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Trimming Hedges

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by kilgoja, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 944

    I'm used to just mowing lawns but a customer has asked me to trim their hedges....about 15-20 of them around the house in an upscale neighborhood...i'm not exactly sure how long it will take...i've never done this before...only at my own house...i figure it would take 1 hr-2hrs but i'm not sure how much to charge...what do you guys usually charge for something like this?
  2. GunnPropertyServices

    GunnPropertyServices LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 374

    i charge by the hour, i dont tell the customer my hourly charge, just estimate how long i think it will take and give them a total $ number. if they are severly over grown i add disposal fee if there will be alot of clippings to dispose of. if its a yard you do regualrly i would also give them a number to maintain them on a regular basis as part of the lawn. there usally easier to keep up then, try to trim them when overgrown

    couldnt really tell you how long it would take, without seeing them, trimming usally goes pretty fast, clean up takes the time depending on the sitition.
  3. GunnPropertyServices

    GunnPropertyServices LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 374

    would def say more then an hour more like 2 to 4
  4. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 944

    yeah i figured...things always seem to take longer than i think they would lol
  5. Nellies

    Nellies LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    just throw out a number and if they balk then negotiate from there...
  6. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 944

    yeah i'm gonna shoot for the $75-$100 range
  7. davis45

    davis45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 985

    Have a little more respect for yourself and your business. To be successful you need to know your price..give your price..dont negotiate your price, especially on these small jobs where you are not making a whole lot.
  8. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 944

    well i do have a price but if they are like no way i can pay that then i would've lost a chance to get more work in that same upscale neighborhood....i'm just starting out kindof so i gotta take what i can get at this point....as i build my business up then i can be more firm on prices...i mean i do have a limit...i'm not gonna work 2 hrs for $40 or anything but if i have to come down a little it will be worth it as i may get other customers from it....and like i said this is my first time doing this type of job so i don't have a set price yet....and this may seem a small job to you but this is a big job to me since most yards i cut i only make $50....this could possibly make me twice as much money but i don't want to overprice it and not get the job either
  9. rockycrab

    rockycrab LawnSite Member
    from oregon
    Posts: 159

    Don't forget to cover your expenses, Overhead, travel, rent/mortgage, insurance,workers comp, fuel, dump... goes on and on. we are in an expensive, high tech industry. All the customer wants to not get off their lazy butt, good for us, if they see the value in our expertice. Give them some knowledge and some suggestions for future work along with their bill and they will be calling for more of your time.
  10. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 944

    yeah this place is like 2-3 miles from my house so not far away at all and i live outside the city limits so i just burn the trimmings in my back yard...or throw them into the pile my dad is burning lol

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