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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Rod73, Mar 18, 2004.

  1. Rod73

    Rod73 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    Since I kept my word and uploaded the contract, will someone please help me out here? What should I charge per square foot for residential lawns? I charge $25 a man hour for commercial, but don't do very much residential until now.
     
  2. Emerald Cut Lawns

    Emerald Cut Lawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    Just starting myself, but from what I have learned from other landscapers, they charge by your time...we base it on 60.00 per hour...if it take you 30 min to mow then its a 30.00 job...45min...$45...I would like to know also if there is a formula to convert square footage into a price scale....would be alot more accurate than they way we are probably going to set it up
     
  3. cdawg12

    cdawg12 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    Hey, I am also new. I landed my first account yesterday. I saw on this site to charge a $20 pull up fee and add $1 per 1000 sq/feet of property. It helped me land a $30 account. When I pulled up to the property I eye balled it at about $30, so it must be pretty close. Emerald's formula looks like it would work too because I cant see this yard taking me over a half hour to finish.
     
  4. FFMED74

    FFMED74 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 242

    I do the $1 a minute deal, you can usually eyeball it and tell, but hint hint, don't just do an eyebell drive by, actually walk it, buddy of mine got bit a couple of times, cause he said $30 on a drive by, but didn't see the freaking cliff in the back yard because of the lake, lol... I learned from him.
     
  5. allgreen lawn

    allgreen lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    I measure everything that way it also gets walked, i look more on mowing by how long it will take and charge accordingly, emerald cts formula is very similar to my mowing price, mow, trim, and clean up included. Hillsides and bad parking arrangement always more $ no exeptions.
     
  6. precisioncut

    precisioncut LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 654

    "we base it on 60.00 per hour...if it take you 30 min to mow then its a 30.00 job...45min...$45..."

    That formula doesn't work around here.
     
  7. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,124

    What good does it do you to charge $40/hour, if your expenses are $45/hour? You can't price lawns according to what others tell you to. First figure your cost of doing business, including labor and that will tell you the least you can charge and still not lose money. Then find out what other "quality" LCOs are charging in your area, and price accordingly. Anything you can charge over your minimum is profit.

    Randy
     
  8. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    Like randy_j says, you need to figure your overhead before you can begin pricing different types of jobs.
     
  9. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Posts: 1,878

    When I bid residentials, I bid @ a dollar a minute also.

    But if you are getting $25.00/hour from commercials, well....I don't know what to say that I won't get flamed on here for......

    Not taking into account your area, and it's local pricing......I think ( JHMO) that you are getting rooked. My commercials pay far more than my res. I have one that takes me 30 minutes to do and I get $125.00 per cut, 6 times per month. $150.00 per cut in winter, twice a month. I take into account the amount of debris that must be picked up each week, being that it's in a small mall of sorts, Subway wrappers, cups, etc. Commercials on an average, at least around here pay more.
     
  10. Rod73

    Rod73 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    I said I charge $25 per man hour, which is around $100 per hour for me because I have 3 other guys that I pay $10 per hour. In reality I get $70 for each hour that the 4 of us work. On residential I'm going to charge $1 per 1000 square foot and see how that works. When I propose a commercial bid it looks at lot better priced at $25 per man hour X 4 men=$100 per hour, but the $25 looks better on paper.
     

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