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$60 too much for a ONE time clean-up??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by two-niner, Mar 30, 2002.

  1. two-niner

    two-niner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I am going out on my own this spring for the first time, and I had my first "real" customer (real meaning not friends or family) call and ask how much for a spring clean-up. I go and look at her yard, and I tell her that it will probably take my worker and I about 1 hour, and it would cost about $60 ($30/man hour).

    She says, "wow, $60, I didn't think it would be so expensive, I don't think I'll have it done". Needless to say, since she was my first real lead, I'm pretty disappointed. This is in a middle to upper-class part of town, too. What was she expecting, a $15, $20, $30 clean-up?

    I sure hope there aren't too many people out there expecting to get something for nothing. Is $30/ man hour really that expensive?? I know what my work is worth, I don't want to sell myself short. What should I do in the future??

    I sure hope
  2. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    your price not too expensive. stick to it.

    luck of the draw with estimates. some people reasonable, others not.

    by the way, don't tell her how long you expect it to take. just give price.
  3. McNeal Lawn

    McNeal Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    Next time don't give your manhours, just say the clean up will be $60.00. Stay with your pricing, customers do not need to know how long it will take you to do a job.

    LAWNS AND MOWER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,129

    Since you're just starting out, I assume that you are advertising. Expect to run into alot of these penny pinchers. They probably called 2 or 3 other people besides yourself. Be patient. I'll take a while to build up your business. As for your question, $30/hour is very reasonable. McNeal makes a very good point. If you can help it, DON'T give them a hourly rate. This can scare people off even though we are worth every penny.

  5. toby

    toby LawnSite Member
    from ontario
    Messages: 66

    Without knowing your equip. set-up it is possible that because you are just starting out you neither have the proper equip or experience to do the job in a reasonable time. Perhaps the job could be done in 30 min with proper equip.. If this is so you must lower your bid to compensate.
  6. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    I agree with the rest of replies, stick to pricing, but don`t tell how long it will take. She might have went for it if you didn`t tell her how long it would take. They don`t know how long it will take, some think they do, but don`t, and some think you can do it quicker because of equiptment or help, they will also want it cheaper.:(
    Also sometimes a cleanup will take a lot more time than even you think it will take.:eek:

    BGRANT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    Sounds like you received good advice on this one.
    Clean-ups are alot of work.I can't remember the last fall clean-up that I have done for less than
    60.00.You have to let those comments you receive
    roll off your back.I have had customers say to do it after crying about the price.They don't want to
    do it!Hey were talking manual labor here.And that cost we can't give it away!Stick to your guns.I love going by there house after they decide to do it thereselves.They saved 100.00 but there out there a week to get the job done.
    Brian Grant.
  8. Twotoros

    Twotoros LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 494

    And it might have took two hours plus a dump run. Therefore under-priced.
  9. jettabug

    jettabug LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    I don't think that your price is overly high, I think that you are just on mark, here in NH that is the going rate, and maybe a little higher.
    Never underestimate you time and don't be affraid to give your price, if your work is good and the customer goes with you it will pay you back double. Word of mouth is always the best advertisement. You may not get every job, don't cut yourself short just to get the account, if they complain about the price they will most likely have other complaints after the hire.
  10. RMDoyon

    RMDoyon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    Your rates are your rates.
    I just landed a cleanup for $127, Probably take about 45 minutes with a BP blower and the Walker but when its done she'll be tickled pink.
    Plus 5 yards of mulch for $305 (cost delivered $145) this will take about 1 hour again using the Walker with bucket.

    Everything was priced with PITA in mind and therefore I am happy to do it all at a very nice profit.


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