$/Acre or $/Hour

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by WenzelOSLLC, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. WenzelOSLLC

    WenzelOSLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 709

    I'm starting a new business and would like to know how I should quote my prices, by the lot size (acre, 1000 sft, etc) or by time (hour or min)? I'm looking at both residential and commercial accounts. Should I use by the acre for acre or more lots and time for the small residential? Thanks in advance.
  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    On larger properties I would price by the acre. On my residentials I guess it is more by the hour, I have done this now for a while so I can just look at a yard and tell how much it is going to be and not really have to think about it.
  3. capnsac

    capnsac LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 702

    $65 for the first acre $30 for each additional acre.
  4. capnsac

    capnsac LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 702

    With residential your route is key, price comes second. If you have a group of houses than you can price them $1-2 lower and make them think they're getting a good deal when you are the one knocking out 3 houses at $30 a house in one hour.
  5. WenzelOSLLC

    WenzelOSLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 709

    Thanks for the advice. I was planning on charging around $30 minimum for my residential, maybe $25 if I can get 2 or 3 on the same block. They're roughly 5000ft square and I figure I could cut each one in about 10-15 min with my 52". I have a helper who would do the trimming to help cut down on time. Does that sound about right to you guys?
  6. capnsac

    capnsac LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 702

    If you can get away with $28 per lawn and have all three than that's where I would put the price at. Think of it this way. If you have those 3 lawns and earn an extra $3 a piece ($28 vs $25) you will earn an extra $270 from those three lawns by the end of the season. Take that by 30 lawns and your talking 2700 bucks extra income, for the same houses. Always, always think long-term.
  7. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
    Messages: 979

    When you price lawns its your best guess most of the time. I try to make $50-60 an hour when cutting anything under and acre I try to price out by hour. When it comes to over an acre I try to do about the same, but $50-65 for the first acre and $25-30 additional depending on the trimming amount seem about right.
  8. silvercitylandscapes

    silvercitylandscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    We try to get $60-65 per hr for mowing..

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