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Price for a 22,500 sq foot job

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Green-Cuts, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. Green-Cuts

    Green-Cuts LawnSite Member
    Posts: 154


    How much should I charge for a apartment complex that is 22,582 sq feet. It has pine trees. dog crap, chainlink fence, partial slops on some of it. ANy help would be great.

  2. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 976

    Without seeing the property it's hard to tell. If you're figuring by square footage I would charge $45. With the other problems mentioned I would consider charging $55.
  3. Green-Cuts

    Green-Cuts LawnSite Member
    Posts: 154

    Would $150 be to much?
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Here's what I do:

    Walk the whole prop and add up all the little areas. One might take 2 minutes the other 5 minutes and so on, add all this up. Once you have a total, do it again. Then, do it a third time to make sure.

    Be calculating and methodical about it, be as precise as possible and you should be ok.

    I have a comm prop is about 3/4 acre in actual grass but it's like 7 or 8 different size islands with a couple other strips and curbs everywhere and cig butts, too.

    Takes me a solid hour, sometimes two or three per visit to set it straight. I charge them close to 600 / month and make it a point to go there at least once / week, if only to check on things but also I make sure something gets done, too.

    Hope that helps.
  5. cwlawley

    cwlawley LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 470

    ^I'm with the rest. Kind of hard to ask a question like this and us give you the price you should be giving, too much needed information.
  6. A1A Lawn Care

    A1A Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    I have a 10 acre Moose lodge property, and I get 400 per week, there a little something to go by. I have a small office building that is around your sq footage and i charge 50.
  7. Green-Cuts

    Green-Cuts LawnSite Member
    Posts: 154

    What is some help full info that I can give you?

  8. Green-Cuts

    Green-Cuts LawnSite Member
    Posts: 154

    Hope these might help.





  9. Fritz Creek Lawnboy

    Fritz Creek Lawnboy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    All areas are different in price. For instance here for the same property because of all the edging along the walkway, and trimming along the trees I would say between 150-200 but I have never been noted for being cheap either. I have a 6 acre estate that I keep up once a week and I charge $600.00 weekly for it. The home is about 3200 sf. with about 8 kids throwing there trash all over the yard, coke cans, candy bar wrappers, juice bags. And tons of toys every where. I think you get the hint! It also has a small pond on it that takes up about 20,000 sf of the property that has to be trimmed each time. Along with two guest houses and a 40 X 60 workshop. But it could be just the area that I am in; and I was going to tell him next week that I am going up $150.00 due to gas prices and all the trash that I always have to pick up! I am not worried about loosing him as a client due to the increase because I have been keeping it up for 3 years. And also his son and mine are best friends, and he and I do a lot of fishing trips together.
  10. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 603

    .005 X sq ft = $ (per cut)

    You should charge $112.91 per cut or you can round it off to $115. This was a formula that guys used to use back in the day when pricing yards, but I dont think anybody uses it anymore.

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