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Old 04-13-2008, 09:17 PM
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Landscape rates???

Small town SW Arkansas population 6K. We do lawn maintenance already and property clean up. Our rate is $20.00 a hour, and $25.00 if we have to use chain saw, DR brush mower, or other special equipment.

We are getting more and more land scape jobs. IE mulch, planting, rock work, fertilization, etc. I was thinking of the same base rate $20.00 a hour and mark up + mileage on anything I have to go buy. What do you guys in landscaping do? Just keep in mind this is a lower income area so I know the standard of living is different in SW Arkansas compared to Denver etc.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:19 PM
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triple your price.
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:26 PM
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Are you Licensed and Insured? At the rate your charging, maybe I can hire you to do all my work! $20 a hr is chump change for GOOD landscaping design/work. Are you offering that?
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:32 PM
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I am insured with 1,000,000. I am not offering land scape design. Just work maybe maintenance is better word. we have built some flower beds, really nice one if I do say so my self that the individuals wanted done. Small scale nothing huge. Weeding, new mulch, hedges/shrub, planting etc. Still too low for that sort of work???
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1989 Chevy 1500 EXcab
1994 Chevy 1500 Excab
6x16 Landscape trailer
6x16 drop trailer
6x14 drop trailer
5x12 drop trailer
5x8tilt trailer
61 inch BadBoy Outlaw
52 inch Exmark Lazer Z ZTR mower
42 inch Bush Hog ZTR mower
46 inch Cub Cadet ZTR mower
50 inch White lawn tractor
DR 7HP Scout brush mower
6x Sthil weed whackers
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:43 PM
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Insured, workers comp, pay taxes? If yes, your WAY underpriced.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:27 PM
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yes I am insured, I do pay workers comp, and taxes. I have 1 employee besides my self. I am starting to feel like I have been making a huge mistake in priceing even for a small town in a very poor region of the country.
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1989 Chevy 1500 EXcab
1994 Chevy 1500 Excab
6x16 Landscape trailer
6x16 drop trailer
6x14 drop trailer
5x12 drop trailer
5x8tilt trailer
61 inch BadBoy Outlaw
52 inch Exmark Lazer Z ZTR mower
42 inch Bush Hog ZTR mower
46 inch Cub Cadet ZTR mower
50 inch White lawn tractor
DR 7HP Scout brush mower
6x Sthil weed whackers
Too much other junk to name
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:34 PM
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Wow, that is low. Not sure what your overhead is but that seems horribll low.

I am at least triple that per hour- and after operating costs (fuel, taxes, salary [sometimes...], insurance, self-employment tax, pesticide app fees, DOT fees, etc etc etc etc... blah blah blah I could go on all day), I think the profit from my labor is like 4 bucks an hour! hahah.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:41 PM
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Think I am going to cry I need a beer hehe.
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1989 Chevy 1500 EXcab
1994 Chevy 1500 Excab
6x16 Landscape trailer
6x16 drop trailer
6x14 drop trailer
5x12 drop trailer
5x8tilt trailer
61 inch BadBoy Outlaw
52 inch Exmark Lazer Z ZTR mower
42 inch Bush Hog ZTR mower
46 inch Cub Cadet ZTR mower
50 inch White lawn tractor
DR 7HP Scout brush mower
6x Sthil weed whackers
Too much other junk to name
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Old 04-13-2008, 11:05 PM
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The average in middle TN. is 35-45 pending the area.
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Old 04-13-2008, 11:15 PM
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the cost of living dont get much lower than it is around here and i charge alot more than that. it costs me almost that much for an employee when you ad up all the expenses.
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