Charge for a terrible yard

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rockandroller, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. rockandroller

    rockandroller LawnSite Member
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    Went to a new property that was a pain in the ass. Not to large in sq ft. maybe 3000, but a massive hill. I cut the hill, the back yard, and the sidewalk island (it is a corner lot in and urban area St. Louis City) with a trimmer. The only way to get a mower into the back yard was going up this hill, and because there was all sorts of construction debris laying around due to rehab, I cut the whole mother with my trimmer. Trust me, I think it was the best way. What to charge?

    Busting my ass I hacked it all down in 30 min...My forearms are burning and I want to get paid. What is fair?
  2. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
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    30 X $1.50 per minute = $45
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,207

    Guess you won't make much of a trim guy.....what about most guys trim for around 6 hours each day. Thirty bucks for the job especiallly since you didnt' get agreement beforehand?
  4. rockandroller

    rockandroller LawnSite Member
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    Trimming on a 45 degree angle in large arcing patterns for 30 min would probably do in even the best trim guy. No offense, but I can work the trimmer. I have worked with the owners of this property before and they trust my pricing, thus no need for an agreement. I am going to charge $50 and I think I am being generous.
  5. marckxman

    marckxman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    If you don't want it bid it that way.

    If you want it, bid it a little lower. Chances are you'll get it anyway and wish you had asked for more.
  6. mr mow

    mr mow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    30 min on 45 deg slope is nothing. quit crying Nancy! I mean really quit crying, i have done many of yards will a trimmer when i was learning (entire yards, ran out of gas or something and wanted to get done) trimming 8hrs a day for 6 months for a year or two and you will have forearms like popeye!
  7. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,522

    Whoa! A whole 30 minutes on a slope and your arms are burning? Dude, you need to get in shape
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    $20 and I'm not kidding.
  9. rockandroller

    rockandroller LawnSite Member
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    We've got some funny mofo's chiming in here. I like Nancy, and especially the one who said $20 no joke. That is a joke mate! I won't pull my gear off the trailer for less than $20 and that is for yard that takes 15 min solo.....

    I like getting paid well, not like a peasant. I will get $50 for that yard, and will be retiring ten years earlier than you'll who are rubbing your forearms and elbows charging $20 for cutting a yard with a string trimmer
  10. Ground Master

    Ground Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 505

    So, you did the work WITHOUT giving a bid?

    Then you bust on people for their opinions?

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