Need pricing help. NE Pennsylvania.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Mountaingoat, Jun 5, 2005.

  1. Mountaingoat

    Mountaingoat LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    Hello everyone.
    Looking for some pricing help here.
    Quarter acre Full acre 2-3 acres etc.
    Need some kind of guide to start with.
    Weed wacking etc. Im shure are a bit more.
    Any help greatly appreciated.
    Looking to start small and provide good services.
    Im located in a very rural portion of NE Pennsylvania
    Thank you Gentlemen.
    Mountaingoat
     
  2. Mountaingoat

    Mountaingoat LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    Going to try to expand on my first post.
    Equipment on hand.
    42 inch craftsmen 18 HP
    weed wacker, pick up truck, Broom.
    I know, its bare bones! You have to start somewhere.
    My market- rural NE Pennsylvania.
    We have quite a few seasonal people here.
    I want to be reasonable with my pricing.
    Dont want to low ball my pricing.

    I need to know where to set pricing for weekly mow, bi weekly mow.once every two weeks (is that an acceptable practice?)
    High grass take down.One time mow. Etc.

    Will give you an example. 7 acres mostly open. Some weed trimming.Pick up branches Etc. Where should I price this?

    I'd like to run this 2 ways. My equipment and gas. There equipment/my gas.

    So with that said. Lets say I have another prospect with a full acre once a week mow,light weed eating?
    Half acre?
    Full acre?
    2 or more acres? Is it after 5 acres the price goes down?

    Thank you for your input. Its greatly appreciated.
    Mountaingoat.

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  3. Mountaingoat

    Mountaingoat LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    Ok so- dollar a minute? 60 bucks an hour or better, higher for more difficult jobs.
    Cant believe no one has responded to my post.
     
  4. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    you have to find out what the market will bear in your area, varies from placve to place, and what your cost are, and figure it out from there....
     
  5. Mountaingoat

    Mountaingoat LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    Seems like my numbers are to high for this area. Dollar a minute that is.
    More like 48.
    Any input on this?
    Gotta be someone from NE PA on here.
     
  6. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    Mountaingoat,
    I'll be honest with you, I think you may be lucky to make $30-$35/ hr. with the equipment you have and the market I'm guessing you are in.


    7 acres with a 42" craftsman rider will take you a minimum of 6 hours under ideal conditions, my guess is closer to 7 or 8 hours.
     
  7. dmc337

    dmc337 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    If you are northeast of me, then I think you will have a hard time hitting 60/hr...pretty depressed area up that way. I'm lucky enough to be near some very upscale vacation areas so I can probably hit 75/hr without much customer loss.
     
  8. Mountaingoat

    Mountaingoat LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    Yes, depressed is a good word for this area and i have a couple other I wont share with you.
    And as far as the equipment I have. It does what I ask of it.Not much future in purchasing a $4500 mower if your not going to be able to justify the cost of it.Wich I'm not.
    Anywho- This is a great site. I commend the people who had the foresite to put it together.
    I'm shure I will be looking for information from time to time.
    See you on the boards. :waving: Mountaingoat
     

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