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Whats the going rate for pricing lawns?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by HealyLawns33, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. HealyLawns33

    HealyLawns33 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    Im just getting started with a friend of mine this season and I have a pretty good idea of what the average price is to mow a lawn. I was in the business about 6 years ago, and obviously a few things have changed since then as far as the economy, fuel, etc...

    We're not trying to become the biggest company in the area or anything like that, but we would like to think we could make a few bucks this season with 25-30 lawns or so.

    Im in Southeastern Mass, so anyone close by, Im interested in your knowledge, advice and so on.
  2. SkyLawncare

    SkyLawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    I'm just starting out as well. As I begin to realize how expensive it is to run a legitimate business, not to mention the fuel prices lately, I don't think I'll do a residential lawn for less than 35.00. If they want to hire someone for 25.00 then I don't need them as a customer. When you factor in the difference in income between a 30.00 cut, and a 35.00 cut, the difference over the course of a year is substantial. My first concern as a business owner is not to give the customer a screaming deal, my job is to make sure that I can sustain my business and generate a profit so I can continue enjoying what I wake up for in the morning every day. :)

    Now, if you have customers pay cash, pay no taxes on income and work uninsured with a push mower, then I guess you could undercut the pros and steal some business that way.
  3. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    I have been in it for a while now.......

    I am about twice as much as most around town, " and have been told so many times "

    However, the service I provide includes spraying for ants, spraying around your home,
    spraying the lawn for weeds, weeding out the flower beds, trimming the hedges, blowing everything off including the A/C Compressor.....
    We provide fert, and when needed we will have your soil samples tested.
    As a rule we cut any tree limb that will strike us while we walk under it..

    Many have complained about our prices, however, once they see the work there blowned away.......

    the service I provide is NOT for everyone.

    I will NOT take the mow and blow accounts......

    therefor it cost me money to provide these "EXTRA" services.....

    My lowest account is 60.00 now mind ya, we dont have 1/4 acer lots here.

    so when you think about what the going rate is...... the question that comes to my mind is What are you going to do ?

    Everyone around town knows that when you call King Lawn care out, be ready to pay the big bucks, but you will have the nicest lawn on the block....

    you can aim you company any direction you wish it to go........

    If ya want to be a mow and blow....then your just a little above the Kid down the street with a mower.....
    and this is where you will stay, Simply because of the rep you will recive......

    Good Luck
  4. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    Prices are lower than 6 yrs ago for mowing. I would get into to the landscaping side so you can make some money. Good luck
  5. Whitetail Landscaping  MA

    Whitetail Landscaping MA LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    We charge no less than $30.00 for a lawn, the kind that takes you 15 to 20 minutes from start to finish with 1 guy. About 1/4 of an acre. Hopefully this helps you! Whitetail
  6. cutall1

    cutall1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    Im from scituate to, Im just starting.
  7. HealyLawns33

    HealyLawns33 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    Thanks everyone. I've been hearing about $40 for the average sized lawn which is a about a 1/4 acre around here, give or take. I guess the only true way to find out is to see how the customers re-act.
    Thanks again.
  8. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,785

    nice to see everyone listened when you asked for guys from the area, texas, illinois, florida, all good and helpfull threads since they are in totally different areas of the country.

    from CT, your neigboring state we have many simularities, my min is $35 and my average is somewhere near $45, havent checked it for this year. good luck
  9. juicygrass

    juicygrass LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    If you cut a lawn in 30minutes for around 35dollars.can someone give me justification to where the 35 dollars is spent.I'm a little confused.I'm asking for a break down.
  10. SDelPrete

    SDelPrete LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    you have to pay tax to government
    gas in your truck, gas in your equiment
    wear and tear on your equitment and truck
    insurance on everything
    plus you need to make some money after all that is done

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