What's a Fair Price?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mowman, Sep 19, 2001.

  1. Mowman

    Mowman LawnSite Senior Member
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    To aerate a 2 acre lawn how much would you all charge? I know most of you are charging $10.00 per 1000sq.ft. At that rate the cost would be Heart Stopping to most people, not ? Wouldn't that be like $800.00 ? Thanks for your input. I need to submit this bid on 9/20.
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    43.56x$10.00x2 = 871.20. That's pretty cheap for 2 acres. Aerating is an expensive process and service. Actually, I go at $15 per m.
  3. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    You mean to tell me your time is not worth $400 per hour? ;)

    Some will say they can command that price...

    The consensus seems to be 3-4 times the mow price.
  4. plow kid

    plow kid Banned
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    I gotta agree with you mowman, in N.W. Ohio people would have a coronary at that price, we average around $65.00 for 10k no seed or fert, but then again it also depends what you are aerating with a 20" wb or a 60" pull behind.
  5. DanG

    DanG LawnSite Member
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    If someone told me it would cost that much do do my yard I'd laugh them right off of it.:)

    I can see maybe three times what the mowing would be. Example for one acre.
    $50.00 lawn care
    around $150.00 to aerate

    You can rent an aerater for $35.00 a day up here.
    If I told them it was some outragous price thats just what they'd do.

    Dan G.
  6. NC Big Daddy

    NC Big Daddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 267

    So let me guess....You'll core 2 acres for $65....Guess you'll mow the thing for $35. Well Geeeeee you'd be making $17.50 a hour right. :rolleyes: It's no wonder some of you guys can't make a living.
    Try this charge $10 per k (or what ever) and give the person 10% off per acre. But dont sell yourself short! Do a good job and get paid for it.
  7. HBFOXJr

    HBFOXJr LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Figure out how long to do including travel etc, cost of machine and charge a flat rate equal to $100/hr more or less.

    I charge $85 for the 1st 5K and then $10/k. Takes care of travel and marking sprinklers and invisible dog fences.

    When you start getting 3/4 acre and bigger you get some production efficiency. But remember, for any given machine you can only get so much done per hour no matter how big or how easy.
  8. plow kid

    plow kid Banned
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    Umm NO! around $200-$250 for aerating, as for cutting most likely around $75-100

    Actually I average $1.00 a minnute for mowing/trimming

  9. grassman50

    grassman50 Banned
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    i would say that a fair price would be at least three times the cost of a mowing. If you charge like $50.00 for an acres worth of mowing, which is average for me, then charge $150.00 to aerate. And it also depends on what equipment you are using. if you are using a walk behind blue- bird, plan on doing nothing for the next couple days afterwards cause you will be worn to H@@L! So charge like $200.00 If you are using something simple, like a pull behind, charge like $150.00, and get out of there fast and move on to the next job.
  10. RMDoyon

    RMDoyon LawnSite Member
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    First of all...
    Since when does the price of mowing have anything to do with the aeration market? There is no connection whatsoever, especially from a costing standpoint.

    Mowing is a commodity, which means lower margins. Aerating is a specialty, which means high margins.

    Everyone owns a mower, almost no one owns an aerater. Which means for a typical homeowner a trip to a rental yard, if he's lucky after waiting in line there's one in stock. Then gets to dump it into the back of his car/truck with the rental yard help and hopefully there's help at the other end to lift it out and back in. Never mind actually running the thing.
    Around here these things go for $60 per day and yearly aerating is mandatory in these hard clay soils.

    Today I aerated two lawns.

    The first one was 12890 sf. I charged him $174.34 he got several quotes and I got the job.

    The second lawn was 12591SF. I charged Her $172.24 for aeration, $108.02 for overseeding and $57.08 for fertilization.

    I grossed $511.68 for 4 hours (including drive time).

    My equipment will core at over an acre an hour flat out but in reality each of these yards took one hour each with many obstacles and curves.


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