Curious: How much to mow this jungle?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DFW Area Landscaper, May 19, 2005.

  1. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
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    Very small lawn, but I am curious to see how much other LCO's would charge to mow this jungle. We did the first cut hourly, and I'd like to see if our hourly rates are similar to what people would quote on a firm price.

    As you can imagine, the front lawn is also very small. The entire lawn is around 2,500 sq ft.

    Later,
    DFW Area Landscaper

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  2. CleanCutMaint

    CleanCutMaint LawnSite Member
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    $70 the first time, $35 after that (weekly)
     
  3. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,116

    I can assure you that $35 per cut in my market would lead to a cancellation, if they agreed to that price to begin with. We are charging $20 bi-weekly on this one, assuming they comply with our fertilizer restrictions.

    Later,
    DFW Area Landscaper
     
  4. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
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    $75 the first time, $45 after that.

    I have a $45 minimum.
     
  5. jpa375

    jpa375 LawnSite Member
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    $50 first cut/$25 weekly
     
  6. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
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    60, three cuts lowering the deck in succession to get it down....
    20 per week, or 45 bi weekly
     
  7. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
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    We charged hourly. It took two men one hour and fifteen minutes to cut this.

    At $36/man-hour, we charged $90 for the for the first cut.

    Regular price is $20 and a three man crew should be able to knock it out in 8 to 12 minutes.

    Later,
    DFW Area Landscaper
     
  8. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
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    DFW The price quote would depend of it this was just a one time cut or if the customer signed a contract. Which one was it?


    Gravely_Man
     
  9. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
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    We are just up the road in Denton. Our minimum is $25.00, and that applys only where we have several lawns on the same street. If we had to go into another neighborhood, or even just a couple of streets away to do that lawn, we would charge $28.00.
    Your first-time cleanup cost sounds about right.
     
  10. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
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    So let's say 12 minutes. You figuring anything for travel time to the job, or to the next job?

    Are you not paying your men for windshield time?

    That's roughly 15 minutes x 3 for three men, the way I see it you're getting roughly $20 for 3/4 of a man hour.

    How do you afford to pay the men?

    What about the string trimmer line they use? Sharpening blades?

    This is why I don't do any per cut pricing.

    I tell the customer what it wioll cost to maintain the yard on a monthly basis and charge accordingly.

    Contract must be signed before the first blade of grass is cut.

    NO FLAMES DFW and nothing personal......
     

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