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Need help on pricing

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by shutzero, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. shutzero

    shutzero LawnSite Member
    from ct
    Posts: 38

    Just starting my landscaping business and I don't know realy how to charge for leaf removal and plowng...any insight?
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  2. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,084

    Leaf removal is $60.00 per man hour and plowing is $150.00 per truck.
     
  3. shutzero

    shutzero LawnSite Member
    from ct
    Posts: 38

    Is it 150 per plow?
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  4. shutzero

    shutzero LawnSite Member
    from ct
    Posts: 38

    And it's 60 per hour for each guy that's doing leaf removal? So 3 guys taking 2 hours is 360?
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  5. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    150 per truck per hour.
     
  6. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,084

    Yes, if you show up with commercial equipment[redmax 8001 back packs, 11+hp push blower and a 20+hp loader] that would be the minimum I would charge for 2 hours. Now if you show up with bamboo rakes and brown bags maybe you should drop your hourly rate to 15.00 per hour. Since this is a commercial forum, I gave you commercial rates. I can clean up a 1 acre property with 14 yards of leaves loaded into my dump with 3 men in less then 2 hours. So doesn't 360 sound fair? To me and my clients it a fair deal.
     
  7. shutzero

    shutzero LawnSite Member
    from ct
    Posts: 38

    No that sounds good I was just clarifying. And what about plowing
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  8. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Plowing is 150.00 per hour per truck for a guy who can plow.

    You just can't put estimates in the mail, you have to meet these potential clients face to face and explain why your price is a little higher. If you can do it in two hours and the other guy wants 30 per man hour and it will take him 4 hours what is the difference. You have to explain that to the client, most just look at the number at the bottom.
     
  9. shutzero

    shutzero LawnSite Member
    from ct
    Posts: 38

    ahh ok i gotcha...ive heard of some people just contracting out a set price at the beginning of the season and will plow every time it snows no matter how many or little times it is, but it makes sense what youre saying
     
  10. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,084

    there are all kind of ways to set a price. by the hour works out well for me.
     

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