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Fall Clean-ups

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Rangr25, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. Rangr25

    Rangr25 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    Well this is my first season opperating a small lawn service company i was just wondering how everyone else figures the cost of a fall clean-up... im trying to be as competitive as possible so any input would be appreciated.

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    Charge an hourly rate PER MAN plus dump and haul away fees.
  3. poonero

    poonero LawnSite Member
    from ny
    Posts: 56

    if you buy a walk behind blower charge for that by the hr also.
  4. Rangr25

    Rangr25 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    just some more info on what im workin with...i have a hustler super z 60in and plan on getting a leaf vac with in the next couple weeks and then just a back pack blower

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    Are you talking about a walk behind vac thay are a waste of time very slooowww. I would get the vac for the Z and dump in the bed of the truck or trailer. Charge for everything.
  6. Rangr25

    Rangr25 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    no i plan on getting a vac to fit on the 60in deck for the rider
  7. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 976

    Like everyone's told you so far, make sure you can make your money back. Especially when you're buying a piece of specialty equipment like a Hustler bagging system @ $2000+ and will only be using it a few months out of a year. Charge accordingly.

    With regular mowing most guys try to charge enough to make approx. $60/hr, but as we all know that it really depends on the area you're in. Geological location will dictate what you're going to be able to charge for any service. As for leaf removal I've always tried to figure out the time it'll take and give a straight bid instead of telling people I only charge by the hour. They just don't understand when you tell them, "I charge $110/hr + a $60 dump fee."
  8. Andrew's Lawn Maintenance

    Andrew's Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Member
    Posts: 83

    I charge by the lot, (min of $200), but if I am over my head on how long it is going to take I just charge $35/man hour.

    Ultra Vac on a 50 Exmark
    Red Max EBZ7001
    Red Max EBZ8001
    2 Rakes
    2 Tarps
    (Getting a Little Wonder 9 horse blower) which will up the hourly rate to around 40/man hour
  9. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 976

    Wow! I wish you lived here in Louisville. I'd just sub everything out to you. Funny thing is I wouldn't have to lift a finger and would still make twice as much as I paid you. Doesn't make sense to me to bid a job that's twice as hard as mowing and charging less/hr than your mowing rate. To each his own ... I guess.
  10. mike plummer

    mike plummer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    My Self My Equipment Don't Get Off The Trailer Foe Less Then 75

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