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Lawn for$50

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by landscapetastic, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. landscapetastic

    landscapetastic LawnSite Member
    from ny
    Posts: 41

    Am I ripping my self off by charging a customer $50 for 0.77 acres of property the yard is nice and flat.
  2. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,517

    Maybe , Maybe not
  3. Dave does lawns

    Dave does lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 260

    How quickly can you mow this?
    I would charge $50-$200 depending on variables and how bad I wanted the mow. I have on property simular in size, however of about 4500SQ.FT. of it is lawn. Because it much be 21in push mowed, I charge $52.
  4. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,652

    Your kidding right? You mow one acre of turf with a 21" for 52?
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  5. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984

    I see nothing wrong with doing a 1 acre lawn with a 21". The customer can't be penalized because the LCO is taking extra time because he does not have a 48"-60" mower.

    When you have more hours open then work you take on the jobs as long as they bring money in.
  6. Dean of Green

    Dean of Green LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 254

    He said it is 4500 square feet of lawn. Certainly not anywhere near an acre.
    One acre is 43,560 sq ft.
  7. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984

    How long does it take you?

    What size mower?

    How much edging, trimming, blowing?

    I have a customer where there is more driveway then lawn. Takes more time to blow drive clean then to mow.

    What is your minimum rate for minimum size plot?

    I get $35 for 1/4 acre $70 1/2 acre.

    So I ask you do you get $16.67 for a 1/4 acre, $33.34 for a 1/2 acre, $66.68 for 1 acre?

    Then you should be charging $50 for 3/4 acre.

    How did you price this job to be $50?

    How do you price your other jobs?

    I hope Mr .77acre did not use I only paid my last guy $50's so that's all I'm going to pay you.

    This spring as I was putting out flyer's and a homeowner say's I have a guy but how much would you charge. I said I have a $35 minimum as I was about to get out of my car to give a quote he said my guy does it for $25. I smiled said I would lose money at that price and drove on. I went a few houses down the street and I met a man I know from my church.

    He had been retired the last two years and went back to doing his own lawn work. When I spotted him he was doing his edging, and the three closet houses to him had this one LCO with a large crew knocking out those lawns.

    I stopped said surprised to see you live here. Can you take some of my flyer's and help me network some customers. He said sure. He pointed out that that very LCO next door use to do his property two years ago. So I asked him how much did the LCO charge, he answered $35 for his 1/4 acre.

    So that just proved that the $25 quote was just a lie to get me to say I'll do it for $20. Not all LCO's are crooks, sometimes it's the homeowners.
  8. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,717

    The price sounds fair, but what are you up against with the property? Do you have any pics?
  9. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,652

    I was doing that on my cell, and apparently the edit didnt go through. I thought it said 45000sf, I tried to correct it but it did not go through. My bad
  10. Dave does lawns

    Dave does lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 260

    LOL I will mow 2 acres for $53:laugh:

    I disagree, If all I have is a 21in, then you better believe I will ask you for what its worth to cut your lawn.

    I do not believe the OP said anything about a 21in, It was me that said my customer requires me to use a 21in, and yes the property in 1 acre but only 4500 SQ.FT. of lawn.

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