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What to charge for leaf cleanup??

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by iamthelawnbarber, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. iamthelawnbarber

    iamthelawnbarber LawnSite Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 87

    What is the going rate for leaf cleanup on a 1 acre property? I have 1 property with about 30-40 trees. Do you charge per hour?
    Thanks!
     
  2. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,930

    I think it varies quite a bit depending on what part of the country you are in. It seems the Northern fellas/gals get more per man-hour than us Southern boys/girls. In my neck of the woods...it averages $25 to $50 per man-hour.
     
  3. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,004

    hourly. whatever the minimum wage is in your area... charge about $2/hr less. thats how these "Southern boys/girls" charge.

    now if you think you ought to make a $1 minute a driving your $10k mower over the yards in the summer, then shouldnt you charge at least that much to drive it over the yards in the fall? or do you like to give yourself a demotion when the temps cool down?

    now, if youre one of the many "professionals" that uses a $5 fischer price rake from walmart... then please refer back to the first paragraph of this post.
     
  4. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,930

    Well...Brian....no, I dont want to....what was it..."demote myself". But I havent met anyone who charges over $50 per man hour...of course we are just dumb Okies. The real problem is ALL the guys who charge about $10 per hour. Thank God I dont have one of those $10,000 mowers to pay for this off-season.
     
  5. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,004

    you could always be the first. we were. at least charge whatever the highest rate in your area ($50 if thats what someone else is charging). then tell all the $10/hr guys how they aint gonna make a that $million a year they keep dreaming of.... but since youre charging 5x as much you might make it.
     
  6. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,930

    I lost the leaf business of one of my mowing customers this past year. When I saw him in the spring to mow, he said he used a mexican crew. There were four of them and they worked four hours...16 manhours...they only charged $150. I dont know how they stay in business.
     
  7. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,004

    they prolly wont for long and the guy will call you back. weve had several customers quit for someone cheaper. lots have called back within a year wanting us back. they were even willing to pay a slightly higher price to get back on the schedule. if he dont call you back then you prolly dont want him for a customer anyways. go find customers that appreciate you and are willing to pay you what it cost you to stay in biz.
     
  8. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    If they do good work and the customer is happy with it he will probably stay with them. They will be in business for a long time since there not like most Americans. We were raised by are parents to be independent, go to school, College, and move out and get are own place. They live like **** roaches 15 or more in a 2 bedroom apartment or house. So if you look at it the way they do thats $37.00 for each of them or $9.25 an hour about $7 an hour more than the would make in Mexico where the average rate of pay is $2.50 an hour. Split your rent 15 way's and you can see how they will stay in business. I don't like it anymore than the rest of you but that's how it is.
     
  9. The Cutting Edge

    The Cutting Edge LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    You definately need to be charging 60.00 an hour if you are skilled... Everyone that is skilled should be charging that... Thats what is wrong with this business people should charge the same so we all make money and theres no lowballers..
     
  10. LTL

    LTL LawnSite Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 98

    Lawnprosteveo
    I've heard of guys charging 65-75 here in Tulsa. I know that sounds ridiculous but I've heard it a number of times. I only charged 35 and I thought that was a lot until I heard what some of the others were charging. Also, if you or anybody you know needs a good Billy Goat leaf vac, I have one for sale.
     

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