Pricing

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MICHPLOWER, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. MICHPLOWER

    MICHPLOWER LawnSite Member
    Posts: 98

    I am starting up in the spring of 2011" was just wondering what everybody thinks about my pricing on just mowing,trimming,edging, and blowing.
    Thanks for any input or help

    0-5,000sq.ft. = $20.00
    5,001-10,000 = $25.00
    10,001-15,000 = $30.00
    15,001-20,000 = $35.00
    20,001-25,000 = $40.00
    25,001-30,000 = $45.00
    30,001-35,000 = $50.00
    35,001-40,000 = $55.00

    OR

    0 - 7,000 = $25.00
    7,001 14,000 = $30.00
    14,001-21,000 = $35.00
    21,001-28,000 = $40.00
    28,001-35,000 = $45.00
    35,001-41,000 = $50.00
    41,001-1 Acre = $55.00
     
  2. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,285

    i dont drop the gate for less than $40 per stop. i think you are underpricing yourself, but that depends on your location, setup, etc.
     
  3. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,580

    Too many variables for a cookie cutter pricing schedule. Hills?, lots of trimming or edging? customer wants biweekly svc, corner lots, fertilized/ unfertilized lawn, kids toys or dog bombs.....
    I think we all have a base price that we will use on square, easy, flat lawns and add to that price depending on the variables. Once you price out a few hundred lawns, you will be able to know how long it will take to service that property, and price accordingly.
    good luck with your endeavors!
     
  4. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,887

    Ditto.....
     
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    I'll avoid the "you are too cheap" accusations. If you have price checked in your area and small lawns are generally 20 to 25 bucks then that's where you are probably going to have to start... The $40 minimum here would get you laughed off the front porch at pretty much any "in town" sized lawn.

    I do agree that having a pricing structure solely based on lawn square footage is horribly flawed. Size is a factor but so is obsticles, slope, ditches, fenced areas (gate width), quality of turf, etc.

    Time it takes to cut is the best way to determine price, figure out what you need to gross per hour to be profitable and go from there. If you are just starting out it's hard to determine time just from looking at it though. Estimating for mowing is very difficult and the next bid comes in $1 a cut less and they are likely going to go with the other guy unless you have been referred to the customer by someone else.
     
  6. POWER STROKE

    POWER STROKE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 300

    thanks to every one for the input and help
     
  7. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,887

    Nice post Jason, I should have done a little better with explaining too.
     
  8. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    thanks. I do try to put some thought into my posts, and I try to avoid the rants. lol.
     
  9. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,887

    Seen & respect that.
     
  10. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    i think if those are the prices your market will bare and give you the profit you need or want then go for it.

    i noticed a few people threw in "your to cheap" comments, one even tried to do it without actually saying those words.

    every market is different and everyone's cost of living is different.

    just because one guy can have a min. of $40 doesn't mean every market will bare that. i think a min. of $40 is outrageous and i'd like to see that person try and make it in my market, where you have min. at $25. average size properties go for the lower $30's. if your charging $40 or above, it's a decent to large sized property.
     

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