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What you charge?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by bcowl, Dec 14, 2005.

  1. bcowl

    bcowl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    Hello, I am new to this site and would simple like your imput. In your business, what do you usually charge for your services? I would also like to know what area your business is in just for reference with your prices. I would appreciate any response! thank you
  2. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 850

    It depends on many things, what the customer wants me to do, how much mowing there is, trimming, frequency of mowing etc.
  3. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,563

    we have a base labor rate of $35.00/hr for a base labor.. then we add for machines... mower.. truck.. weedeater.. etc..

    we inclide nonmotorized hand tools in our base rate.

    for anything specalized (design.. irrigation troubleshooting.. pesticide application...) we charge $65.00 per man hour.
  4. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    45 bucks, lawns
  5. ooo

    ooo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 235

    Im in Pittsburgh. For landscaping work I try and estimate how long I thought the job would take and how many man hours to do the job. I charge no less then $30 man/hr depending on how big the job is and what kind of feel I get from the customer. If I believe the customer will give more work Ill stick to the 30/hr mark. If get a bad vibe from them and think they're trying to be cheap, have an attitude, or feel I could care less if I get the job, I bid higher. I add material cost, and add a few dollars for equipment wear-n-tear and gas. For plants, mulch and other materials, I mark prices up a bit to cover any unexpected costs. Grass cutting I bid about the same way.
  6. The Cowboy

    The Cowboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 617

    Minimum $55 per hour, lawns. I get $65 on average. Some places are bigger and the clients a little cheap, but I cant complain.
    Labor is a minimum of $25 per hour for me. If I bid a job, I get $40 and up. I have some clients that have me work enough hours every year that $25 is the way to go else they couldn't afford it as easily. I just rack up the hours spent every month, and send them a bill. I am competing against many scrubs and large companies they are all between $16 and $30 per hour. I try to fall in the middle. Remember this is Illinois and the immigrants outnumber the Americans in my area.
  7. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    OK Cowboy let me get this correctly.......
    You don't mow a lawn for less than $55.00 an hour but it usualy takes you more than an hour so you average $65.00 a mow job.
    But if you pull weeds to then it's $25.00 an hour.
    But if you bid a labor job then
    (not mowing say shoveling dirt or digging a ditch or cleaning an outhouse )
    you get $40.00 and up an hour.
    Right so far?
    BUT if you have a client that uses you more than a few hours a year..then you charge them $25.00 an hour instead of $40.00
    cuz if they used you more than a few hours a year they could not afford $40.00 an hour for your work.
    Is this a correct interpretation of your charges?
  8. The Ripper

    The Ripper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 132

    You guys make my head hurt.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    Not sure why you do this. The more you work the less you make.
    I see this as saying that they can not pay you, so you work cheap, so you also can't pay anybody either.
  10. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210


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