Help me price my first yard!

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

  1. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What price do you have in mind. I could do that yard in about 30-45mins easy.
     
  2. ncpete

    ncpete LawnSite Senior Member
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    Rowdy, we are trying to give you tools you can use to further develop your own business, as well as some of the logic we use to determining how we charge what we do.
     
  3. rowdyz92

    rowdyz92 LawnSite Member
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    I was thinking at least 75$ but im a one man operation so it will take longer
     
  4. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Mowing 7 days, 10 days or 2 weeks?
     
  5. MasScape

    MasScape LawnSite Senior Member
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    this is very important... In the Spring, Bi-weekly are a nightmare and have to be double cut at least. I usually with bi-weekly think of my weekly price than go add 1/2 of that on top. That is just a generalization and somewhat standard in my area.

    Also I saw your comment on really wanting it.... Just keep in mind, DO NOT bid so you just win... I have walked away completely from landscape projects and maintenance purely because if I am not going to make money then I do not want to do it. I rather someone else run themselves into the ground and work for free then do it myself. Plus I have been under bid many times and sometimes they still go with me or they go with the low bid. If they go with the low bid, the guy will either does a bad job so they can make money or quit when they realize they screwed up. Then the client calls me back for my price ha. I just picked up a client due to the landscaper that under bid quit mid season realizing the error.
     
  6. MasScape

    MasScape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Also, keep in mind... prices you get on here are not always right for you, your area, and etc. The price can come from a great company on the other side of the country... As a new guy on the block, you REALLY need to find how much it costs you to do the job time / materials, then decide how much you want to make...

    Cost of mowing:
    - gas for equipment
    - gas / diesel to get to the job
    - time to go to job and do the job
    - wear and tear on equipment so you have the cash to replace when it does wear out (I have a saving account where a percentage of sales goes into for this purpose solely)
    - wear and tear on truck
    - Overhead such as cellphone bill, rent of shop/office, equipment/truck payment, insurance, and etc.

    All this takes time to figure out... but someone that sits down and thinks about this from the beginning and looks at it on a regular basis for changes is the success company. I hope this helps, this is just a nipping the bud on the subject. But this costs are different for every company so that is a big reason why prices you get on here should be thought about and considered but can't be completely trusted.
     
  7. rowdyz92

    rowdyz92 LawnSite Member
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    Just called and quoted the home owner 75$ and she laughed and said she only pays $50 now so i replied "Great thanks have a nice day! " there is no wat id touch it for under $70
     
  8. ncpete

    ncpete LawnSite Senior Member
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    when I plugged my numbers into the gopher forum calculator, I came up with a $60 estimate, and you have a bigger primary mower than I calculated for.


    Good luck with other bids!
     
  9. rowdyz92

    rowdyz92 LawnSite Member
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    There is a .4 acre lot right down the road i charge $65 for so there is no way id charge 5$ less to cut a 1.4 acre lot
     
  10. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris LawnSite Senior Member
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    First thing first!!#@#@#@!!!

    What mower do you plan on using? Deck size and all!!
     

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