is this ethical?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ince8728, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. ince8728

    ince8728 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 249

    OK so i know that this has been a subject a few times this year but... I charge $60 an hr for leaves, should I charge for an hr even if it takes less than an hr, like a 1hr minimum. Also, if it is me and 3 other guys should I charge the same if I only have 2 other workers (along with me)?

    - Matt
  2. ztoro

    ztoro LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 732

    an hr minimum is exceptable.

    I charge 40-50 per person per hour......
  3. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,563

    always charge a minimum one hour charge. that will cover your drive time there.

    most plummers, electricians, have a $65.00 for the first half hour then $65.00/hr thereafter. (numbers are arbitrary).

    always round up.
    you'll eat enough of your time in other ways.
  4. richard coffman

    richard coffman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 341

    i charge $60.00 an hour for landscape maintenance, but i figure out how much the total job cost will be and give them the final quote. it's up to me to make sure i have the job done within that time or sooner. smart planning will have you come out ahead. now if i go to a lawn and can't mow it due to gate locked, or dog out, and customer isn't home, i charge a $10.00 show up fee, and then will have it rescheduled the next free time i have, but have it confirmed with the customer first. Now if i have 2 weeks of growth on a lawn, it'll take me more time to complete the job and so I'll charge what it would cost the customer 2 weeks of mowing for that cut. i make it where customers don't walk all over my company. just need to keep boundry's up.


    Richard/Owner :D :D :D
  5. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    When I go to the mechanic he will usually charge at least one hour or will bill you in a quarter hour increment. Let's say all you need is a headlight bulb replaced and it takes him 5 min. he would charge you a quarter hour labor. Most service industry people seem to charge at least a half hour for most work under an hour. I think you're justified in doing that.
  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    I charge $60 an hour with a 1 hour minimum. Next year those rates will go to $70 with a $70 minimum and a $10 dump fee on top of that. I can do about 8-10 lawns before dumping. Dump fee is only $25, but I have to bill the time it take to do that....which happens to be around another I think it is fair.
  7. nitrotim

    nitrotim LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 525

    I have a WOLF Commercial Range Oven in my house and I needed one of the igniters fixed on the gridle part. Only WOLF certified technicians can work on them and they charge Min. 85 service charge weather they fix it or not.
  8. mowboy1

    mowboy1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    In my experience I think an hour minimum charge is fair. However, the rate should vary with the number of people on your crew.

    The best system is to quote results and not time, as the post from richard coffman noted. Give them a price for the completed job. Your customers will not be watching the clock plus there is incentive for you to work more efficiently and get the job done faster (without cutting corners though!).

    Have you tried this system? If not, give it a try... it's very effective.

    All the best!
  9. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    yup, charge the minimum, even if it only takes you 10 mins
  10. ince8728

    ince8728 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 249

    yea, what i will prob do 4 nxt year is I will charge a $30 base rate & $10 an hr for each additional man/hr.

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