Help me price my first yard!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by rowdyz92, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. rowdyz92

    rowdyz92 LawnSite Member
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    So this is my first yard I have had to price since starting my lawn care business the other 3 yards i have done were just yards I took over from other people and charged the same as the other guy, so this is the first one I actually have to price out and its an account I really want. I checked the property size with google acreage, and it comes out to 1.4 acres the best i can tell. In the aerial shot its the one that looks like a dirt yard( this is an old photo from when the house was new over a year ago) Thanks for the help and suggestions!

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  2. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Since you're kinda new at it just compare it to your other properties and adjust accordingly.
     
  3. Mowin4Dollas

    Mowin4Dollas LawnSite Member
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    Figure out what you want to put in your pocket at the end of the day. (Make it reasonable and ethical) Figure out fuel, insurance, marketing, etc. and figure out your time. If you can mow an acre an hour. (hopefully a little more than that) and price that puppy. No one can give you a price because no on knows your market like you do!
     
  4. ncpete

    ncpete LawnSite Senior Member
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    You can use the tools on the gopherforum as a starting point for your estimates, and then adjust to your particulars:

    http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=7898

    There are several available there, the first two are the important ones for you.
     
  5. rowdyz92

    rowdyz92 LawnSite Member
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    im thinking $75 per cut. What do you all think about that too low or about right?
     
  6. Eric's Lawnservice

    Eric's Lawnservice LawnSite Member
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    Buy a wheel and physically measure the turf. This way you know first hand what obstacles you have to contend with. Also it gives you a number you can present to you prospective customer along with the estimate. Also you get a chance to measure any mulch beds or get a good look at any shrubs to trim. This way you already have the numbers on two good up-sells.
     
  7. rowdyz92

    rowdyz92 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the comments but id appreciate if someone would tell me what they would charge that would give me a starting point thanks!
     
  8. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Looks like mostly mowing, and some trimming along the drive. I would go $60.
     
  9. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Also, depends on what size mower you going to use. The price I stated is with my equipment, a 52" and a 48" running at the same time.
     
  10. rowdyz92

    rowdyz92 LawnSite Member
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    Wow 60$ for 1.4 acres im way off, by the way i have 1 52 inch
     

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