different hrly rates for different services?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Jun 14, 2005.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    i been thinking, and here is what i got. per man hour w/trimmer, or blower= $75 per hr minimum, with a 1 hr minimum. basic labor w/no power tools (like weeding beds, etc)- $60 per man hr minimum, with a one hr minimum. minimum dump fee, that's one stick or a truckload-$90. i pay $35 per load, and it's about a 35 minute round trip. sound ok?
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    You better move up by me bobby to pull those numbers IMO...but yes, have different hourly rates depending on the work.
  3. wayne volz

    wayne volz LawnSite Member
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    I guess if you know your cost these fees will be okay. Have you implemented a minimum cost per lawn? :waving:
  4. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,487

    I didn't think you did the hourly thing. As a matter of fact, were you not on here a couple of months ago bashing people for the "charging by the hour" mentality? Why the sudden change of heart?
  5. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    i'm getting alot of odd type jobs that are very difficult to accurately estimate. entire makeovers thru the real estate office, big trimming jobs, etc. i think there are some that i will have to quote hrly rates to
  6. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
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    Great post, someone was thinking today.
  7. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I see you are coming to the back of the bus......
  8. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
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    You sure about that? ;)
  9. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
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    DR. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde Professor BG & the student. This guy's all over the map.
  10. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
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    On all clean up work I charge more. Hedge trimming and the like or over grown grass, or lifting palms. $60/ hour is not gonna cut it. The people know they won't/can't do it so I say charge them for it.

    My rates vary, but my dump fee is $75 and we dump for free. 16x7 open trailer. Rarely need more than one trip. If I think I might, then they get the jumbo dump fee. $150. I get around 50% of my bids so I am doing ok.

    Question is how do you remove the debris from the trailer. Is that time accounted for or have you mastered the quick unload?

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