Does this sound fair?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mkwl, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I just finished the 4th cleanup of the year, out of 12 I have to do. I had given the client estimates before I did the job. I did a spring cleanup, fert. app. (don't tell me it's illegal, I already know :rolleyes: ), and heavily limed the whole yard. The lawn is about 25,000-27,000 sq. ft. I charged $385 for the whole thing, came in $85 more than the estimate (needed more lime than anticipated), seemed like a lot. What would you have charged? Did I charge a fair price?
     
  2. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Bump... anyone?
     
  3. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
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    So you are saying you lost $85??? If so how can you even think you were fair? You weren't. You were MORE than fair to the cistomer and not fair enough to yourself.
     
  4. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No, I charged $85 more than I had estimated. Estimate was for $300, I charged $385.
     
  5. Watkinslawnservice

    Watkinslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    How much time did you have into the job and how much did you pay in materials?
     
  6. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
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    well key word is estimate I say it's within $50 +- so yes I would say it's fair
     
  7. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I paid $150 for materials, and I had about 7 hours into the project. Bear in mind, the town I work (and live) in is the 79th wealthiest town in the USA.
     
  8. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Anyone else? I'm starting to wonder if I overcharged.
     
  9. MysticLandscape

    MysticLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So you made $235 for 7 hours worth or work. Were you alone or did you have someone else help you? If you were alone thats around $33.50 an hr, which sounds good for working solo.
     
  10. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
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    In that case I would credit the account $30.00. Make sure you let them know you credited them. They will want to use that credit. BAM! You have a great steady customer now...
     

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