OK, here is the Situation

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassman50, Oct 16, 2001.

  1. grassman50

    grassman50 Banned
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    I have this one client you lives in this very very nice home and has a very nice landscaping job, probably bout 40-50 thousand dollar landscape. There really isnt that much grass there, just patch everwhere. The problem is, I bid the job in the spring at $25.00 (bad mistake), cause i didnt see much lawn there, but when i found out how much stuff you have to go around and the amount of trimming and blowing you have to do, its crazy. It probably takes a good 30 minutes with two push mowers, trim it, and blow grass clippings. I would use a my ZTR but it just throws the clipping everywhere, causing alotmore blowing.What do you think i should raise the price to next year? I am getting thirty for it know because about mid summer i said that i have to raise the price cause i spend to much time on your lawn for $25.00. And dont think i raised my price enough. I honestly think that $40.00 per cut is what i should be getting for it. What do you guys think?? But i dont want to take advantage of her to bad, but i need to get what i need to stay in biz! thanks guys.:eek:
     
  2. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
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    a lawn that takes 30 minutes to blow with two pushmowers would probably take 13 with a ztr, with a blower inless there is a major difference in amount of clippings a few extra wont matter much.
     
  3. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think you should figure how much $ you must make per hour to make a profitable income ....figure the time you are there for all the work necessary to make the customer happy .....n charge that rate ......if its $30, 40 or whatever a visit ..... do the work at the level she wants .....n she'll pay ;->
     
  4. You just don't have the right mower for that situation.

    I have a Toro WB (11hp Briggs) with a 48" recycler deck that has a downdraft discharge that I can use with a stand on sulky.

    The deck is offset equally about 8" on BOTH sides for ease in trimming.

    This machine is by no means a front line production unit that would be used in wide-open spaces but is perfect for the situation you describe.
     
  5. casey

    casey Guest
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    Did Toro actually put an 11hp Briggs on a 48 Recycler deck. Couldn't mulch or discharge any kind of thick turf or leaves with that set-up.
     
  6. Just be aware that if you do go from $30 per cut to $40 per cut that you are raising the price by 33.33% So that may create some problems for you. Especially seeing as how you started at $25 per cut.
     
  7. smburgess

    smburgess LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 469

    Pretty simple....

    1) Don't raise your price, make no profit.

    2) Raise your price, make a profit or lose client and you move on to a new profitable client.

    There is nothing wrong with being dropped by a client when you've raised your rate in order for you to make a profit (unless you don't mind working for nothing). There is just too much work out there!
     
  8. MuskTurfKing

    MuskTurfKing LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 338

    Don't comprimise your cost to the customer. They don't know what you need to make to make a living, trust me, I've been paid way to little for work that I should of been paid 3 times as much for....live and learn. I've told almost all of my customer's I have to bump the prices up a little, and they have no problem paying the extra. They all said I do great work and do the work when I say I will. That's what all of them want, quality and realiability. It makes me feel good when I'm only 15 and they brag on me, saying I am 10 times better than the big huge company that they had before me...I never feel threatened that I'll lose those accounts.....well, I've gotten way off topic, so I guess I'll shut up.

    Hank
     

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