Estimating

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TCZellars, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. TCZellars

    TCZellars LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    How do you guys charge for mowing, do you do it by just a made up amount or do you use your calculate your hourly cost and go from there?
     
  2. The things that determine price for me are as follows:
    1)Yard size
    2)Gated back yard
    3)How much weedeating/edging
    4)Status of neighborhood(middle class/upper middle etc.)
    5)Location of neighborhood(how far do i have to drive/am i already cutting in this neighborhood)
     
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    Yes, price is based on the amount of work.

    No offense to you because I did it too, but from my own experience with this
    I would advise against making pricing decisions based on customer's income.
    Everybody pays the same, rich or poor, then it's fair.
     
  4. So, what you are saying is you would charge someone who lives in a working-middle class neighborhood the same price as someone who lives in an upperclass neighborhood all things equal?
     
  5. CLARK LAWN

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,526

    ya if both yards are goimg to ake 20 each then the cost would be the same.
     
  6. mmurdock

    mmurdock LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    You should not charge more just becuse you know they have it. Not a good plan.
     
  7. djchiodo3

    djchiodo3 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 345

    I have charged more to do upscale homes($500K). The people who can afford these houses expect there lawns to look beyond perfect. They all drive $50K - $100K cars. When they go out to dinner at their fancy restaurant do you think they should pay the same as McDonald's food? Do they drive Yugos? They want a professional looking rig to be parked in front of their house and they are going to pay for it. At the same time, I have priced out lawns that were the same size as these estate lawns for less because they lived in a lower class neighborhood. These people are easier to get along with and don't seem to complain as much as the ultra rich.
     
  8. hillbilly_lawnboy

    hillbilly_lawnboy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 86

    aint that the truth. really it is up to you, i ahve always based my price on the performance aspect of the job. if i have to spend 30 minutes cleaning clippings where i normally wouldnt you better believe he is getting charged more
     
  9. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538


    Thats mostly right. However many "wealthy" people are some of the cheapest sob's ive run into.
     
  10. hillbilly_lawnboy

    hillbilly_lawnboy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 86

    ah man to that
     

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