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fall clean up pricing

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Larson Lawn Care, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. Larson Lawn Care

    Larson Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 738

    In the past I have bid leaf clean ups onsite. I would pull up, find out how many leaves were there and then I would give them the price. Last year I started to tell the customers an hourly rate; most of them were shocked to hear the hourly rate. I would then tell them that we can cap the price after "x" amount of hours. Several went with it, but it scared some away. I hate to tell my customers an hourly rate, but I don't know how else to price the jobs. How do you charge for leaf clean ups?
  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,466

    The same way you have...and I too hate it.
  3. Larson Lawn Care

    Larson Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 738

    I wish I had so many customers that it wouldn't matter to scare some off, but with only about 30 potential leaf clean up customers I want to get as many of them as possible.
  4. patriotlawn375

    patriotlawn375 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 57

    Here's how i play it, if it's a yard you normally mulch then you are going to have to add atleast an extra hour to it if mowing up leaves. Plus you have the cost of extra supplies. Now your other option, not really an option for most, but would be to either tarp them and haul them off, if you have somewhere to dump them.

    For mowing: Current rate + extra time + $20 ( +/- depending on how often you do it.)
    pick up/ Haul: WHatever you feel it's worth + gas + dumping fee ( if any)
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Depending on accessability, set a rate by the truckload. Just like the ones that are mowed, figure out how many truckloads there are and place the estimate for all.
    Blowing Oakleaves can be done in 2 or 3 hours per truckload, if I can 3 loads out of a job, per week.
    I just need to figure out how much money I want for a 6 - 9 hour day.

    You should charge enough per hour, for the blower only, to buy a new blower every 50 - 100 hours.
  6. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    Thats why you have to show them what you can do , I operate a 3 man crew at 150 an hour but what I can do in an hour would take a homeowner a week. They change there mind after they see the action!
  7. TrashBagPopper

    TrashBagPopper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    I know bagging leaves and grass is a drag, but is a lot easier when using The Trash Bag Popper. Don't be fooled with the "knock-off." This product will keep the bag open, prevent sharp objects from puncturing the bag and will actually lay on its side keeping the bag open allowing you to rake or sweep leaves or clippings right into the bag. It works better than you can imagine!Check it out!

  8. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    if your bidding leaf work by a flat rate your losing money! Never do a leaf job on flat pay scale , leaf work can fool ya!
  9. TuffWork

    TuffWork LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 507

    I too have had that problem. People think it's ridiculous when you tell them your hourly rate. Most people know nothing about overhead, etc. I just bid it and do it, anymore. Win some lose some.

    Luckily, I've finally started to get a good chunk of customers who would rather me just do it first. Then, give them a price when I'm done. They know I charge reasonably so they aren't worried about it. (or their just effin rich and could care less)
  10. kestes0704

    kestes0704 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    I charge $30.00 per man hr and $7.50 per tarp removed. I also then explain to the customer that we are there to work not eat lunch and take breaks. I have not had anyone complain of final price yet.

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