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Old 03-15-2009, 09:20 AM
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How to price bush trimming

How do you guys price for bush,and shrub cleaning. Like do you charge so much per bush or by the hour?
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Old 03-16-2009, 07:12 AM
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it's sooo subjective, I do an estimate on how long it will take and use an hourly rate to quote a price.
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My customers want an up front price. I have to estimate the time and removal costs. The last thing I will ever do is quote anything based on actual time with an hourly rate. The last thing I want is to have a customer watching me work, and deciding whether or not I am working fast enough.

Pruning can be very hard work on large hedges. Sometimes, you just need to put the trimmer down and take a break. I will be the judge on whether or not I'm going fast or efficiently enough. The customer has his price, I do my job, he stays out of my hair. If my estimate was lousy, my fault.
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Old 03-16-2009, 07:13 PM
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How do you guys price for bush,and shrub cleaning. Like do you charge so much per bush or by the hour?
The only thing I price per "bush" are ornamental grasses.

Otherwise I do what others are saying and estimate how long it's going to take, discreminate the customer, and make a price.
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:24 PM
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by the man hour espically if you send workers customers always ask for more than the normal
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:38 PM
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figure out how long you think it will take an do no less than $45/hour. trimmin hedges is a pita and dont short yourself. Add a little extra time on just in case. NEVER tell a customer a per hour rate. Some will scoff or maybe even pass out if they find out your making $50/hour to trim hedges. We know it is what we should make, but some people think it is highway robbery.
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I estimate by the hour, but don't tell the customer that's what you are doing. Just use it as a tool. I usually do $40 an hour by myself, $50 or so if I have help but youve got to remember if you have help you will get done faster, so don't short change yourself
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I usually do between $45 and $50 and hour. If they are Indian/Middle Eastern then its $100 an hour because I know I'll be there twice as long while they nitpick everything I do.
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How do you guys price for bush,and shrub cleaning. Like do you charge so much per bush or by the hour?
I like to charge $5 a bush and if I have to use a step ladder $10 a bush. But You may go a tad bit cheaper if there is allot of them. Also for the ones you have to get a latter for may be a little more than $10 depending how big around and how tall.
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