We charge $9.99 plus tax per 1000/sq ft. Minium charge is $75 for properties under 3,000 sq. ft.
We like the Lesco Aeration machines beacause they have the Honda motors. If we are to fert ./seed ect.. then each item is charge accordingly.
Aerators here cost $11.00 per hour with a 2 hr. minimum to rent. I would dearly love to be able to look at my 5000 sq ft. cutomers and say "$120.00" but come on! There is a point there where you don't want to alienate customers or potential customers. We get 40 for a 5000 sg ft lawn. It takes maybe 15 to 20 minutes to do. Maybe my market is depressed, maybe there are too many guys running around with aerators
$40 for 5000 sf?? Over half that is cost of seed and fert. alone. Not to mention gas and depreciation on aerator. 15 minutes? How many people? 1 person will take longer that 15 min. 2 or more people at 15 min. each adds up to 3/4 of an hour. You would only make about $10. You better have another job part time. Most anyone aerating alone would make more than that without any seed. Sounds like you've sold into the theory that you're not worth anything more. You can find customers that will pay more. Leave the cheap skates alone and find some better paying customers. I had people this year that thought I would do all that aerating and supply seed and fert. and do it for almost nothing. I gave them my bids and some I got the jobs and some I didn't. But I made more overall and had less expense. Word of mouth that you are that cheap will get you plenty of business but no profits.