Brush Removal Question.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by JHill321, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. JHill321

    JHill321 LawnSite Member
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    Getting ready to launch my Lawn Care company. Im going to offer Lawn Care, Sod Installation, Pressure Washing and also want to offer Brush removal (Not Commercial) Have a question if anyone can help me out. How would I price a brush removal job? Nothin major huge. Jus residential work. I have my own walk behind brush mower. Would I charge by the square foot then add on an hourly rate? If so what would I charge by the square foot and what would be fair for an hourly rate? Or should I charge an hourly rate then add on fuel cost?? Any help would be great. Thanks.
     
  2. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I own a wb brushmower also. I keep it simple and charge $75- $100 per hour depending on the growth and terrain. Once you do some of these types of jobs you can figure out how productive your machine will be in varying conditions. At this point you will be pretty accurate in your bids. After doing so many brushclearing jobs, my estimates are usually spot on.

    Bidding by the square foot is something I try not to do. A larger flat lot can be done quicker than a small hilly one. Also, try taking some time to walk an overgrown property for hiddden objects. One time brushclearing jobs can be very profitable but if it is not for an existing customer I always demand cash up front before I start.
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  3. JHill321

    JHill321 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks very helpful. Would it be a good idea to not tell the customer how much I am charging hourly? Should I just estimate how long it will take me and figure what the total cost would be??
     
  4. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No, I would not tell the customer. For real demanding clearing jobs, I do not negotiate, they either take my price or they can find someone else.
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  5. JHill321

    JHill321 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks again.
     
  6. DPKutter

    DPKutter LawnSite Member
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    For larger jobs, this beast is Awesome!!!!!!!! You can rent it for around $900.00 a day from Bobcat. Also, if you get it on Saturday, you get to keep it until Monday for no additional charge, at least in my area.

    http://youtu.be/1KKKzIQhyUE
     
  7. JHill321

    JHill321 LawnSite Member
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    Thats good stuff there. Id love to sit in that all day and demolish stuff! :cool2:
     

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