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Old 11-03-2012, 09:23 PM
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Figuring curbside leaf removal

I'm curious to see how you guys come up with a price in regards to curbside leaf pick ups. I haven't done alot of them, but want to do more of them this year, but I want the pricing to be spot on. I have a couple places I can dump for free, and the rest up in the northern part of the state I dump at the landfill for $20.00 a load.
I'm not looking for your prices, just a formula to make sure I have everything covered, ex:

time to suck up pile x dumping fee x mileage = price

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hourly rate / time to suck up pile + dumping fee = price

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Old 11-04-2012, 04:30 PM
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Most will want to pay $20 so I'd do that lol. Or one of your formulas
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:50 PM
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if I dump at the curb I let the city pick them up. after all that's why we pay taxes.

otherwise they go in the truck and off to the compost site.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:41 PM
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When I say curbside pick up, I mean I give the customer the option to rake all the leaves to the curb and I suck them up with my leaf vaccum. Alot of the towns here don't offer curbside pickup unless you put them in brown lawn bags.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:52 PM
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When I say curbside pick up, I mean I give the customer the option to rake all the leaves to the curb and I suck them up with my leaf vaccum. Alot of the towns here don't offer curbside pickup unless you put them in brown lawn bags.
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sounds like a money looser by giving them the option to rake the leaves themselves.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:49 PM
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sounds like a money looser by giving them the option to rake the leaves themselves.
All of my weekly lawn customers have me do full service fall clean-ups. There are some people in the towns that I service that just can't afford a $300.00 clean-up, or they just like to rake the leaves themselves. There are alot of companies around here that do "You rake them, we take them" and make a boatload of money doing so especially if you have a very efficient setup.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:54 PM
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I start at 75 and go up depending on amount. After you use the vac for a year, youll know around how long it will take. Never quote a pile removal over the phone.
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My advise.....don't offer curb side removal! Its never worth it. People rake all kinds of sticks, rocks and whatever else will damage your loader and expect to pay 50 bucks for it. We used to offer it but only ever did less than 5 and out of those 5 or so we took more time picking out good sized branches, rocks, dog leashes and anything else these people thought our "huge vac" could suck up.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:10 PM
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My advise.....don't offer curb side removal! Its never worth it. People rake all kinds of sticks, rocks and whatever else will damage your loader and expect to pay 50 bucks for it. We used to offer it but only ever did less than 5 and out of those 5 or so we took more time picking out good sized branches, rocks, dog leashes and anything else these people thought our "huge vac" could suck up.
So true. I no longer offer curb side pick-up either. Got tired of all the trash that people would put in the piles. On top of that the same people expect to pay nothing because "they did all of the work." No thanks!
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:00 PM
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All of my weekly lawn customers have me do full service fall clean-ups. There are some people in the towns that I service that just can't afford a $300.00 clean-up, or they just like to rake the leaves themselves. There are alot of companies around here that do "You rake them, we take them" and make a boatload of money doing so especially if you have a very efficient setup.
$300 for a clean up.....

that's part of your problem.

I service my clients weekly for fall clean ups and I charge them like $10/$15 extra for the 10/15 extra min I'm there dealing with the grass catcher and blowing out the mulch beds.
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