Charge too much!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GreenMachine102, Aug 6, 2003.

  1. GreenMachine102

    GreenMachine102 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 219

    How do you guys charge so much, why? For a large size residential I only would charge 25 or 30 dollars, small residential maybe 10-15!, medium- 15-25!,
     
  2. lawn perfection

    lawn perfection LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 347

    I don't mow anything for less than 30 bucks, anything less its not worth my time. i can sit home and go broke. I guess 15-20 dollars is ok if you can do enough properties to justify it.have to much invested in equipment etc.
     
  3. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 538

    Get ready to get blasted on this subject. Your age explains part of the reason your rates are low. I have a feeling a lot of these folks are going to tell you to keep charging what you are, because next year you will be out of business and they will get your accounts.
     
  4. J&R

    J&R LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 835

    Because people will pay more you just need to start asking for 35-40 per cut.
     
  5. turfman33

    turfman33 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 226

    Your under charging. Think about what your overheads are, (truck, equipment, time traveled, wear and tear, time on the job, gas, oil changes, blade sharpening, belts to change, edger blades to change, trimmer line....and the list goes on and on) and you live in Maryland too. I use to live there so I know the cost of living is higher there than it is here. I charge $20-$25 for smaller lots. look at the landscaping they have too. Do you have to do a lot of edging? Do they have a fence that you have to weed whack around? It's there low growing tree's that you have to weed whack under? Theres a lot involved. not just a matter of jumping on a mower and cutting. Plus, this equipment isn't cheap. when I tell people how much a Ztr is Or just a high quality weed whacker, they can't believe it.

    Steve

    P.S. your going to make life real hard for the LCO around you low-balling as well. I come across it myself down here.
     
  6. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,171

    You should base your fees for service on what your market will bear. Why would you manage 20 properties each week @ $15. each, when you can get the same properties for $30. each. I am from the Northeast so I can not speak for other parts of the country, but I can't imagine trying to make my business run on only $15. per lawn. I would be impossible to do if you are a legit business.
     
  7. mrbenfer

    mrbenfer LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 136

    "GREEN" ..... The reason people charge so much is because they have so much overhead to pay for its ridiculous.

    Could you live off the money you make charging 15 dollars to mow a lawn?

    Can you afford taxes and insurance?

    Can you afford your equipment payments? What if something breaks down... Can you afford to fix it?

    If you were to expand some day, could you afford a crew?

    Gas?

    There is so much overhead its crazy. You cant just break even "Green" You have to make money on top of it all buddy.


    Dont take offense to this but does daddy help you out with money or something?? Because i'm 17 and I would not be able to survive making 15-25 on a acre lot.
     
  8. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    I only have two reasons....overhead & profit
     
  9. Theses plus I like my Fillet Mignon, expensive toys
     
  10. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Posts: 776

    LGF, you forgot lobster :D
     

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