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Mowing question

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by William J. L., Mar 26, 2005.

  1. William J. L.

    William J. L. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    For years I've sold lawn care and landscaping...by a rate card and set prices.
    But now I'm finding myself having to sell more and more mowing with this new company I'm with. I'm discovering that it's difficult to write a rate card for mowing...you have to see it physically and just have to sort of decide how long it will take. We have a minimum and a price per acre but I really want to write a nice guidline rate card. Do any of you have an actual price guide?
  2. Patrick.B

    Patrick.B LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 251

    i'd really don't have no price guidline i set on ....i've been doing this long enough to know about what to charge when i see the yard ..next season i will get into landscaping and might be having a price book on landscaping ..next season will be my first season i get into landscaping ,,,Most of the time i get my timer right when i bid on a yard cut ,,,i know what my mower can do and i know about how long it will take me to do the job ,,,,sometime clean up job take me a little longer to estimates but Most of the time i figure little less or more ,,,,i'd got a call this morning for a clean up ..i went look at the property and it will take me about 4.5 hours to clean up ! and this just a one time Only He said his Lawn Service don't do clean up ,,,so i'd told him i will charge $325 and he agree,,, Hope that a little help for you and good luck !!!!!!!!!
  3. Let it Grow

    Let it Grow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 476

    I do have a price guide that is based on how long I think it will take me to mow a lawn. In my opinion that is the best way to price lawns because there are so many variables.
  4. William J. L.

    William J. L. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    Does your price guide allow for variables...such as a flat 10,000 with nothing in the way...another 10,000 with lots of trees and gazebos and swingsets...and maybe another one with hills or a difficult entry?
    My lawn care rate card has one price...but should my mowing rate card say: $50 to $60 for this size....$60 to $70 for that size Etc?

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