starting out looking for prcing advice

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Afamilylawncare, May 1, 2003.

  1. Afamilylawncare

    Afamilylawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    A potential commercial client told me to make a bid and if he liked the price I could have the work, problem is i am a rookie and have no idea how to price, dont want to undersell my business, i am very motivated to learn and become successful
  2. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,981

    Maybe start by telling THEM the specs like: acres, trimming, edging?
  3. Bouncer

    Bouncer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    Definately need more detail please!!
  4. laserman

    laserman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    Bidding? Easy as pie. All yaarrddss ten Buuks:p
  5. lawnagent

    lawnagent LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 529

    I hate to say it................BUT...............hit the search buttons and type in bidding questions or bidding help. At least some variation of that. There must be a zillion threads on the subject here.
  6. Auroris

    Auroris LawnSite Member
    Posts: 155

  7. With experience, you’ll know how much time it takes to do an average lawn with the equipment you have. From an earlier post, you mentioned a 36” Walk-Behind and supporting stuff. Depending on what you spend on expenses like insurance, gasoline, supplies, etc., a profitable hourly rate for lawn maintenance could be in the $20-$30 range. If you were using a ZTR and a helper(s), your hourly rate might have to be $40-$60 to make a profit. So if you have an “average” lawn that takes you about an hour and a half, you’d multiply that 1.5 hours times $25/hr, and quote $32.50.

    But then there are other factors. What if it’s a corner lot (same square footage) but 3 times the amount of edging around the curb. Is there a sidewalk? That could mean 9 times the amount of edging if it’s a corner lot with a sidewalk. Pool? Lots of landscaping? Loose pavers for a walkway (nightmare for string trimming)? Etceteras, etceteras. More time => more money.

    Then there’s the local pricing standard. What’s the competition charging for the lawn across the street? Is there a 13 year old boy living next door, wanting to mow for $15? Don’t try to beat everyone’s price. You’ll actually earn respect and better customers by laughing off the neighbor-kid’s price. But if the competition is tough, instead of rounding up to $35, you may have to settle for $30.
  8. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,964

    Time seems to be the common thread when it comes to pricing. If you're using a 32 but will have a 48 or 52 in the future, price it for the bigger mower. You'll have to suck it up until you get a bigger mower but you'll be more competitive. Local competition is a factor also but, if someone gets you by 5-10 dollars, don't sweat it. You'll know you're in the ballpark. Asking is always good too. I asked tons of people what they were paying before I got into this. Then I sized up their property to see if it seemed high/low to me. Don't forget to figure your costs/needs and adjust as appropriate.
  9. ACER

    ACER LawnSite Member
    Posts: 89

    10 bucks!!! D**n I was going to charge $18 and get rich. Oh well, maybe I can still pick up a few.:D
  10. nickm

    nickm LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    I charge $15.00 for any size lawn.

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