What would you charge to mow this lot?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Doublewide6, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. Doublewide6

    Doublewide6 LawnSite Member
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    79,104 sqft. Half the lot is a steep hill, but I could mow it with my zero turn. There are 40-50 small trees spread out all over the yard with no mulch around them, and the house has no mulch around it, so there would be a fair amount of weedwacking (about 25 minutes.) Because the property is in the country the homeowner only needs weedwacking once every 5-6 weeks. It should take about 70 minutes to mow it weekly. Here is the lot.
    http://www.zillow.com/homes/2954-Fensamaus-Ct.-Fogelsville-pa_rb/
     
  2. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,227

    well i pretty much charge a dollar a minute so you say its gunna take 70 minutes start to finish... Boom theres your price $70
     
  3. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 750

    How far off your normal route is this house?

    From the looks of it, that mowing alone will take you 90+ minutes with a zero turn by yourself, 2-2.5 hours with trimming blowing sidewalk/driveway.

    If this is a weekly account, I'd charge $100 per cut, if it's every 2 weeks, $125-140.
     
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  4. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,142

    How big is your ztr? I think it would take longer than your estimate to mow trim blow...even if you arent trimming everything every week. I would be higher than you are for sure.
     
  5. Jimer

    Jimer LawnSite Member
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    75 per cut. That should cover weed eating every couple of weeks. As long as the homeowner is happy with that if you have to weed eat weekly i would do it for about 90.
     
  6. Doublewide6

    Doublewide6 LawnSite Member
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    This house is on the route, I do 3 other houses on the same street. That is why I want this job. Because the homeowners mower is not working, I mowed the lawn today and it took 70 minutes, and the grass was high on the hill because it was not mowed for about 2 weeks. There is also a good size section that is not mowed because the homeowner let it go into like a nature preserve or something? It will take me 70 minutes or less with no trimming. He wants me to do it next year, so I am making sure I have a good fair price for both parties.
     
  7. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 750

    Well, if it's on your route, I'd charge $75. $90 with trimming.
     
  8. Golfpro21

    Golfpro21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 563

    charge what you are happy with, as long as you are making enough money to cover your overhead and feel happy making what your making doing that job.
     
  9. LibertyFarmLandscaping

    LibertyFarmLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE TX
    Posts: 1,062

    If its close to the same size as the other customers on that street you need to charge close to the same. Neighbors talk and they won't be too happy with you if you give the guy a better deal.
     
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    Probably in the $75 to $85 range. Your mowing time will likely go down after you've done it a few times. I find I can get my times down about 20% from what my first cut took. I would do the trimming more often though to make it look good, maybe not every single area every time, but enough to make it look neat. I have one about that size that takes about that long that I do for $55 but they're a military couple so I give them a pretty good break on it.
     

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