Pricing resi lawns by square footage

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Emerald Cut Lawns, Mar 18, 2004.

  1. Emerald Cut Lawns

    Emerald Cut Lawns LawnSite Member
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    :blob2: I followed your advice some of you gave me for going out and buying the measuring wheel.....Now what??? LOL...How do you convert square footage into a price...is there a specific formula for conversion that I can reach a fair price ????We were planning on using the 60.00 per hour deal, so if a lawn takes 30 min to mow, then its $30.00, but some of you gave me advice to always trust the wheel.....How would you convert it to a price in the ballpark of 60.00 pr hr...??

    Thanks in advance


    New and confused
     
  2. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 941

    I set a price for 3000 sq feet,(most of my accounts are under this size) then ad more for each additional 1000sq ft. For exp. $30 base plus $10 for each additional 1000. I just pace it off for an est. size. I average 2 lawn per hr.
     
  3. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC.

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 200

    This works best. $20 stop fee, $1/1000 square feet. So a 10,000 square foot lawn would be $30. It should take you a half hour tops. For example, my parents property is 9800 square feet or lawn to mow. There is 5-10 minutes worth of trimming so I would charge them $30. It takes me 50 minutes with a push mower so with my new zero turn rider, it should take 20 minutes tops with mowing and trimming. Hopefully I get enough accounts in this my first year so I dont have to charge mommy and daddy for the cut. :p
     
  4. ej Landscaping

    ej Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    JFGLN is right on with his methods
     
  5. cdawg12

    cdawg12 LawnSite Member
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    thats what i do
     
  6. gator-town

    gator-town LawnSite Member
    from bfe
    Posts: 92

    "I set a price for 3000 sq feet,(most of my accounts are under this size) then ad more for each additional 1000sq ft. For exp. $30 base plus $10 for each additional 1000."

    JFGLN ... so you are saying your fee would be as follows...

    1/2 Acre site / 20,000 sf (approx)

    20,000 sf – 3,000 sf = 17,000 sf remainder = $30 (base price for first 3,000 sf) + 17 x $10 = $30 + $170 = $200 total for 1/2 acre yard ...


    "This works best. $20 stop fee, $1/1000 square feet. So a 10,000 square foot lawn would be $30. It should take you a half hour tops. For example, my parents property is 9800 square feet or lawn to mow. There is 5-10 minutes worth of trimming so I would charge them $30. It takes me 50 minutes with a push mower so with my new zero turn rider, it should take 20 minutes tops with mowing and trimming."

    GreatLakesLawnCare ... and you are saying your fee would be ...

    1/2 Acre site / 20,000 sf (approx)

    $20 stop fee + 20,000 sf X $1/1,000 sf = $20 + $20 = $40 total for 1/2 acre yard ...

    my personal yard is 1/2 acre yard with trimming,edging, and blowing ... takes me 1 hour with 48" Scag tops ... unless my calculator has malfunctioned one would charge me $200 and the other $40 ... As a potential client, GreatLakes has my business ... I can certainly see why most rally behind LFGLN ... Wish I could get those prices ... What am I doing wrong ??? Don't say Scag cause time is assumed to be the same in both equations .
     
  7. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC.

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 200

    Yes sir gatortown. My parents yard is a 1/4 acre, 10,000 square feet. I charge $30. $20 stop fee and the $10 for the square footage.
     
  8. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC.

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 200

    I may end up going to the 1/4-$25.00, 1/2-$30, 3/4-$35, 1 acre-$40. That is probably what I am gonna do. If the yards are challening, I may stick with the stop fee and $1/1000 sq ft.
     
  9. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Posts: 0

    Basic Formula = .005 X SQ. FT.

    Example:

    5,000 sq ft. (5,000 X .005 = $25.)
    20,000 sq ft. (20,000 X .005 = $100.)

    You may need to adjust the formula for sloped hills and or lots of edging, obsticles, etc.
     
  10. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC.

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 200

    You would charge $100 for half an acre out in Utah or anywhere for that matter? Dang.
     

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