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Great article for Pricing. See where you are?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by J Hisch, Jan 21, 2006.

  1. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 952

    Check out this article at www.walkermowers.com (Walker Talk) Vol. 21 entitled "The Price Is Right" post responses here.
  2. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,454

    Hey, thanks for the link. Lots of good stuff in there. . .
  3. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    My take is that some people want to be "respected" so the numbers are artificially inflated. Do you really beleive some people are making $150.00, and if you do, is this time on a property or time started to time finished with all drive and stop time included?

    $150 hour for a solo in a northern area (best money area in theory)

    $150x50 hours a week=$7500x30weeks=$225,000

    Snowplowing say 5 hours per week for 8 weeks, 40 hours total for the season (im in florida so this is a guess). 40 hours x$450 (snow pays about 3 times as much as lawns so we hear)= $18,000
    Total gross pay for solo $243,000

    Yes sure I beleive it, who wouldnt?
  4. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    I thought the highest hourly rate was $100.
  5. green acres lawns

    green acres lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 362

    These numbers are four years old, and the average is closer to 42.00 dollars
  6. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    No for commercial and Municipal (who take the lowest bid for the most part) it was $150 max. Point is, do you ever see a thread about "how did I do pricing" or something to that effect? Does anyone ever, ever say, oh no thats way too high? No, everyone wants to talk big on the internet, but when you put the numbers together it doesnt add up.

    You will have a guy saying we make this, we make that. December comes and hes asking for ideas for a winter job??????????? ok.
  7. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    Right on Lawnman Scot.....I agree with you that it is likely that many people who boast here and say they are getting higher fees, are to be taken with a grain of salt.
  8. mmacsek

    mmacsek LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 543

    Lawnman Scott, Excellent point. The main reason I don't post much is I do everything wrong according to alot of stuff I read. My rate is lower than what gets posted here but I am competitive in my area. I don't have a "winter job" and this is our only income. I feel looking at the big picture we're doing okay. This response is not stereotyping LS because I do respect alot of members. I live in the NE and those numbers are not in my area. Have a great day!! Matt
  9. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    I had to read that article twice....the first time I thought I was misreading it given the low gross revenue of 40-something per hour for commercial(adjusted for inflation up thru 2005). Thats a rather pathetic average hourly rate given what other blue collar trades are billing at. I was frankly shocked when I read it. Anyone else surprised at how low the rates were in this article? Maybe I am not understanding the numbers here.
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Yes. If that is what I billed, I would be out of business very quickly.

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