leaves pricing

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by juicygrass, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. juicygrass

    juicygrass LawnSite Member
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    If one guy does a leaf cleanup,using backpack,rake,and canvas style and it takes 1hr 30 min what would be a fair price?The leaves can be walked into the woods.
     
  2. verant

    verant LawnSite Senior Member
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    Are you blowing most of it?? or primarily raking and tarp? I would charge $75.00, but that's me and my area.....
     
  3. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
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    $150 to $200.

    Some companies in my area have a $300 minimum for fall cleanup.
     
  4. RickR1818

    RickR1818 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Dont forget time to drive to/from and dump pricing
     
  5. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    i would charge by the hour. $75 seems fair
     
  6. wteeter

    wteeter LawnSite Member
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    what's the best leaf vacuum equipment out there?
     
  7. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    $100 to $150 does not seem out of line for an hour and a half of leaf work. $75 is probably not even worth the hassle unless you are in a very competitive market.
     
  8. SchaffLandscaping

    SchaffLandscaping LawnSite Member
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    Yeah big question there is are you raking mostly or just blowing it into a pile, tarping it and dumping in the woods. If thats the case I think 100-150 is pretty good. Pricing is tricky sometimes. I just had a person call me up and wanted a fall cleanup estimate and the yard was really big with massive old trees. It will be a mess soon. I didn't know if I should hit her with a flat rate per cleanup or do an hourly deal. Where I live most of my cleanups each avg 150-250. This one could be like 400 or something per cleanup. I think the hourly might scare them away. What do some of you guys charge per hour if you bill that way for cleanups?
     
  9. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    You nailed it right on the head of what I would charge. In my area prices can't get very high.
     
  10. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,501

    I often give a customer a range, based on the hourly rate. So you tell them it will cost from $300 to $400, based on $100 per hour or whatever you charge. That gives them a maximum to make them feel less nervous.
     

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