A good price for a regular lawn.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CLAWS_LAWNSERVICE, May 15, 2010.

  1. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yea probably 25-40$ wait are you bagging? Gotta charge extra for that!
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  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Are you going to be licensed and insured? How big are your mowers? How much money do you need to live? Do you have any expected recurring costs? How are you going to bill your customers? Do you have any special software you need to buy? What are you going to pull your mowers with?

    There are 1,000 different items that go into figuring your costs. You can't begin to know how much to charge if you don't know your costs. No 2 LCOs have the same costs so how can you expect to know how much to charge by asking here?
     
  3. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    You need to add up everything you pay from rent to gas to replacement cost and maintenance cost on your machines taxes etc. Then divide it by however many weeks the season is there and divide it by 40 thats your hourly rate (basic). Imagine how long it takes to mow the yard your talking about and you can get an idea of what it cost you. Now you just need to figure out a good profit margin that is competitive yet won't scare people away. Here a normal lot goes for 70 per month or about 20 per cut (weekly). Thats a 60x100 lot around 1/5 of an acre I believe. Mowing, edging, line trimming minor herbicide and blowing.
     
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I get $10 a lawn up to an acre. If it takes me more than 3 hours I charge an extra 5 bucks, unless they have a fridge in the garage with beer in it, in which case I'll just sneak a couple.
     
  5. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
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    6000 square feet is about 1/7-1/8 of an acre just an fyi. An acre is roughly 43,560 square feet.
     
  6. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    lol thats a pretty rough estimate huh! :laugh::drinkup::drinkup:
     
  7. Hoy landscaping

    Hoy landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    o boy another new guy thread...
    its funny that some of you answer honestly. and where is ALC-Greg? I'm waiting for him to say search the forums!
     
  8. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    60*120 lots sorry plus front easements.
     
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    In land developement they use 40k sq ft, aka a builders acre.
     
  10. FastMan

    FastMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ahhhh,,, now I finally get it. That's why you're only getting $10 an acre. You're not figuring a full acre. :waving:
     

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