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Old 05-07-2014, 08:04 PM
rwblawncare rwblawncare is offline
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How much to charge per acre of lawn

I just had the opportunity to take on a 10 acre lawn to cut once a week. She has been my snowplow customer for many years. In order for me to take this account I have to lease a 72" exmark to do the job along with my 52" ztr. How much should I charge her? I do not want to shock her. I think the going rate is about $75 per acre. I also have to buy a bigger trailer. I will probably have this account for many years to come so I want to be fair to her. Lease price is $410/month. Any insight would be appreciated. I have been in the business for many years and never had to bid on anything this big. Thanks.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:16 PM
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I would be around the $600 range, but it depends on how much edging and trimming there is.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:23 PM
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I charge $50 per acre to just mow. I would also be in the $600 range assuming there is only light trimming. At $410 a month you could buy a mower. I wouldn't be leasing one. I would honestly just do it with your 52 or pass on it.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:27 PM
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not much trimming to do All trees have mulch around them. Maybe 1/2hour worth of trimming at the most. I think the payment would be lower if I bought instead of leasing. Am just in the beginning stages of this
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:42 PM
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I wouldn't be spending 15k on a mower and 5k on a trailer for a residential lawn. You are assuming things here.

One day she might wake up and decide wtf am I paying $600 to have my grass cut for someone can do it cheaper
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:43 PM
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That's 2400 a month to have grass cut. That's a mortgage payment for the average person
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:37 PM
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We mow an 11 acre hoa for $245, I doubt you will get the job at $600 a cut. A 60in z turn can mow 4-5 acres an hour.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:45 PM
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We mow an 11 acre hoa for $245, I doubt you will get the job at $600 a cut. A 60in z turn can mow 4-5 acres an hour.
WOW.... Glad you are not in my area or I wouldn't have any business lol. I do a similar size lawn for 525.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:56 PM
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I would not lease and I wouldn't buy a piece of equipment for just one yard. Do you plan on doing a lot of yards that require a 72 in mower? If so I would invest but realize that if she cancels service you're stuck with a 15k dollar mower that you aren't utilizing unless you pick up some other larger estates.
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:04 PM
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How much to charge per acre of lawn

It should only take you 3 hr with you mower unless it's a slow model. Always buy the fastest models which are usually more expensive but save so much time
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