average cost of spring clean up?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by DandG, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. DandG

    DandG LawnSite Member
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    On the average sized property what should the cost of a spring clean up be? I guess it would probably take me by my self about 2 1/2 hrs. just wondering what I should be charging.
     
  2. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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    my brother and i charge 35 an hour per guy, not including any materials used.
     
  3. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What is average size? average around here, or average where you live?
    Do you mean dethatching, trimming, brush removal, mulching the beds, the full sha-bang?
    or just cleaning up some leaves?
    too many variables to answer your question.
    I charge $50/ hour, plus dump fees and materials fees.
    Hope this helps.
     
  4. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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    **** maybe i need to up my price, lol
     
  5. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I used $32/ man hour last year (my first year), but I bust my a$$ and dont stop for nothing until the job is done. I tried out $50/ hour on a couple of jobs and found no complaints, I was able to do one or two less jobs and bring in the same money with less back pain at the end of the week. So far as I am not losing jobs or having any major complaints, the labor rate stays at 50. As far as I am concerned, if someone wants it cheaper, I could do it for the lesser rate, slack a little during the job and take my time and it all ends up the same in the end.
    If I was you, and all the other people who read this post, I'd raise my price too! Then we'd all live a little better!
     
  6. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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    yeah but you work solo no??? my brother and i are partners so were always together so its more like 70 an hour with 2 of us there, so it guess it all evens out in the end.
     
  7. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
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    True! But I work like 3 men and a boy, so my customers are REALLY getting a deal! LOL.
     
  8. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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    haha yeah im a bit lazier i suppose i try not to kill myself while working its not worth it.
     
  9. ManorD24

    ManorD24 LawnSite Member
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    $120 minium and thats on houses that are less than 1/4 acre, no thatching, just blow out the beds, lawn and give it first cut. Less than an hour with 2 guys working.
     
  10. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
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    Well if you take 2 1/2 hours solo to do the job that would work out to be $125 @ $50 per man hour.

    That is my minimum for fall cleanups, got a few that I can do in 45 minutes solo and get the 125 dollar check with a thank you and a smile.

    Spring cleanups are alot harder than the fall cleanups. In the fall you are cleaning the lawn and in the spring you are scrubing the lawns.

    I dont touch anything for under $175 in the spring. About 10% of my accounts are priced under $200 per cleanup. I can go up as high as $350 for a larger than average lawn. Then there are the really BIG ones. We wont even talk about those.

    So basicly what I'm saying is nothing for less than $175, but my average is around $250-$275 for spring cleanups.
     

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