How much do you charge to cut an acre

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

  1. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It doesn't matter what I charge. If you have a 2,3,4 or 5 man crew, my pricing wont work for you. I do like the $1 a minute rule. 32vld seems right to me.

    But I guess if you had employee's you'd have your pricing figured out.
     
  2. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    About $75 is what we'll charge.
     
  3. Vanderhoff Landscaping

    Vanderhoff Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Do you have or plan to have employees? I would factor that in too. I would personally do the dollar per minute thing. Be fair to yourself!
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  4. johnsonslawnmanagement

    johnsonslawnmanagement LawnSite Senior Member
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    Now this all depends on the level of services you provide: for the high end market I service, we charge $2 per minute. Granted we do exclusively maintenance contracts only and no "mow and go" accounts anymore. But you don't want to carve out your niche as being the "cheap lawn guy." If you are providing a quality service, you should receive a good wage for it
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  5. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    So what are your prices?

    All I know is that I was never getting the above half acre property's last year. So i had to adjust my pricing.

    It has improved my success.
     
  6. Fubba

    Fubba LawnSite Senior Member
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    Easiest thing to do is figure up how much you want to charge per hour based on costs per hour. Going by the acre is never a good idea unless you're bush hogging or mowing a field which is still based on hourly costs. We're at $75 an hour here with a $35 minimum for two guys.
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  7. cgrant711

    cgrant711 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thank you, I started reading that and thought Damn. Just for me to edge and weedeat a half acre takes 30 minutes. Ofcourse it's not just square lots. Any of my yards above quarter acre are $35 and up, but there's a lot of trimming involved and a zeroturn would only work on one. I could see those prices working for a empty square lot with no house and a 61" zero turn but add a house and sidewalk and your grossing less than $30 per hour. When cost are at least $15-$20 per man hour, you might as well go work for someone else.
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  8. Green Touch NC

    Green Touch NC LawnSite Member
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    minimum stop fee is $40. doesn't matter if its 3000 sqft. but basically as good as mowers are and as efficient as they are these days you can cut 3 acres in about an hour on average 60" mower do you want to only make $60 an hour mowing?? when other people are charging $75 per acre for the first acre... no! if you work fast and know what youre doing but at the same time do a great job you should be able to mow trim and blow off a 1 acre lot solo in about 50 minutes. and for that id charge min. $65 depending on the obstables to trim around and if theres any hills slowing you down mowing etc.

    1/4 (11k) $42.50
    1/2 (22k) $50
    3/4 (33k) $60
    1 acre - $70

    these are all flat and easy access

    if I have a multiple acre property say 4 acres I cut a little break because usually not as much trimming involved. 4 acres would be about $235
     
  9. cgrant711

    cgrant711 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah, I see what your saying. I was mainly thinking of my lawns. Those prices wouldn't work for me at all, but for someone else they could be golden. i guess the only way to really price a property accurately is how long will it take you be how much do you charge. I like to get $40-75 per man hour on lawns. Huge gap, I know. I shoot for $75 when I'm doing multiple small homes right next to each other and I get at least $40 when I'm doing larger homes that are spread out. my setup is mainly for smaller homes, and that take under 25 minutes solo.
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  10. Green Touch NC

    Green Touch NC LawnSite Member
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    It doesnt matter how many peoplw you have or what equipment you have. A $50 lawn is a $50 lawn no matter who does it! I charge average $1.25 per minute for mowing man and $1 per min trimmer man etc. That give a ball park pricing on the average lawn. 15k 20k sqft
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