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Old 06-01-2010, 09:58 AM
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Pricing???

Hi,
I'm just getting into this. I'm starting out with a proline Toro Super Recycler 21" push mower w/ bagger, and if it goes ok, I'll try to get a 42 hydro walk behind. What should I charge for just a normal size town lot? Should I charge extra for bagging or mulching? If so, how much extra? I was thinking of offering first mow free, (bad idea?). Should I mow each lawn every week? Any other recommendations? Any help would be appreciated!

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Old 06-01-2010, 01:09 PM
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First off you need to factor in your expenses/overhead...which probably wont be much but you need to factor it in anyway. I would then figure up how much you will need to charge to make a fair profit based on hourly...with a 21" mower you will be competing with people with larger mowers so your profit margin will be lower since it will take you longer to service a lawn. Do not offer the first mowing for free unless you like working for free because thats what you will be doing...if you are going to offer a mowing for free make it the 4th or 5th mowing with a signed contract that way you will have at least a month of service before giving something away.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:07 PM
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Thanks for the reply. What would you consider a good hourly profit?
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:10 PM
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$1,000,000 +- $100,000
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:55 PM
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$1,000,000 +- $100,000
Nice. You would only have to wrk a cpl days and be set for life. I always shoot for triple digits. sometimes you will come up short when the grass is really growing and your driving alot. Land 6 1-acre lots next to each other and you can make several triple digits in an hour. On a really long day when you bang out 45 plus. It's nice to think how much you made after paying your expenses (fuel, labor, food, whatever...) Cold beer in hand and a pretty girl under your arm, and the thought of the $$$$. Makes the long day all worth it. good luck!!!

Cut the lawns for what they are worth. When you get more accounts, get bigger machine, cut more lawns in a day. Get more accounts. Repeating process. Do good work and everything works out.
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:54 PM
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Do you charge extra for bagging or mulching?
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:55 PM
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And if so, how much? $5.00 extra for a small lot?
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I have always been amazed at that Q.
" how much for a normal sized lawn "

Please explane to me. What a normal sized lawn is ?
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One dollar per minute is good.
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:16 AM
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and YESSSSSS charge more for bagging/catching. more work= more money!! that simple. ANYTHING that requires more work or more of your time that is not included in your regular service fee, then charge more. i use WB's and charge ALOT more if they want it bagged. a catcher for my mower was $400 so u best believe i charge extra for bagging it!(luckily it came with my mower, but customers dont need to know that). say u do a lawn w/out baggin it....if u did bag it will take u an extra 20 mins give or take. Also depending on where u dump. If it took an hour mowing and took u 20+ mins bagging time, i would charge 20-25% more of the total of the mowing fee. make sense? just dont do a lawn for less than $25 if ur using a push mower man. (without bagging)
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