Neglected Trimmings

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by KB Klippers, Jun 3, 2006.

  1. KB Klippers

    KB Klippers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    I went to cut a yard for the first time and the trimming had been neglected all year long. I was wondering how much extra you would charge for this situation. The property is about 1 acre out in the country that has a house, a mobile home, 3 sheds, and several trees. My normal price for an acre is 50-65 bucks...depending on level of difficulty. After seeing the weeds as bad as they were, I felt like charging an extra 25 dollars...but didn't due to friend of the family type thing. What do you guys do in this sich ee aa shun?

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  2. Dogbonz

    Dogbonz LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 389

    I kindly tell them,, "Well you see, I charge $65.00 bucks for this size lot, if it is a weekly cut,, but all this extra trimming is gonna be a LOT more time then a normal cut,, So its gonna be $35 for Trim, and First cut, then $65 WEEKLY after",, Friend of family or not. How long will it take you to trim it? 1/2 hour? Sweet, you just made $60+ hr to trim!payup
    Fill in $ as you see fit,, thats just me.
     
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I agree because I did something like that for the same price once or twice, until the last time I did it, I ran through a whole tank of 2-cycle fuel on the weedeater... It may not sound like a big deal but a tank usually lasts me 6-8 yards, and that's when it dawned on me that I need to get paid for this extra work.

    As for the other part, as a rule I don't work for family, friends, or neighbors.
     
  4. Scag413

    Scag413 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,283

    I would charge extra even if you do have connections to them. It just shows that you are a true business man. You have to charge what will pay your bills.
     
  5. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would tell the customer its going to be $90 for the first cut and then $65 for each week after that. JMO
     
  6. DuraCutter

    DuraCutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 806

    JR, you've got the right idea. An extra $35 is just pocket change.

    Usually, I'll charge an extra $90 to $150 and look them straight in the eye.

    Most times, they take it. But of course, I only deal with residential on spring clean-up. That's when I'll deal with extras.

    In commercial, it's usually hundreds for any kind of extra, that's why I like commercial.
     

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