Needs some answers

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by GardenDoorNW, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. GardenDoorNW

    GardenDoorNW LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    I've been reading this website up and down for 2 months. Thanks to all :waving: . But I'd like to ask.

    What do most Maint. Companies charge for a regular service at an avg. newer home in a housing developement.

    What services are provided
    Is this for Front & Back
    Weekly or Bi-Weekly?
    Lite to moderate leaf cleanup?
    Do you charge for fertilizing?

    I've been maintaining my disabled mother-in laws home and 6 other neighbors to help them out, and have been asked to take on a few paid accounts, to eventually turn into a full time job. :weightlifter:

    I'd appreciate any positive feedback you can give. I understand each property, and city needs to be estimated accordingly but I'd like to have some information to base my numbers of.
     
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I need to know what kind of service, how large the lot is, how much work it is, and so on... Mainly because I do not and will not give estimates where there are blind spots involved (things I can not SEE or know about upfront).

    ...It makes no difference where the property is located (except out of the area, this I dont service), be it old or new, rich or poor, everyone pays the same price so long the work involved is roughly identical.

    Some grass cutting prices follow, this is for regular, scheduled service ONLY (one-time deals and extra-tall grass or grass with leaves or really anything out of the ordinary costs more):

    - 1/4 acre lot: Min. $30.00
    - 3/8 acre lot: Min. $35.00
    - 1/2 acre lot: Min. $40.00
    - 5/8 acre lot: Min. $45.00
    - 3/4 acre lot: Min. $50.00
    - 7/8 acre lot: Min. $55.00
    One acre: $55 (12/100 cents / sq.foot)
    1.25 acres = $65
    1.5 acres = $75 (11/100 cents / sq.foot)
    2 acres = $90 ($45.00 / acre)
    2.5 acres = $110
    3 acres = $130 ($43.33 / acre)
    4 acres = $150 ($37.50 / acre)
    5 acres = $170 ($34.00 / acre)
    6 acres = $190 ($31.66 / acre)
    7 acres = $210 ($30.00 / acre)
    8 acres = $225 ($28.12 / acre)
    9 acres = $240 ($26.66 / acre)
    10 acres = $255 ($25.50 / acre)

    Acre+ prices are on special through 2007, hence the light discrepancy...
    One acre = 43,560 square feet

    Fertilizing? Just fert? uhm, $35 starting then +$30 per 1/4 acre flat, min. 14 pounds 100% ureal per 1/4 acre.
    (so 80 pounds @ 30% for an acre, for example).
    Leaves... $50 pmh with a 2,400 cfm (10hp) blower, $200 / load hauled.
     

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