Looking to start a landscaping business in the spring, need tips and pointers!!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by rppaving, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. rppaving

    rppaving LawnSite Member
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    Just was checking out different kinds of mowers and a stander does look to be the best for me right now, not sure if i would want a walk behind, thats alot of walking if i have 40-60 accounts haha
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  2. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    The Scag V-Ride is a stander and a walk behind.

    Standers sometimes have some issues on side hills and such. Being able to switch to a walk behind is a must...especially if you're a solo op.
     
  3. rppaving

    rppaving LawnSite Member
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    Whats a good deck width for a mower, would 50" be perfect??
     
  4. THORNTON SERVICES LLC

    THORNTON SERVICES LLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    The size mower deck will be mainly determined by you , the size of accounts you have , gate access , etc , everyone is different on this just look at the accounts that you have or are targetting and see wich size mower would be most efficient for those accounts. Hope this helps a little good luck.
     
  5. nylesedwards

    nylesedwards LawnSite Member
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    giving quotes by the acreage is what i do. i try to average $50 an acre
     
  6. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Take some business classes.
     
  7. rppaving

    rppaving LawnSite Member
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    This is a good answer that I was looking for, does anyone else do this basic method?

    Also I heard not to do any lawn for $20 and under, so price everything 25 and up....is this a good tactic or not?
     
  8. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
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    Depends on the yard. I cut my neighbors yard on both sides of me in about 30 minutes total including weed eating. Don't have to drive anywhere use little to no gas. Get 20 bucks each out of them. Would equal 80$ an hour at my production rate. You just need to figure out your rates and it will take awhile to know how long it takes to mow a yard. Then if it's close to your route and is going to take you 15 minutes then I would have no problem pricing it at 20 dollars. End of the day it's 20$ I didn't have before. Especially in your first year. That 20$ yard could end up referring you to a 100$ yard. Just my thoughts
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  9. THORNTON SERVICES LLC

    THORNTON SERVICES LLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    I personally think you should bill based on your time , there is a big difference in ammount of work between a 1 acre cemetary and a 1 acre field , trimming takes time , then edging , weather or not you have to bag a lawn , all these factors play an important roll in what to charge , also frequency of cut is important a $20 weekly lawn you may have to charge $35 eow to cover extra time taking care of clippings etc. So just look at the lawn and based on your equipment try to determine how long it will take you based on what the customer wants and bill your hourly rate. This will get easier after you have done it a little. Also factor in location as well if a lawn is a 20 minute drive away from another lawn you have to get paid for that driving time so it should be incorporated in the lawns price , try to keep your route tight but in the beginning you will probally be all over the place don't worry thats normal. Good luck
     
  10. nylesedwards

    nylesedwards LawnSite Member
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    I agree with Thornton, another factor I put into it is I try to get $60 per hour
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