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Florida Lawn question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawn guy, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. lawn guy

    lawn guy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 71

    Hi all
    I live in central Florida and Was wondering how much others are charging per cut, trim and edge. Currently I get around $12 for a average 60X100 and $15 for corner lots. Also when hiring a employee ( to trim and edge mosty) what is a good per hour rate?
     
  2. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,913

    It's really not a matter of how much per yard ..... it's how much time it takes .... how much my cost are per hour n than how much do I need to make a living

    Latter as one grows ... adds equip n workers than it also becomes how much extra to charge to create profit

    Fore me ..... yards which are .25 acre is a min of $70 per month (which is $20 per cut) for wide open not much beds or such .... time frame is 20-25 min

    With such a low rate ... you really only have a job n not gaining the $$ needed to create a business .... later you'll realize that as you gain more work that your gonna need to charge more $$ to cover unexpected cost (equip failure n replace)

    To start at such a low rate is one thing .... but come next spring get it up to a cost of living n don't think "I'll lose all my customers" ..... NOT true those customers whom insist on such a low rate are scum .... they'll drop someone in a heart beat for a cheap price

    The GOOD customer realizes the quality of dependable work n will pay more fore it .... the rate needs to be realistic true .....but not that just above what a kid with a push mower charges

    oh Ya ..... Welcome to the site .... n best of luck .... hang in there .... do good work .... do what you say n say what you do .... the customers will come too you thru word of mouth
     
  3. Lawn Guy,
    $12 seems way to low. How long does it take you? In south Fl that lawn would be a MINIMUM of $20. And thats with hardly any edging and not much weedeating. Do yourself a favor and raise your price,your in this to make money not do charity work.
     
  4. chambers 38

    chambers 38 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 104

    30$$ and up for good cuts here
     
  5. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,381

    I'm in Citrus County about 40 miles north of you. In Port Richie you should be able to get $20 for a 60X100 lot. I don't think $12 would even cover costs on most lawns. The rates down here are low, but I think you can get more. Most of the lawns I do here in Citrus are 100X120 ( 1/4 acre ) and I charge $22-$25 depending on the trimming and edging involved. Most of the legitmate LCO's in this area are priced about the same as me. There are a lot of illegal grass cutters around that are charging as little as $10 for a mow and blow and these are the people that are keeping the pricing down.
     
  6. lawn guy

    lawn guy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 71

    I admit $12 seams low to me but in my area we have nothing but old peaple I dont think they will pay much more than that. I mow by myself and mow about 2-3 lawns an hour. I would like to charge more but the competition here is tough. I recently stoped at a lawn that looked like it needed cutting and tried to make a sale, I told the man $12 and he said his guy charges $10 and that he was comming that day to cut the lawn. Am I missing something? By the way This is my first season but I have 2001 dodge truck and a new trailer so its not because im showing up like Im desperate for money or That I would'nt do a good job but When I pitch $15 I dont get the sale.
     
  7. KINGjosh

    KINGjosh LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 531

    It doesn't matter what you show up in, because the end result of your job will tell it all. As for $12 a cut, that is pretty cheap, Down here in fort lauderdale you got all your cubanos that cut 1 grass an hour for $10 that size and that is better than they ever dreamed of making in thier country. they really do bring the market down. As for that size lawn, that is a garanteed $20 no matter what!
     
  8. lampeslawnservice

    lampeslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 323

    This sounds like you have been invaded by the kid down the street. $12 did that cover your gas, string line, and insurance. I always like these old people that say the guy who used to do it charged $10. I always ask why did he quit. Most will respond with "well, he got another job." Well, I don't plan on getting another job
     
  9. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    Geezers got cash. geezers without cash can get joe scrub to mow and next week can get a different scrub and next week.... you get the idea.

    If you can mow tons of properties +150 and do none of the work personally, then you MIGHT be able to compete on price. Otherwise, set a standard and live up to it, then charge accordingly.

    Listen to Fantasy, he has a strong business and knows what is going on.

    Better yet, sit down with an accountant and spend the $200 to find out how to figure out your expenses so you can figure out what you need to charge.

    Just mow it has +2000 lawns and he charges $20+.
     
  10. lawn guy

    lawn guy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 71

    Well another problem I will be faced with is hiring a helper. With profit margins so thin how can I pay anyone? I think starting now I am going to raise my prices on all new accounts and see how it goes but I am living in the land of scrubs here. The area is saturated with lawn care people. If I don't close enough sales i'm not sure what my solution will be. maybe try a different area where the scrub percentage is lower?
     

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