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Figuring out costs

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by SullysAllSeasons, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. xclusive

    xclusive LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,052

    That isn't my real cost just an example, but that is for a 3 man crew. My cost is actually lower than that.
     
  2. xclusive

    xclusive LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,052

    Yes I totally agree with this statement. Maybe 5 years ago that would have been okay but nowadays with every moe, Larry and curly being a landscaper that definitely isn't happening. If you can get that per hour for a 3 or 4 man crew more power to you, but I don't see that happening in this economy.
     
  3. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,878

    I'm definitely not paying anyone that works for me 40-50/hr. I don't charge by the hour if that's what you are getting at. That's basically the number I aim for and bust a$$ as hard as possible to get that, primarily with clean ups. Around 60-65/man hr for mowing is what I aim for. The numbers vary for installs depending on what the task at hand is.
     
  4. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    Help me out here, I'm not figuring something right, if you have a two man mowing crew and your getting 60/mnhr your charging $60 for a lawn that takes 30mins to service?
     
  5. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,715

    He's solo, a lot of solo guys try to get $60 + PMH. I try to be around $50 PMH to be competetive yet cover my costs.
     
  6. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    Just asking here, man/hr = man/hr weather your solo or two or three?
     
  7. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Posts: 4,161

    His $60 to $75 is obtainable in our market especially in his suburb area. Most of my flat rate monthly contracts have $60 to $75 per hr for work outside the specs of the contract. Nobody flinches when they see the rate. Around here giving $50/hr rate happens but is more the mid to low rate.
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  8. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,715

    People around me don't flinch when they see $75 PMH, they :cry:

    Some guys down south are talking $30 PMH

    Geography has A LOT to do with pricing.
     
  9. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    WOW! Now I know why everybody is moving here! Just don't move here and think your going to get 60-70/mnhr ain't happening. you can get 60/mnhr for mowing but for straight labor more like 30-40/mnhr I was at 45 last year and struggled like crazy on straight labor bids.
     
  10. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,878

    Yes that is what I'm getting at.

    Even if I had employees with me on maintenance properties the numbers per man hour don't change. However, on larger properties I'd be willing to reduce the amt per man/hr a little bit as less truck fuel burnt and wear & tear on trucks & trailers. I have a buddy whose company only does townhouses & commercials for maintenance and they average $50/man hr.
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2013

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