$1 Per Minute Help

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Husky03, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 432

    From reading threads on here I have came to the conclusion that $1 per minute per man hour is a good rate to charge for mowing. How exactly do you guys price this? Say I arrive to give an estimate next spring and I think the yard is going to take me 30 minutes to mow, edge, trim, and clean walks. Do I charge the customer $30 even or do I include drive time etc? Do I have the right idea?

    Thanks... :)
  2. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    You have the right idea. Factor in the drive time also. If you leave to do a property which takes 30 minutes, but 1 hour drive time.....you lose. Dont forget, 1$ per minute is your price....not what you pay your employee..... ;) :)
  3. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,433

    First of all, you need to adapt the fact that you will get $30.00 MINIMUM for a lawn. So even your smallest yard you need to get paid $30.00 wether it takes you 30 mins or 15 mins.

    After that i go up in $5.00 increments. I dont even measure anymore, i just eyeball it and can tell from there. Dollar a min doesnt really work for me. There are yards i have that are big but theres no trimming so i might knock a few bucks off the price if i dont have to trim or edge.

    If i was i you i would go by sqaure footage to start off with. Ive always used $4.00 per 1000 SQ FT. By one of those measuring deals and use for a few weeks and pretty soon you'll be able to eyeball a yard and figure it you.

    Just remember $30.00 MIINIMUM!
  4. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 432

    LOL, I am a long ways off form having an employee. I plan on sticking solo as long as I can.
    Are there any other factors besides drive time to think about? Majority of my accounts are very close together.

  5. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 432

    I was thinking more along the lines of a $25 minimum, but I have the idea.
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    you should look at how much you want to make, and how much you need to make.
  7. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    You have to consider what your local market will bear. If there are lots of LCOs in the area that will mow for $20, it will be harder for you to have a $25 or $30 minimum. Not impossible, but harder.
  8. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,433

    Thats what i used to do was $25 but people will pay $30.00 for small yards. Think about this. Average mowing where i live will last 35 weeks. thats an extra $175 a year. Now i raised all my 25s up to 30 which is 12 of my smaller houses. Therefore i made an extra $2100.00 last summer. That money right there is 50% of new walkbehind. Its your gas bill for the summer for smaller companies. Its going out and buying a couple new trimmers and blowers.

    That little 5 dollars adds up quick.

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