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Old 04-25-2005, 09:57 PM
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this whole core-aeration price is spooking clients

for the client to go for it, it has to be reasonably priced and worth my while.
i am trying to line clients up for when my z plugger comes in but , the lawns are 30,000 sf plus and at a rate of 15.00/m (450.00) the clients are declining to have it done..
i am thinking more of 250.00 for the 30,000 sf lawn
and a 5,000-7,000 110.00
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Old 04-25-2005, 10:04 PM
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for the client to go for it, it has to be reasonably priced and worth my while.
i am trying to line clients up for when my z plugger comes in but , the lawns are 30,000 sf plus and at a rate of 15.00/m (450.00) the clients are declining to have it done..
i am thinking more of 250.00 for the 30,000 sf lawn
and a 5,000-7,000 110.00
Ya! You were quite high on your price. Try 165-185 on 30k and 85-95 on the 5-7k.
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Old 04-25-2005, 10:24 PM
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for the client to go for it, it has to be reasonably priced and worth my while.
i am trying to line clients up for when my z plugger comes in but , the lawns are 30,000 sf plus and at a rate of 15.00/m (450.00) the clients are declining to have it done..
i am thinking more of 250.00 for the 30,000 sf lawn
and a 5,000-7,000 110.00
Lower your damn prices and you might have a little luck! :alien:
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Old 04-25-2005, 11:20 PM
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We do it for $14.00 per 1000 square feet - and yes, there are a few people who decline....but being a businessman, you should also provide the information as to the benifits of aeration and how much it will cost them in weed control (poa for example LOVES compacted soil), constantly working to improve their lawn, etc without it. You can always offer a 10% discount to follow up with a fertilizer treatment immediately afterwards. Property owners that really care about their lawns understand the importance of aeration and the cost it saves them in the long run, it's up to yuou to sell it to them. Stick to yout guns and target the high end neighborhoods - it'll catch on. On another note, my rate is what the market will bare here, you'll have to know what the going rate is in your neck of the woods to be competetive - just don't lowball to get the work.

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Old 04-26-2005, 11:37 AM
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We do it for $14.00 per 1000 square feet ... ...On another note, my rate is what the market will bare here, you'll have to know what the going rate is in your neck of the woods to be competetive - just don't lowball to get the work.

Matt
I agree. To be able to compete on aerations I have to charge $7.00 to $8.00 per 1000 sq. ft. There are companies here that specialize in aeration only for $4.00 to $6.00 per K. I strongly encourage customers to have it done but I either send them to one of these other companies or I sub it out. Aerations just aren't worth the $$$ and the hassle anymore around here.

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Old 04-26-2005, 12:03 PM
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"Howdy Folks", personally as a small company I dont like to send my customers to somebody else especially if I have that "new" piece of equipment just coming in.....How long does it take to do a 30k lawn?...If I did all the lawn fert apps, insect / disease, seedings, landscape program [ ferts & oils / soaps] or I did all the trim / shapes, I think I could give a regular account a better price on that aspect.....Hey, if its a 1 time deal, "Bang'im for the Bucks", if thats how you wanna do it?....But again if you are tryin to get all the work on the property, maybe that gives you leeway in your priceing?...........
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Old 04-26-2005, 12:10 PM
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"Howdy Folks", personally as a small company I dont like to send my customers to somebody else especially if I have that "new" piece of equipment just coming in.....How long does it take to do a 30k lawn?...If I did all the lawn fert apps, insect / disease, seedings, landscape program [ ferts & oils / soaps] or I did all the trim / shapes, I think I could give a regular account a better price on that aspect.....Hey, if its a 1 time deal, "Bang'im for the Bucks", if thats how you wanna do it?....But again if you are tryin to get all the work on the property, maybe that gives you leeway in your priceing?...........
The manual should give you the amount of sq. ft. per hour. Usually it ranges anywhere from 18k-30k per hour. I have a plugr pl800 and I do not need to go over a lawn twice so for a 7k lawn depending on difficulty I usually do it for 75-85.00 and takes me about 30 minutes.
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Old 04-27-2005, 06:54 PM
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I have a 36" Z-plugger.. It is definitely worth every dollar.. but small accounts I will do by hand. We charge $85 min.. $12/ M upto 25k and $10/m over that. I did an account last week 38k in about 2.0 hours.. The specs. rate the machine on a perfect flat lawn and 0 degree of difficulty. 90% of this account was done with the Z and about 10% with my 19" Lesco (too small). I look at $/hour after material costs, $100.00/ hr works for me. That aeration job was $190.00/ hour .. I could do for less and still be happy.. but I get plenty of aerations at my prices. BTW before the Z-Plugger, average hourly was about 60.00/ hr (including travel etc) Now,we are over 100.00 / hr (including travel).. Alot less fatigue.. I would much rather invest in equipment than another employee.
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Old 04-27-2005, 09:07 PM
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thanks for all your replys...
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Old 04-28-2005, 07:12 AM
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I'm reading all of these prices and wondering if this is aeration only or do any of them include over-seeding? I rarely aerate a lawn without applying seed (fescue) at the same time.
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