Hourly rate for clean-ups?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by copicut, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. copicut

    copicut LawnSite Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 9

    Anybody out there think that 125dol an hour for 3 laborers on fall clean-ups way too cheap? thanks:
     
  2. santafe

    santafe LawnSite Member
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    It is in the range, but as has been said over and over you have to figure what an hour is costing you and what you want for a mark up.
     
  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    Depends on what equipment they're using and how efficient they are. Is it 3 guys with rakes and a tarp and a pickup truck or blowers, leaf loader and mower with vacuum bagger?
     
  4. copicut

    copicut LawnSite Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 9

    isuzu npr w/ 18hp billy goat debris loader
    3 redmax bp blowers 8050
    1 exmark z with bagger collection system

    .....thanks
     
  5. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538

    with your equipment thats too cheap! You should be getting a minimum of $200hr plus haul off. If your telling clients your charging by the hour and your getting complaints thats why. Charge by the job. Estimate your time and give them a price.
     
  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, I'd say too cheap by at least $50/hr.
     
  7. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    you must know theirs alot of risk to this
     
  8. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,113

    WAYYYYY TOO CHEAP....I would be at $225/hr which would include disposal
     
  9. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    I don't know if you are too cheap or not. Way too many unknows about your business to even guess. I know you are trying to get some help here but I am helping you by not giving you a rate. You have to figure it out for yourself. Not that I don't like all the guys that answered you but how can you compare your business to theirs.
    If you want to maximize your profit and cover your expenses then take a business class over the winter. You can use the above estimates as a guide but only you know what you need to do to cover your costs and turn a profit. Good Luck.
     
  10. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,487

    I'd go for $175/hr with that setup. But you should have a walk-behind blower if you are doing large properties.
     

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