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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cboylston, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. cboylston

    cboylston LawnSite Member
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    HI

    Could someone give advice on how to charge for spring and fall clean up. Also how much to charge for a mulching. This is for residential and commercial. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.
     
  2. DKJLawnCare

    DKJLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    It depends on the area, Each place will be diff.
     
  3. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    you need to go over to the starting a lawn care business and READ. EVERYTHING is posted over there, 2000 times.
     
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Estimate your cost, add in your profit, turn in your bid.
     
  5. vharman4

    vharman4 LawnSite Member
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    for a start you could calculate how much the job will cost you, how long it will take, and how much you want to charge for an hourly rate
     
  6. santafe

    santafe LawnSite Member
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    for mulching I usually(not always) charge 1.5 x the mowing rate. clean up I usually charge $30-$40/man hr. if epuipment is used then $50-$60/man hr. I always keep in mind how much the customer is going to spend with me through out the year. greg is also right.
     
  7. cboylston

    cboylston LawnSite Member
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    Thanks i just wanted to make sure i was on the right track i usually do residential
     
  8. borwicks

    borwicks LawnSite Senior Member
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    In this area. These are prices you can get away with and not have the property manager or owner say ill get back to you.
    Hand raking and pruning-$20-25..this is pushing it. Temps are $12 per hour.
    back back blower, walk behind blowers-$35

    If you want I have a some video and pics of some areas we cleaned with times.
    5k property..2 oaks..6 ashes..1.5 man hours...billed $60
    28k property..3 oaks..7 locust..2 ??..9 others..18 man hours..9 hours billed because owner son worked beside me..billed $290..filled my 20 yard dump trailer.
     
  9. borwicks

    borwicks LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 615

    ON the 5k I used walk behind blower only. and dumped leaves in his ravine.
    28k..we used hand rakes and walk behind blower.
    Everything gets blown to the nearest load point.
     
  10. borwicks

    borwicks LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 615

    I billed for drive time as well. The 9 hours for my labor included drive time to and from property then to dump, which was free.
     

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