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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    That's what I said.:)
     
  2. rowdyz92

    rowdyz92 LawnSite Member
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    the math just doesnt add up people charge $45 around here for a .15 acre lot and to only charge $60 for 1.4 acres seems low to me but what do i know im new. It doesnt matter anyway i got underbid because the person doing it currently only charges 50$ so to each his own some guys dont mind making minimum wage i guess
     
  3. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds like the guy that charges $50 might know his numbers
     
  4. rowdyz92

    rowdyz92 LawnSite Member
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    for $50 he can have it! I will sell my equipment and flip burgers at mcdonalds before i cut and 1.5 acres for that price lol
     
  5. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris LawnSite Senior Member
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    Lol I will not touch an acre for less than $80
     
  6. Holland

    Holland LawnSite Senior Member
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    $50. Hehe. That's a $70-$80 yard IMHO. You having to mow, edge, trim and blow?
     
  7. rowdyz92

    rowdyz92 LawnSite Member
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    YEP! I have no idea how the person who is doing it now affords to do it for $50, maybe there equipment is much much older and they have no payments, maybe there not paying any taxes on their income and probably not paying for business insurance either.
    What makes me really mad is the woman acted all snobby and said that I needed to adjust my prices to stay competitive, so i just said "thanks goodbye". People have no idea the overhead it takes to do this type of work!
     
  8. Holland

    Holland LawnSite Senior Member
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    Wow she actually ran her mouth saying how you need to lower your prices to stay competitive? What an a$$. Man some folks just have no class.
     
  9. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris LawnSite Senior Member
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    That reminds me of a customer that I once had. He is a car salesman and in the winter asked if I would like to start cutting his yard. So I said yeah I can and well he said the cut that was cutting it started to leave burn marks in the yard and he told me it was be ause of the mower blades. Which seemed pretty strange to me but anyways I said ok and he said that the old guy was doing it for $25 and also did my hedges once a month and I kid you not the first thing that went through my mind was how the heck can he afford to cut a corner lot for that much. Well I agreed with him and took it on and was thinking how hard could this be. Well I'm not one to run off and just stop cutting it completely you know. I told him I would do it so I always stick to my word. Then one day he called me and said, " let me ask you something and I said ok and he said do you think I'm asking to much of you and I said well yeah I mean you want me to cut your yard weekly and do the hedges once a month and Ihave no problem doing that for the rest of the season bbecause I told you I would. And he said well how much would you normally charge and I said well it's a corner lot and that's normally $50. And he said man I cant afford tjat and I said well man im sorry *best feeling I ever had when I said that* and he said well I think im going to just buy a riding mower and do it myself. I said ok that's fine and was thinking how could he get a riding mower through his 38inch gate. So a day went by and I got another call from him and he said that her got 3 people to give him quotes and I said ok. Then he began to said 2 guys were $40 and one was $45 and I just said ok. Long story short learn from this lesson that there are moochers out there like Scott. Sorry for long post/venting KCCO
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013
  10. bwanderson79

    bwanderson79 LawnSite Member
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    Pricing yards like that is difficult, especially as a solo operator. I would advise you to stay away from that size no matter the price. Once your business grows and you have over 20 customers and they all want their yard cut just before the weekend, then that will be the lawn you despise going to every week, even if it is reasonably priced. Its absolutely draining to mow a property like that by your self, especially if you're using a walkbehind like me. Wait until you have enough yards that you have to hire someone to help you before starting on lawns that size.

    The other thing is location. If that were TX, I could easily believe that someone cuts that lawn for $50 or even less. You may heard about our immigration problem and there are some people willing to do work for far less than others and in some cases they even do a great job. Hard to compete with that....
     

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