1 Acre Lots

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DanielRoden, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. DanielRoden

    DanielRoden LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Iv'e been getting some calls on mowing some 1 acre lots here lately and was wondering what everyone else was charging. Iv'e been told to charge anywhere from 75 to 100 dollars per acre here in Texas but my customers don't want to pay anywhere close to that. Usually I charge around 60 dollars per acre for just straight mowing but I think I'm gonna have to charge 75 minimum from now on. I can cut 2 acres per hour with my mower and my customers feel they are getting ripped off because I get the job done so fast. If they only new the amount of money it takes to run this kind of business.
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    That's why I specialize in small lots, whole lot easier to figure out and I can get
    $30 in 20 minutes in the shade, why should I bust my tail in 90 degree weather
    for two hours for the same lousy $20, if they don't want to pay more that's fine
    by me I just tell them to call someone else.
  3. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    Sounds like you have to know your customers better. Meaning that if they are a doctor, engineer, etc where they make over 50K a year $75 a cut isn't a whole big deal. Now ask that to a widowed old lady, living of her husband's pention or the Blue Collar factory laborer, they will look at you like you lost your mind.
  4. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    $50 is the going rate for an acre here and each additional acre is around $35.
  5. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,398

    i charge $50 for a 1/2 acre...usually try to charge $75 for 1 acre...sometimes you may have to come down to $65....the reality is the bigger the yard the less money you make...i did a 3 acre yard and made $150...so that's $50 per acre...it goes down per acre the more you do....people just aren't willing to pay that much....i would shoot for $75 if you can.
  6. flex deck

    flex deck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Here in the upper midwest, seems like $45 (minimum bid) for the first acre followed by $25-$35 for the additional acres depending on clutter is the norm. Any thoughts of bidding more will just result in an exercise of futility and an extra stamp. Pretty much don't bid much anymore. Just let word of mouth work, and when they call present those #'s, and I get some, and I don't get some.
  7. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    HOLY MOLY MAN,,,,,,, that's wayyyyy to much, here we charge 45 to 55 PA.

    depending on creeks and such....

    we can rough cut a 10 acer lot in about 2 hrs. this leaves us right at 250 per hour

    Something as small as 1 acer I really would n't even mess with
  8. DanielRoden

    DanielRoden LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Good information guys. No wonder I'm getting so many calls on these lots when my local competition is charging 75 pa and I have been charging 60. Are prices generally the same for rough cut and finished cut?
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  9. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    I think the big question is what type of equipment are you using? If you are using something that can get the job done in about an hr, then your price is about par. An acre shouldn't require you to be at that prop for more then an hour, including trimming and edging.

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