amount to charge customers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by goat hearder, Apr 1, 2004.

  1. goat hearder

    goat hearder LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    how much do some of you charge to mow a lawn ? and how much extra do you charge to pick grass up ?
  2. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,180

    $20 max. Have a flat rate and your phones will ring off the hook. Dont worry about what others say about charging rediculous amounts to keep the business strong.
  3. tedk

    tedk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 100

    it really depends on the customer, if i like them, i mow for free.
  4. Let it Grow

    Let it Grow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 476

    Hey goat herder. The first piece of advice I will give you right now will be one of the most important pieces of advice you will get in the near future. Don't do what "Trevors Lawn Care" says. Yes he is right your phone will ring off the hook, but you will also be doing more work for less pay. If you listen to the others on this site it will be the other way around.

    When you look at a lawn to do an estimate. Do your best to figure out how much time it will take, then multiply that number by the hourly rate that you need to charge to make money (Gross profit minus expenses). That is how I do it, and I think most other people do it that way to. Don't tell the customer an hourly rate just say "I can do it for $___ per week."
  5. charlies

    charlies LawnSite Senior Member
    from earth
    Posts: 587

    woah, caught a live one!

    we mow for free too.
  6. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,656

    I charge $480.00 to mow some lawns I do. Grass pickup is always included.
  7. charlies

    charlies LawnSite Senior Member
    from earth
    Posts: 587

    me too. it's either free or $480.00.
  8. Toehill

    Toehill LawnSite Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 23

    YOU GUYS DONT CHARGE ENOUGH AT ALL IM $960 just for the front yard backs double the price
  9. goat hearder

    goat hearder LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    lets say a customer has sod lain and wants the grass picked up. it takes about an hour to mow it. i would estimate a minimum of $60 . am i under bidding my self ? maybee i should charge 75
  10. billc

    billc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    You mean you charge for mowing? Don't you do it because it's so FUN?!

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