cleaning is not less than double the price I charge for mowing. Once I get that, then I estimate what I think it would cost me , times amount of workers per hour + dump fee. Compare the two rates, then bid whats best for you!! Keep in mind the extent of cleanup your dealing with,(ditches, pine needles, limbs, etc. I hope this helps you!!!! Keep in mind that you may be able to give a little price break to a "GOOD, REGULAR" customer, because you know you'll be getting more work from them. Have a gooooooooood day!!!!!!!
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Old 02-15-2001, 03:42 PM
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I min charge is twice the cost of the cut + dump fees and hassel charge.
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Old 02-15-2001, 04:40 PM
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For me most seem to fall into the $100-300 range.
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Old 02-15-2001, 04:51 PM
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By the hour!!! There are too many variables especially for leaf clean-up. One day the leaves will all be completely dry, you give them a price, you go to do the job a week later, it has rained for 3 days, now the leaves are soaking wet. Now the job will take at least double the time, but you already gave a price for how they looked at the time of the estimate. You only get paid for half of what the job should pay. I learned the hard way. Customers dont always like to pay by the hour, but usually if you explain this to them they completely understand.

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Old 02-15-2001, 11:12 PM
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Per day,what do i want to make...if it takes me 8 hours i charge a full good days cuttings +some and added expenses ie.fuel,hauling,tipping fees,bags,etc etc
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Old 02-15-2001, 11:16 PM
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I charge by the hour plus the dump fee. I have found there are to many variables

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Old 02-15-2001, 11:40 PM
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mostly by the hour but some customers want a full price bid i always leave myself extra time if i do it that way. seems once i explain they figure hourly is the better way to go.
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Old 02-16-2001, 01:49 AM
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I estimate what it will cost. How many hours, dumping fee(s), and equipment used, then I give a lump sum estimate. This way, if I sit down for a few, or take a break, I don't have to worry about the customers being concerned about what they're paying "by the hour". I can take whatever time necessary and do it right, and STILL make a bundle.
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