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How much should i charge before i under bid again

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Ransomes, Jul 22, 2006.

  1. Ransomes

    Ransomes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    this is the outside of the nightclub where i work at on the weekends, i know if i ask the owner if i can trim these bushes he will allow me to but waht would be a fair price ? and also ive never trim a tree or anything but it looks so simple is there anything i should know before i get myself in trouble.....what would you guys charge for this trimming job
  2. Ransomes

    Ransomes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    sorry here are the pics




  3. jwscroll

    jwscroll LawnSite Member
    Posts: 36

    Use the bricks behind the hedge as a measuring stick, pick a line and cut the hedge to that line and the top should look straight. Trim a little at a time, you can't glue it back once you've cut it. Do a good cleanup, most leaves turn bright brown or orange and look really ugly if left in the bed.
    As far as a charge, your on your own, I'd say give him an hourly rate.
  4. Ransomes

    Ransomes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    Thanks , im guessing it would take me an hour but like the jungle i just cut for a 100 dollars i dont want to under bid .... i was thinkin 60 bucks is that too much or too little?
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    No offense but so long that you're doing the asking, you are more likely to find yourself grabbing the short end of the stick.
    Once you turn this situation around to where it is the customers who ask, you will have an easier time hitting the nail on the head.
    Because by you doing the asking, you are giving them the upper hand by placing yourself under them in the hierarchy (meaning you are not top dog but they are)... Another way to say it is, you are begging for them to take advantage of you.
  6. Mrk'sLawn

    Mrk'sLawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    I would get about $90.00 to 110.00 where I'm located. Take about an hour or thereabout..
  7. Patrick.B

    Patrick.B LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 251

    from the look of the pic ,,,would prob take you couple hrs ,,,,im sure you will have to haul all the clean up after you done so i would charge around 100 to 150 buck Just to be on safe side,.,,,,dont look much but little job like this will take you few hrs,.,,good luck!!
  8. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,758

    In my area you would be expected to do that for around 25 bucks or less:laugh: I would not touch it for less than 90, would bid around 110 to be on the safe side. I dont care if never trim another shrub but if I do its going to be worthwhile or I aint touching it! Dont cut yourself short, shrubs are hard work.
  9. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,925

    Boy did you say it. I always try to hint but never ask to do a job. Make it think that it was their idea and you can make what it is worth. If it is your idea you aren't going to make crap.
  10. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 798

    Yes, do not forget. The trimming may not take that long, but you need to factor in the cleaning up and the hauling away. I always add an hour when having to go to the landfil.

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