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clean ups

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by lsylvain, Feb 15, 2001.

  1. lsylvain

    lsylvain LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 777

    How does everyone price for clean ups. By hour or sq/ft.
    What kind of rates. Any help would be greatly apreciated.
     
  2. Getmow

    Getmow LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 445

    Price per hour + dump fees/time + hassle factor(wet,dirty yard,obstacles,etc). COme up with the overall price and quote that not the hourly rate.
     
  3. mike

    mike LawnSite Member
    Posts: 84

    My start up price for cleaning is not less than double the price I charge for mowing. Once I get that, then I estimate what I think it would cost me , times amount of workers per hour + dump fee. Compare the two rates, then bid whats best for you!! Keep in mind the extent of cleanup your dealing with,(ditches, pine needles, limbs, etc. I hope this helps you!!!! Keep in mind that you may be able to give a little price break to a "GOOD, REGULAR" customer, because you know you'll be getting more work from them. Have a gooooooooood day!!!!!!!
     
  4. lawman

    lawman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 199

    I min charge is twice the cost of the cut + dump fees and hassel charge.
     
  5. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 992

    For me most seem to fall into the $100-300 range.
     
  6. SJR Lawncare

    SJR Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 250

    By the hour!!! There are too many variables especially for leaf clean-up. One day the leaves will all be completely dry, you give them a price, you go to do the job a week later, it has rained for 3 days, now the leaves are soaking wet. Now the job will take at least double the time, but you already gave a price for how they looked at the time of the estimate. You only get paid for half of what the job should pay. I learned the hard way. Customers dont always like to pay by the hour, but usually if you explain this to them they completely understand.

    SJR
     
  7. BUSHMASTER

    BUSHMASTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 519

    Per day,what do i want to make...if it takes me 8 hours i charge a full good days cuttings +some and added expenses ie.fuel,hauling,tipping fees,bags,etc etc
     
  8. Just Cut

    Just Cut LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    I charge by the hour plus the dump fee. I have found there are to many variables

    Ron
     
  9. GreenQuest Lawn

    GreenQuest Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 822

    mostly by the hour but some customers want a full price bid i always leave myself extra time if i do it that way. seems once i explain they figure hourly is the better way to go.
     
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    I estimate what it will cost. How many hours, dumping fee(s), and equipment used, then I give a lump sum estimate. This way, if I sit down for a few, or take a break, I don't have to worry about the customers being concerned about what they're paying "by the hour". I can take whatever time necessary and do it right, and STILL make a bundle.
     

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