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Old 05-04-2014, 05:09 PM
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if anyone in the country is getting $100 per acre they are the biggest scam artist ever.

it takes an hr or less to do a 1 acre yard.
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Old 05-04-2014, 06:06 PM
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I have a few $125 1 acre accounts. Estates with multiple flower gardens, beds, trees, fences, buildings etc. Takes me almost an 1 1/2 to mow, trim, blow, unload and load back up. All highend accounts. These are beautiful places.

A basic 1 acre lot, flat, minimal trimming is around $60 here.
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Old 05-04-2014, 06:11 PM
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Hell, I have a few customers that I only charge $7.50 per cut. That covers my gas and that's all I'm worried about.
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Old 05-04-2014, 06:16 PM
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I agree with 32. Anything below fair market value is lowballing. You not only need to know your costs but what your areas going rates ate.

You wouldn't get a job that pays $20 an hour but tell the employer you will work for $15 an hour because you have less bills than your coworkers would you??
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Old 05-04-2014, 06:36 PM
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if anyone in the country is getting $100 per acre they are the biggest scam artist ever.

it takes an hr or less to do a 1 acre yard.
Why is it a scam? You charge what the market will bare. If people are willing to pay that much then why not charge it?
The goal at the end of the day is to make as much money as possible for the least cost and effort.

What about machine upgrades? Lets say you start out mowing a prop with a WB, takes 2hrs and you charge $100. $50/hr not so bad, right? But then you upgrade to a ztr and now your doing it in an hour. Thats $100/hr. Thats not a scam, thats just working smarter!
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:49 PM
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I agree with 32. Anything below fair market value is lowballing. You not only need to know your costs but what your areas going rates ate.

You wouldn't get a job that pays $20 an hour but tell the employer you will work for $15 an hour because you have less bills than your coworkers would you??
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:34 PM
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Why is it a scam? You charge what the market will bare. If people are willing to pay that much then why not charge it?
The goal at the end of the day is to make as much money as possible for the least cost and effort.

What about machine upgrades? Lets say you start out mowing a prop with a WB, takes 2hrs and you charge $100. $50/hr not so bad, right? But then you upgrade to a ztr and now your doing it in an hour. Thats $100/hr. Thats not a scam, thats just working smarter!
don't have to worry about that where I live. no one is willing to pay that much. if they would I would be charging that much.
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:41 PM
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Why is it a scam? You charge what the market will bare. If people are willing to pay that much then why not charge it?
The goal at the end of the day is to make as much money as possible for the least cost and effort.

What about machine upgrades? Lets say you start out mowing a prop with a WB, takes 2hrs and you charge $100. $50/hr not so bad, right? But then you upgrade to a ztr and now your doing it in an hour. Thats $100/hr. Thats not a scam, thats just working smarter!
Exactly. What's funny is that if you post a price there's complaining its too low and youre a lowballer, and if you post another price, its too high and you're a scammer. Funny stuff. Exactly why I pay zero attention to what guys in the area do. Charge what you charge and move on. Guys will never stick together or take advice on what they should charge.
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Old 05-05-2014, 01:08 PM
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Echo - "Charge what you charge and move on"
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Old 05-05-2014, 10:05 PM
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Tell me about it. Yards are cheaper now in my area than 10 years ago. In one 6000 populated town, there are 11 crews running around. Including us, I was one of three crews 15 years ago. We bid a 16 town home complex. Willing bid was $160 / time. I figured 3 guys, 3.5-4 hours mowing, trimming, all bagged. Oh well.....but yet new people keep coming. Crew cab, diesel, 30 ft trailer, all new deere mowers...amazes me, all while mowing for $10-$15 / yard. Scrabbing landscapes together, piecing irrigation in, workmanship is just poor, but yet people are hiring these guys, low bid. I am not in the low bid game , I am in business!
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