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How do you price your Aerating

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Snyder's Lawn Inc, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    Well Im bored and this pop in my head

    How do price your plugging I want see how others compare to my pricing
    I have a flat rate + so much per 1k over 6k
    Sample Flat rate 60 6k and under and anything over is $10 for each 1k extra
    On acres jobs I'll price it flat rate $100 per acre up to 3 acres and anything more rate will drop to 75 per acre I can do a acre in a hour

    These rates isnt realy mine I dont want give your prices out
    I like know your steps how you come up with a price
     
  2. appalachianoutdoors

    appalachianoutdoors LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 354

    Seems to work out well if you have a base rate of $60-75 up to 20K (unless it is a regular customer with a 15-18K yard, then maybe $50 for them), then $3 for every K over that. Example:
    Base rate $60-75 up to 20k
    $100 for 20-30K
    $150 for 31-40K
    $175 for 41-50K
    $200 for 51-60K
    This seems to work well with me. I don't mind giving out a price for this. If someone were to rent an aerator, they will spend at least $75, plus have to transport and work it, so I think that my pricing is very fair and I have the same equipment as someone can rent. :usflag:
     
  3. organiclawncanada

    organiclawncanada LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94

    The market is very competitive here. We have a few companies that go door to door and that is all they do in the spring and summer. I usually charge $10/1K of property size on subdivision lots. So if you have a 30x100 lot it is $30 regardless of the amount of grass, etc.
     
  4. appalachianoutdoors

    appalachianoutdoors LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 354

    Saw a mistake I made, meant to put:
    Base rate of $60-75 up to 20K
    $100 for 20-30K
    $125 for 30-40K
    $150 for 40-50K
    $175 for 50-60K
    ..and I pull my information from Google Earth and city/county maps and can show this information to the customers if they would like to know how I calculate the area.
     
  5. Ducke

    Ducke LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 353

    99% of my lawns are 4500 to 5500 and I charge $45.00 and up per aeration.
     
  6. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    I charge 1 dollar a sf foot but that is not my real prices :rolleyes:

    Our soils are hard down here so the rates are higher. I think 2 to 3 times what you charge to mow is fair.

    We also mark off the sprinklers and add a pre-emergent.
     
  7. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 809

    The prices listed so far are complete insanity.

    Maybe it is cheaper in the south or something, but there is no way in hell I could charge that and stay in business.
     
  8. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    Care to say a ratio compared to mowing the same yard?
     
  9. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 809

    My minimum for a tiny lawn is $30. A few I do are under 3k.

    Just aeration....2.5 times.

    Aeration/dethatching/overseeding......5 times.

    Although I don't price this way.

    That is with overlapping passes though and tons of plugs all over the place, and top quality seed.

    And I own all my equipment, no rental costs.
     
  10. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    That does follow what I said, 2 or 3 times the cost to mowjust for aeration.
     

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