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new fee, what to charge?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Frontier-Lawn, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,949

    OK new for 2005 I'm starting a Friday prem. fee. what should i charge? i want to do all lawns Mon- Thur. (fri-sat catching up on other jobs) and if they want it done on Friday a fee for it? am i alone on this?
  2. ztoro

    ztoro LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 732

    I had a few people that wanted it cut on friday.... I wouldnt ask them for more money.. I told them if I could do it on friday I would if not it will be done when I get there....

    I would imagine that they would be a bit surprized if you asked for more money for the same serivice on a friday....
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Not at all...around me that is staus quo to get more for Friday scheduling.
  4. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569

    I fully agree with Rod and a Fri cut should be "special" as everyone wants that day so they should pay for it. We have 4 levels of service (Basic, Standard, Premium and Premier) The Premium includes a Thurs or Fri cut in the contract and the Premier level states a Fri cut in the contract. Of course both those services include more then just mow and go and they are quoted higher and the Fri cut used as a selling tool.

    Now as to a Thurs or Fri cut on the Basic and Standard service, we charge an additional $2.00 per cut for those days and only accept them as we have slots open. With that said we also however offer a discount to anyone (residential only) of the same $2.00 that takes a Mon cut.
  5. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,267

    Rod-How muc more for a Friday cut?
    Around here a lot of people want it also but I stick to one area on Friday to keep my route as tight as possible.
  6. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,433

    Wow! So what if you have 2 houses next to each other and one wants the premium and one doesnt want to pay more? Isnt that a waste of gas traveling back and forth ?
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    25 - 33% more. And there is NO NEGOTIATING btw...
  8. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,267

    That sound like it really makes it worth your time that way.
    What about rain days?If you are behind during the week then I guess they would still get done on Friday.What if it is raining on Friday you go on Saturday or try fot Thursday?
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    If Friday is gonna be a washout, as late as possible then on Thursday even if it means OT. Saturday is next option.
  10. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,372

    I'd charge an extra 25%.

    I know this is apples and oranges, but I've got 2 banks, owned by the same guy that I plow.

    Now plowing and mowing are 2 different things, because it's alot harder to control the weather, timing with plowing than with mowing, but I charge him an extra 40% because he wants one bank plowed at 5 am, and the other bank plowed immediately after the first.

    I said ok, I'll juggle my schedule around and work with that, but it'll cost you more.

    He didn't care, he wanted to have a clean lot to start the day each day.

    However, your problem is, you're going to get everyone to be on Thursday, and save that extra 25%, and those that were on Thursday will have to be bumped back to Wednesday, etc.

    Personally, I don't give people a choice when their lawn is going to be mowed.

    I also only do 2 residential customers, and they don't care when the lawn is mowed.

    Another reason I got out of the residential market and into only commercial / industrial accounts. They don't care.

    However, I do let my commercial / industrial accounts know, if they've got some big-wig coming in, I'll mow the lawn that morning, for no extra charge, as long as it doesn't increase my mowing numbers for the year.

    i.e. I do everything on a flat monthly fee. I mow an account here, where they supply alot of the small small parts for Arctic Cat snowmobiles / ATVs. When the head cheese / purchasing guy comes to town, they let me know a week ahead of time.

    If the grass is growing quickly, and I'll end up mowing 3 times in 2 weeks, instead of the usual 1 time each week, I charge an extra %. If it's later in the year, and I'm down to every 10-14 days, and it'll still be 2 times in 2 weeks or 3 weeks if I go and mow when the big-wig is coming to town, I don't charge extra, even if it's not the usual day to mow.

    Everything I mow is within 4 miles of each other except for 1 day, so it's not that big of a deal to mow an account on a different day than normal.

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