Tree pruning & shrub trimming ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Big M LawnnSnow, Feb 6, 2004.

  1. Big M LawnnSnow

    Big M LawnnSnow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 217

    OK...Whats the best way to price out Tree pruning & shrub trimming?
    I've tried it by the hour and it seems to work well but I feel like I'm missing something here.
    Any help from you all will be greatly appreciated
    Thanks,
    MJ
     
  2. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 471

    I estimate by the hour also. I have been pruning long enough to have a real good idea how long it is going to take and price accordingly.
     
  3. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,381

    I price it by the hour, but I don't tell the customer the price is per hour. That seems to scare them off if you tell them $40 per hour. They think you'll take your time doing the job (which is true) and try to run up the bill (which is not true).

    Instead, I try to estimate the time it will take to do the job including clean-up (working at a normal pace) and multiply that by $40 to come up with a price for the job. I have a minimum of 4 hours on hedge and shrub work, so the lowest bid would be $160. I do hedges and shrubs on days that I'm not mowing, usually Friday or Saturday. So, If I'm going to work on a day that I would otherwise be relaxing at home, I have a 4 hour minimum.

    Now if I have a regular lawn customer that only has a small amount of hedge work (1 or 2 hours) I will try to do those while I'm mowing and bill them only for the 1 or 2 hours at $40 per hour.
     
  4. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 360

    Same as DennisF here. I estimate it by the hour but don't give them the hourly rate. I will always price it a little high to leave room for anything that might come up
     
  5. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,318

    I only prune for my regular mowing accounts. The price is my hourly labor rate times the amount of time it takes. I never bid anymore. My clients know how I work, and they know I don't mess around so this is fair for everyone involved. If they don't like this arrangement I decline the job.
     

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