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Old 10-17-2013, 07:20 PM
M&SLawnCare M&SLawnCare is offline
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For the original poster, don't think of it as "how much for this size yard". You shouldn't ever price based on the property size. Think of it more along the lines of your selling time, not a service. Your selling your time to drive to her property, use whatever equipment you need to get the job done (which means factoring in the cost of running that equipment for said amount of time), then drive back or to the next property. Figure out all of your costs to operate including labor, figure out what profit margin you want, then divide that buy the hours your working. That's your hourly rate. When you bid determine how long a job will take you including travel time and times that by your hourly rate. That's your price. Minimum or "how much for 1/4 acre do you charge" is all irrelevant for the most part.

Example: I have one property that's less than 1/4 an acre and I charge 50. I have another property that's about one acre and I charge 60. You look at that and it doesn't seem to make sense. Fact is though the 1.5 acre is more profitable as they take about the same amount of time to do. Had I bid by the size of the properties, I'd have never gotten the larger account and I'd basically be paying the lady to let me mow her grass at the smaller one.

That said, my minimum is 30 unless its a neighbor or special circumstance (again because with travel, load, and unload time, that's where I want to be for any size property)
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:26 PM
herler herler is offline
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Originally Posted by ed2hess View Post
Why have a minimum, and turn down business. I think a lot of guys wouldn't come off couch for less than they make on regular job. I did a lot of $5 trim jobs when in area.
Usually, way I do things when a customer calls me for some tiny small $2 job:

1. Do it for free.
2. Look around to find more work until I can justify charging $30.
3. If it's a regular customer, take care of it during a scheduled visit.

Because I'm telling you, it costs me $10 to drive up.
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:15 AM
ryan41 ryan41 is offline
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$35.00 is the lowest i will mow any lawn. I don't care how small it is. not worth it to drive to job & unload trailer for less than that if you ask me. I do mainly 1 acre + lawns. 1 acre i normally get $50.00- $65.00 per cut depending on how much trimming. Most cases it takes us 40-45 min.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:28 AM
herler herler is offline
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Would you work for 5 dollars?

If the answer is no, you have a minimum.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:34 AM
yardguy plus yardguy plus is offline
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Originally Posted by cpllawncare View Post
Size is only one factor that goes into bidding, degree of difficulty, household income, etc etc! I had a guy that called for a bid this past season that had about 7K sq ft, but he had a brand new Mercedes and brand new BMW sitting in front of a half million dollar house, you think I'm going to bid $35 for him? No! I didn't get the job but I don't care, I'm not going to be some rich guys "Lawn Boy" And so far it's been my experience that those are the guys that generally are PIA customers anyway, so why not get paid for having to deal with them.
seriously you figure a price based on the income of the client?

I agree the other stuff, size, degree of difficulty, time spent but I don't care what you make. I charge the same. my prices are the same for EVERYONE from the mcdonalds worker at the drive thru to the heart doctor at the hospital.

my opinion and it's just my opinion it's bad business and morally wrong to charge someone more just because they make more.

goes along with this idea obama has to tax the rich more. if that's the case I would guess a lot would have the same idea I would have. I'm not gonna become rich if I'm gonna have to pay more taxes.

when giving a price I look at time required, what equipment has to be used (21 incher vs ztr) and difficulty of the job. that's it. doesn't matter how rich or poor you that's where the price comes from. I'm not gonna charge a guy who works at wendys $32 a week and charge the microsoft president more for the same situation just because he works more. the only way they get charged more is if more work is required. likewise I do the same quality work for everyone as well. those 2 types of client would get the same quality from me.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:46 AM
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Have a $7 and another is $15. Both are at locations where I am already stopped and they take 3 minutes and 6 minutes.
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