Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gwoods, Aug 2, 2002.

  1. gwoods

    gwoods LawnSite Member
    from Kansas
    Posts: 30

    what formula do you guys use for prices on square footage?:blob2:
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Depends, what are you pricing?

  3. gwoods

    gwoods LawnSite Member
    from Kansas
    Posts: 30

  4. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,405

    .003 x sq.ft for mowing (includes trimming around house)

    .035 x ft for edging

    .25 per obstacle after 5
  5. parkmaster

    parkmaster LawnSite Member
    Posts: 68


    greenman is on the right track

    i think you need to up your sq.ft. rate to .005 - .006 a sq.ft.
    i get $25 to $30 for a 5,000 sq.ft. lawn includes trimming blowing.
    the .003 X 5,000 = $15.00 can't make no $$$ at that rate :eek:
    drop the obstacle charge you'll make it up with the higher sq.ft. rate

    edging rate ok

    reading in the prices thread randyj's difficulty multiplier of 1.0 to 1.5 just wonding if the difficulty factor goes higher than 1.5

    just my .02

    you plant it, I,ll maintain it
  6. hoagie

    hoagie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    I've been using this for my area w/ good results, sometimes I even come in a little low. Minimum is $45, no exceptions. Everything is over 10k.

    2.75 per thousand (turf only!), rounded to nearest multiple of 5, for everthing... mow (bagged/removed), trim, edge, blow. PITA factor of between .25 and .75. Possible discount for large areas that dont require bagging.

    Average 25ksq/ft lawn = usually about $75.

    My best money maker is a 67k w/ half bagged for $200. Takes me alone around 2hr to make it immaculate... 3 in spring :eek:
  7. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,405

    I forgot to say that I have a minimum of $25. If I think it is more than my minimum that's when I measure. Ex. 10000sq.ft property with minmal trimming,edging(couple tress, fenced back yard, smalldriveway, etc) is around $35 or $40.
  8. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,405

    I have recently brought it to .0035 per sq. ft. w/ no obstacle charge or edging charge if it is minimal. Alot of trimming or edging gets the difficulty factor. I think it works better for me. I think parkmaster was right to suggest that.:)
  9. hoagie

    hoagie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    Am I missing something or are you guys getting $87.50 for a 25k, or $125 at the .005 end of the scale?! :eek: :eek: :eek:

    Is this for entire lot measurements? Including house? Holy cow, I thought I was in the high range. :confused: And I BAG everything.
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    If that's the case, anyone using these formulas wouldn't be in business around here. No way. Around here, a 1/2 acre lot (standard subdivision) lgoes for 30 to 45 per cut. 45 being the high end, with competition. Also, there ARE exeptions, and some lots may go for as low as 25 per cut for seniors. When you go bigger in lots, then the cost increases respectively.

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