Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-14-2006, 10:56 PM
mmtwin mmtwin is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Pa
Posts: 5
need help with pricing

just starting in the bus this year. Sold resteraunt. I was wondering how you guys charge a price of a lawn? Is it squre feet or time to do? Also is seasonal the way to go as well? any info would be greatly welcome.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-18-2006, 12:54 AM
indyturf's Avatar
indyturf indyturf is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Indy
Posts: 1,823
you need to look at sq ft and time plus the cost of equiptment and material. I like to clear $100 per hr.
__________________
GMC W4500 box truck, Z-Spray Jr36
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-18-2006, 01:02 AM
Joey bag a' donuts's Avatar
Joey bag a' donuts Joey bag a' donuts is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Macomb, Michigan
Posts: 146
take the price of fettechini alfredo and x's it by 2...thats the meathod I use...J/K...I've never measured out square footage or cut before I gave a price. Most people want a price before you do the work anyhow...for quick 5-10 minute jobs which is like a small subdivision lot I charge a min. of $25...I kinda go from there. As they get bigger I think of that $25 lot and charge according to that. My 2 cents...last time I gave advice about prices I got my ass handed to me...so there are going to be about as many different pricing meathods as there are lawn companys...Is seasonal the way to go??? I let my customers know before hand that its very hard to cut snow but I'll plow it.
__________________
www.morningtidelawn.com
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-18-2006, 05:03 PM
dtelawncare dtelawncare is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Northeast, AL
Posts: 227
I am still new to this, but I charge 35 an hour. I don't diclose that to customers. My minumun is 35 even if it takes 30 min. Remember you may only cut and trim for 30 min, but you have to load up, drive there, drive away, and unload. Make sure you figure in your travel time. You can charge any $$$ amount per hour. You have to decide how much you needand want in you pockets.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-18-2006, 05:15 PM
befnme's Avatar
befnme befnme is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: clinton,nc
Posts: 1,416
the first thing you need to figure out is your overhead .
insurance $790.00 year ,65.83 month ,15.20 week
w/c $5000.00 year , 416.66 month , 96.22 week
fuel 2.35 per gallon @ x gal. per lawn = ?.00
truck fuel 2.35 per gallon @ x gal. to get there and back = ?.00
labor rate x per person per hour
materials , trimmer line ,blades ,oil.

the list is very comprehensive but you have to do it to make sure you are making a profit per lawn or job whatever it is . some one about a month or so ago on here said it right : some people really run a business and some people play business .in my book if you dont know what everything costs the you are playing business .i know what everything costs no matter what job i do .you should know what i mean if you ran a restaurant .if you buy one box of fish for 15.00 you hve to break it down to how much is each peice of fish and how many peices do you put on a plate to make it look good and still make a profit........just my .02
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-19-2006, 11:44 AM
RedMaxrules RedMaxrules is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Pawtucket, RI.
Posts: 7
befnme is right. You need to breakdown expenses and figure out how much it's going to cost you just to run your business. Don't forget to take into consideration everything that it's going to cost you to run your business, everything. To answer your question most landscapers that I have come in contact with charge a min. for one size lawn based on the time it will take and then increase their price from there.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:43 AM.

Page generated in 0.07779 seconds with 9 queries