Fall cleanup

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Lawn_Care, Sep 17, 2005.

  1. Lawn_Care

    Lawn_Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Does anybody have a formula for fall cleanup quotes?
    In the past I simply eyeball the property and estimate man-hours.
    This season I acquired several 15,000 to 25,000 square foot accounts in a mature wooded community.
    Estimating 5,000 square foot properties seemed simple and the downside risk of low ball pricing was minimal.
     
  2. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,442

    What method of cleanup are you using? Mowers with vacs or blowers and a truck vac?

    If your using mowers with vacs some will charge 2 or 3 times the normal cut price plus extra for hauling it away.

    If your using blowers and a truck vac as I am, I charge per man hour. I just give a ballpark figure and I explain this to the customer. And I make sure they understand this so that when it turns out to be 320 dollars instead of 250 they won't freak out. I don't say what the hourly cost is but if its a rough sale explain that your crew is very effiecent and if any breaks are taken they (the customer) isn't being charged during that time.
     

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