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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Joel B., Apr 11, 2006.

  1. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Posts: 458

    Does anyone price lawns in increments smaller than $5.00? Do you have any lawns that are $23, $37, $46 (for example), or are they all $25, $30, $40, etc?

    Thank you,

    Joel B.
  2. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

    Normally we price lawns at the $5 increments like $30, $35, $45, etc, but then when price increases occur, then the prices get all flopped around at $32, $37, $48 etc.
  3. Tight Angles

    Tight Angles LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 297

    I'll price them $22, for standard lots and $26 for corners, or more if the lots are bigger.
  4. trent515

    trent515 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    Most of my lawns are $25, $30, or $35, to make it easy on me. But for special occasions, temporary service, one-time service, etc., I add a surcharge of $2, $3, $7 etc. to the price. Don't cut yourself short by trying to charge $25 when you really should be getting more. If you need $28 for that lawn, charge $28, or round up to $30, not down to $25.
  5. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,078

    Yep I agree.. my minumiun here is $30 for residential that take 20 mins... Wont cut anything under that... other wise for cash customers increments of 5 is what we do, but for customers paying checks its different due to taxes. Also when price increases happen, its usually $2 a yard.
  6. Shane7258

    Shane7258 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    I am still looking for that 20 minute yard I think I have one that comes close I am in the hour and 2 hour range 40 and 80 respectively. Although I lost my a$$ on a cleanup thought I would be there 4 hours bid 125 was there 6 and a half and lost my A$$
  7. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,078

    well seems you basically are just starting out.. and work by yourself? Which is great....But It happens.. no better way to learn to bid then to get beat.

    Sometimes you eat the bear... and sometimes the bear eats you.

    I have appox. 210 residential accounts, so the $30 lawns we do about 45 a day
  8. wacamaster

    wacamaster LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Posts: 198

    Mine were mostly by $5's but this year i raised all prices by $2 due to gas so now they're not.
  9. JCee

    JCee LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 113

    210 Residentials....that is awesome....I just started last year and it is tough coming getting mow accounts.. I can get spring cleanups all day, but the mows are tough to find....Good for you jbailey. By the way I also hold the 30 dollar minimum on all lawns regardless of how small...
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Agreed on the mows, I got plenty of work but nothing compared to last year and the mowers are sitting idle about half the week. We need R-A-I-N.

    This is the one reason why I say an Lco might not survive mowing alone, thou I will say for a couple of years I had it going on, this year it appears other stuff is higher on the list. Fine by me so long it holds out, the diversity is kinda cool.

    35 minimum here but 30 is very solid, I ran 30 for a long time and it gets you in the door quicker, too. For the most part I got tired of postage stamp lots, no matter how small the lot, it always took 20+ between all the bs. Price-wise, always 5 dollar incs for me but the price at the start of the year is the price at the end of the year - also a 5 dollar raise on any customer tends to stick for 3-4 years, sometimes 5 <- It has its benefits, and its drawbacks as well.

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