Spray Pricing for new business

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Green Up, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. Green Up

    Green Up LawnSite Member
    Posts: 126

    I have just gotten state certified to strat spraying. I have been in the lawn cae service for 20 years. Having expanded my business, there is alot of thing to learn. I have purchased a Lesco 250 gal. sprayer with 300' 1/2' hose spray system. In the area that i live, there is no other certified applicators. I have no one to compare pricing with. I want to be fair to the customers, but I also want to make a profit. I have heard pricing ranging from $4.00 per 1000 to $8.00 per 1000. I use alot of Lesco products. I have noticed that I get a different price from everytime I call them. I seems to depend on who I talk to. I know that there are alot of factors to consider. Your input would be greatly apprciated.
     
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,785

    Always take their lowest offer.
    I think one of the major companies charges 6 dollars per thousand, plus a 22 dollar stop charge.
     
  3. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Posts: 2,495

    you should always price based on your costs and profit margin. So if your fixed and variable costs come in at X you cant do a job for less even if everyone else is. Make sense?
     
  4. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,167

    When I first started 20+ years ago someone told me to shoot for:

    25% labor
    25% materials
    25% overhead
    25% profit

    Those #'s have evolved over the years but it's a good baseline to start with.
     

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