12 foot hedges pricing for trim

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by valley boy, Mar 5, 2005.

  1. valley boy

    valley boy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    A customer wants me to cut his 12 foot high cedar hedges . Mainly on the top only needs on a little trimming on the sides.He will provide scaffolding on wheels to help out . I estimate two guys 8-10 hrs no disposal required.
    he said he paid last guy a couple of years ago $200 bucks , whats fair ???
  2. HayBay

    HayBay LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 846

    10 hours at $20 is $200. If you are using 2guys thats $10 an hour each.
    Doesn't seem like much. Don't foget whos paying for the gas.

    Wheeled Scaffold and on grass? I would be careful.
  3. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    in linear feet how much hedges does he have. Height isn't the only concern.

    200 linear feet I would laugh hysterically at him.

    20 feet I would say sure.

    Most people on here charge between $45 -$75 per man hour if that helps. PLUS disposal fees.
  4. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    What's your hourly rate? If you have one, you know whether it's a good deal for you or not. If you don't have an hourly rate, there's a pretty good chance that whatever a homeowner offers you is good for him/her and crap for you.
  5. new2nash

    new2nash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    Two guys. 9 hrs.= 18 hours labor. The lowest possible man hour rate I could conceive of that could possibly make a profit in even the worst market would be $30 per man hour. If it doesn't pay $500 I'd forget it. My bid, provided I figured on 18 hours labor would be $750. Where's the guy that he paid $200? Licking his wounds from the loss and hiding so the guy doesn't call him again.
  6. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    In my area it would go for around 400 bucks if I were lucky. That is why I have fazed out all my shrubbery work except a very few on contract that dont mine paying (gasp) 40 per hour.
  7. Mycannon

    Mycannon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    8 to 10 hours on some hedges how many acres of hedges are you cutting for 2 guys and you think its 8 to 10 hours I would charge at least 700 to 900. How big are these hedges, and what kind of equipment are you using.
  8. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    If I did 18 man hours of work, the bill would be in the $700-800 range.
  9. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    Valleyboy - private message me, I'll help you out more.. You're in my area..
  10. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    At 16 to 20 man hours, count on 20, for a residental? I'd bid around $800, maybe more, maybe less; depends on the terrain and how bad I wanted the work.

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