pricing help

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by johngreen, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. johngreen

    johngreen LawnSite Member
    from iowa
    Posts: 20

    In my area it seems like aeration prices are by sq ft. I had a quote of 6.oo per1000 sq ft. can you price mowing in the same way?
     
  2. AlleganyLawnCare

    AlleganyLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 180

    I don't know about the other guys and gals here, but at $6 per sf for mowing is awful expensive. $600 for aeration for 1000sf is too much here where I live. So I know I couldn't get that much for mowing. I base my rates more on an hourly charge. $45/hr. Figure approx. how long it takes to do what in an hour and go from there.
     
  3. Property Pro

    Property Pro LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    How do you get $600 for 1000sqft. He said he quotes $6 per 1000sqft. At that price he would have to do 100,000sqft to to charge $600. Around here companies are charging around $10-$12 per 1000sqft.
     
  4. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    there are way too many variables, trimming, slopes, obsticals.,...... try the search, this has been discussed alot......price by the time it will take to complete the job
     
  5. BALSECA LANDSCAPING

    BALSECA LANDSCAPING LawnSite Member
    Posts: 36

    If We Charge $25 For The Mow Then We Charge $50 For Aeration. Because For Best Results You Need To Do It In 2 Directions.
     
  6. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 360

    The big problem with that is the mowers are wider than the aerators. So the aerating takes longer. Around these parts people are getting anywhere from $8-$12 depending on the property and how much other work you do for them.
     
  7. one man gang

    one man gang LawnSite Fanatic
    from N. In.
    Posts: 5,811

    With all due respect my man you could probably get $100 per and people would jump all over $75.
     
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    No, you can NOT price grass-cutting like this nor should you price aeration thusly because the larger lots are less $ / sq. foot.

    I charge 120 dollars to aerate an acre, because it takes me 2 hours but that's not the real reason: The real reason is 120 / acre is a competitive price and is in line with the going rates.

    With the formula of $6 / 1k, you would come out to 260 dollars because an acre is 43,560 square feet, so 43.5 x 6 = 260.

    For cutting grass, I charge 60 / acre because it takes me one hour (but it also happens to be the going rate / acre around here <- this last is actually the determining factor).
     
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    Here's a quide of sorts, adjust if need be:

    Aeration: $40 minimum.
    1/4 acre = $45
    1/3 acre = $50
    1/2 acre = 60
    2/3 acre = 75
    3/4 acre = 90
    Full acre = 120
    (this isn't exact, I just came up with it)

    (but this is)
    Grass-cutting: $35 minimum.
    - 1/4 acre lot: Avg. $ 35.00
    - 1/3 acre lot: Avg. $ 40.00
    - 1/2 acre lot: Avg. $ 45.00
    - 2/3 acre lot: Avg. $ 50.00
    - 3/4 acre lot: Avg. $ 55.00
    One acre lot: Avg. $ 60.00
    1.5 acres $85, 2 acres 110.00
    2.5 = 135, 3 = 155, 4 = 195.
    5=230, 6=260, 7=285, 8=310.
     

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