hurricane Irene clean up

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by grassmasterswilson, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,597

    So we made it through the hurricane. Winds stayed pretty strong all day. Lots of limbs, pine cones, leaves and other debris down. Seen some good size trees down also. Might have gotten 6-7 inches of rain in the last 18 hours.

    What do you guys charge for cleanup? Mainly raking, chain sawing limbs, etc. I'm assuming that debris can be placed at the curb for city pick up(that's usually the case). I don't do any tree work unless its small and on the ground.
     
  2. olebrooklawn

    olebrooklawn LawnSite Member
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    Must people have insurance. I would charge 100.00 an hour. A min of 2 hours.
     
  3. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,597

    I'm not sure that leaves, sticks, pine cones, etc down in the yard is covered on home owners. Maybe if there was property damage, but more than likely that would be a job too big for me. I'm not a tree guy.
     
  4. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    Depends on the area that needs attention. It varies too much to say what I'd charge until I see it.

    How could you charge 100hr with a 2hr minimum when all that might be needed is a 2-3in branch cut up and thrown away that only takes 20 minutes to clean up? So you'd charge $10 a minute? You can't price stuff that way on every job.
     
  5. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    Shoot all we got were some funky lookin clouds not even any rain which we need badly.
     
  6. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    I would consider that price gouging, and it's against the law!
     
  7. Greyst1

    Greyst1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 897

    You clearly don't know what pricing gouging is..... $100/per hr = price gouging, what does your local Dr. get, min wage????

    To the OP, I would quote by the job as i always do, keeping in mind if insurance is involved be in line with their pricing expectations (we all know what that means).

    I would be interested to know the scope of some of these jobs. Post osme pics and stories. Natural disasters are a horrible things to have happen, part of our life none the less but i always love hearing stories about we can rebuild....ya know.
     
  8. capetrees

    capetrees LawnSite Member
    from ma
    Posts: 217

    What are you regular rates? In emergency times, some people will pay a little more to get you there to clean up the mess. After hours rates are always a bit higher also and Sundays, etc. Emergency issues would pose a similar rate hike. $100/hr for raking and general labor? I wouldn't get that where I am. $60 yes but not $100.
     
  9. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,713

    Lotsa rain = Lotsa mowin- Have fun!
     
  10. Km81

    Km81 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 62

    I charge $160/hr (twice normal rate) for myself and my partner when we are climbing trees that have been broken off, or otherwise structurally compromised. Whether it be for disaster cleanup or just a tree that is in really bad shape. Climbing trees that have structural issues is a huge risk for Arborists, and they have to be compensated properly.

    For ground crews I charge normal rate ($48/hr)
     

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