what is the average price you charge for lawn mowing?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Lawnmowingperson, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. Lawnmowingperson

    Lawnmowingperson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    I am starting my own business and I was wondering how much I should charge!
  2. stephen424

    stephen424 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 730

    go to craigslist in your area and see what other guys are charging. that's what you should charge
  3. K&L Landscaping

    K&L Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 657

    Wow, first welcome to Lawnsite! It's going to be difficult for any of us to answer your question because it is rather vague. Lawns come in all sizes and shapes and customers may want different services. Also, unless we have a member on here from your neck of the woods, there is no way to know what the market will bear in your area.

    Give us a little more info and we will try to help you.
  4. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,660

    My average is 48.30 dollars a yard.
  5. WorldsStrongestLandscaper

    WorldsStrongestLandscaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 243

    I say 45 with commercials for my area
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  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    Only you can figure out how much to charrge in order to cover exspenses & turn a profit. I won't drop the gate on my trailer fr less than $35-40. Depending how many lawns I have at that stop on my route.
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  7. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 994

    40-50. I have a couple postage stamps at 35, but I really can't see stopping for anything less than 40.
  8. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,814

    hello there
    as far what you can charge will depend in property size small properties will go for 25-35 :confused:
    what inspired you to come to this industry :waving:
  9. BestImpressions99

    BestImpressions99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 491

    The simple thing to remember is every dollar you make to put 25-30% back for taxes (closer to 30 actually), 20% for insurance, 20% for fuel, 20% for repairs and eventually new machines. I think there was an extra 5% for something else... anyway, even with 10 for your pocket, if a lawn costs 20 to do guess what, you have 2 dollars in your pocket free and clear. Doesn't sound like alot but guess what, it's the truth.
  10. crazymike

    crazymike LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 454


    What others can charge is not reflective of what you can charge.

    A big company might be desperate to fill a void in their schedule. They can do the job at $30 an hour. They don't make money, but keep their guys busy.

    You might not be able to even do the work for $30 an hour. Then all of a sudden you're stuck doing a job and losing money.

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