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How much do you charge to cut an acre

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by hokis, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. hokis

    hokis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    What do some of you guys charge to cut a 1/3 acre, 1/4 acre, 1/2 acre, and an acre all with light to medium trimming. I am in the richer part of maryland (baltimore) I can do most of the 1/4 acre lots with a 48" walk behind and be done in 30 min and charge 25-30 bucks. However im not sure how to charge for the acre lots... does $70 sound fair?
     
  2. GOATMAN GEORGE

    GOATMAN GEORGE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    You need to figure out your operating costs. Then add profit and come up with your #.

    + use the search function, there a a bunch of these posts. Just because Joe charges $30.00 doesn't mean you should.
     
  3. hokis

    hokis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    so the best way to figure out cost would just be add up what every thing cost (on my side) then figure out how much and hour I want?
     
  4. LBOperator

    LBOperator LawnSite Member
    Posts: 209

    Ad up your costs then determine how much you would like to make on that yard, while trying to stay competitive. Guys around here charge 75-100 for an acre depending on trimming. If you can mow it for 70 and still make a profit then your gtg. Always make a profit or just don't mow it.
     
  5. GOATMAN GEORGE

    GOATMAN GEORGE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    Yes, add up all costs (include labor as a cost) then you can divide it into an hourly rate and come up with your cost per hour.

    It is a good idea to have knowledge of your local market pricing to make sure you are competitive, but like I said before, just because Joe bid a lawn for $25.00 doesn't mean you should match his price.
     
  6. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984

    Quarter acre $30-35 + sales tax.

    Half $40, three quarter $50, One acre $60 + sales tax.
     
  7. GOATMAN GEORGE

    GOATMAN GEORGE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    Those prices are very, very low IMO.
     
  8. Green Clean

    Green Clean LawnSite Member
    Posts: 77

    Ah the eternal question. One I have been looking for the answer to for a bit now. It seems that the $1 a minute formula might work out well, but research the area first.
     
  9. hokis

    hokis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    Quarter acre $30-35 + sales tax.

    Half $40, three quarter $50, One acre $60 + sales tax.


    So would I be in the ball park to say

    1/4 - 30-40
    1/2 - 45-55
    3/4 - 55-65
    1 acre - 70-90

    all involving light to medium trimming?
     
  10. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,517

    I would work out your numbers and let that dictate your price. Your area is your area so I wouldn't put much stock in what others are charging. An hourly figure should point ya right at what your price will be.

    Best thing I did was quit worrying about what everyone else was charging and focused on my operation. Good luck.
     

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