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Corner Lots?/Normal Lots?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by bushwacker24, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. bushwacker24

    bushwacker24 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Im new to this business but not mowing a lawn, I was once told that
    I should price based on lots not actual sq.ft. is this wrong? Im charging $25-$30 for normal, and $35-$45 for a corner is there a better way?
    also I started about 2 months ago (late in the season) and had not 1 cliente
    but I went to all the real estate offices in my town and asked if there were any vacant homes that needed some attention, this got me 7 clients in about 2 weeks and 4 were on my 1st day of scouting. Now my worry is what happens when they finaly are sold or rented, I am wondering what to do for clients next season?
  2. capetan

    capetan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 226

    heres my formula, say you have 21" mower multiply the mower sizes by $2 charge that an hour, so 42 an hour
  3. bushwacker24

    bushwacker24 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    so 36" is $72 hour, and I also I heard I should be charging $1 per minute for every lawn I do which turns out to be $60 hour so I guess its to each his own when it comes to pricing. thanks
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    You have a system, work with that and tweak it a little over time as you see fit.
    You'll be fine, that's all you need is a system, some kind of a 'ok here is how I do it.'
    And if it isn't perfect, don't worry about it, mine isn't either (thou I sure like to think it is :laugh:)
    It gets better with time, I think you'll see where you need to make adjustments eventually, etc, you're gtg really.
  5. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Posts: 1,667

    Yeah, I actually do have a price list for sq. ft. and charge extra for corner lots but sometimes the city cuts the grass on the corner. I'm still small time in lawns and now I know that the most important thing is obstacles and gate sizes, trimming and the customer attitude.

    I'll still advertise prices for lawns, I like to have prices on my flyers but I will adjust the price or the service if I can't make a dollar a minute on it. If I make more then a dollar a minute well then... I won't say nothing :)
  6. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,125

    I think the whole $1 a minute was based on a 60" deck. So $1 per inches of deck per hour would be more realistic, but then again this system started a few years back.

    I would say a 52" deck is closer to the $1 a minute now.

    Then you have small lots that is based on a minimum because sometimes a push mower is just as fast.

    It trial and error. If your landing all your bids your to low, if your gaining 1/2 your just about right.
  7. GroundForce007

    GroundForce007 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 32

    yeah i think thats what it is too
  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,782

    If the housing market is like it is around here expect to be mowing those lawns for about 5 years!
  9. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Posts: 1,667

    Well I don't have that much experience so I base it on the yard. I time it $25 better be 25 minutes. If I'm using the 21 cause the want it bagged I make sure its done in 25 minutes.
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I couldn't have said it better myself.

    I would as soon work an hour for $45 for someone who treats me with the utmost respect (I just get OFF when some fancy lawyer in a 500k house treats me like I'm one of them without overdoing it or faking it or being condescending), vs. someone I feel is just jerking me around it seems $30 for 18 minutes isn't enough.

    That and there's travel time... More and more I'd as soon spend more time for less $ / hour than make $90 / hour but I can't get 10 minutes in and wow I gotta hop back in the truck again, seems to me it's all the same money in the end anyhow.

    Something about it, those I'll do more for are also the kind who spend the most / year.
    It's a whole different story to put in hours at 45-50 / hour for someone who spends over a grand a year, compared to someone who I gotta pull teeth to squeeze another dime out of some super-tight 2-300 / year budget, this is right about where I start quoting $100 / hour because I don't even want it...
    I just can't do it anymore, I'm all for those who stroke the big checks without even flinching, took time to see that thou.

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