alittle off topic, but, what would u charge for this?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by FrankenScagMachines, Aug 24, 2004.

  1. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Ok here's the deal, this lady is the boss at a nursing home in my town. she lives north of here 45 minutes. her mother lives south of here 45 minutes, or her house is there rather. Her mother is in this nursing home the lady works at and the mother is being transferred to assisted living in my town. The mother's house has been sold but an auction is going to be held there for furniture and such. This lady wants some of her furniture moved to her mother's for the auction and some of her mother's stuff moved to her house to be kept, and some of her mother's stuff to be taken to the assisted living apartment. so, she needs some furniture moved from a place 45 minutes north of here to 45 minutes south of here, then some from the south place back to the north place and one stop on the way from south to north, to a place in my town. We'll be using my truck and trailer and i'll have a helper. I'd say about 5 hrs into this, 6 at absolute most. What would be a fair amount to charge? I asked what she had in mind to pay and she said "at least $500". I don't want to take advantage, but in my mind i've never felt like i was taking advantage if the customer thought they got a fair deal. Now, i'm not sure but the price may be charged to the nursing home/assisted living place, which probably goes to the insurance?
    I think $500 would be more than enough for the job, don't you? LOL.... Thats about $100/hr. for truck, trailer, me and a helper.
    what ya all think? i know what i'm gonna do but what would you do?
  2. Timbo

    Timbo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    If she can afford it, and that's what she wants to pay you, GO FOR IT! If you feel guilty, take your helper(s) out for a beer when you are finished.
  3. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    I'm 17, my helper is 18. Neither of us drink anyway.

    The job was referred to me by a friend who works under this lady. I'll ask her if she thinks the price will be billed to the nursing home place or not. if it is, i won't worry about it. If not, hey thats what the lady said she'd pay right?
  4. jug head

    jug head LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    do it--and sleep good--She set the price--and it's cheaper to pay you $500 than for her to buy a truck and trailer--Plus she trust that you won't destroy her stuff-- Credability is worth alot to some folks.
  5. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    If the $100.00 an hour is what you need to make per hour mowing then go for it. If you get it done sooner then expected you can give her a break on the price. I would be concerned about damage to the items with you not being a commercial mover.

  6. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Messages: 2,869

    Just make sure you don't damage anything. Make a note of any damaded furniture before you load it etc. so you are not held responsible.
  7. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,915

    First of all, you'll have about 3 hours alone in drive time. That gives you 2 to 3 hours to load, unload the furniture. How much furniture is there? What if it can't be done in one trip, then it will cost YOU money to do it in drive time alone. Do you have enough wraps to use on all the furniture? What happens if something is damaged? Who is responsible? Using blankets and sheets won't cut it when wrapping furniture up to avoid damage. You really need the thick cloths they designed for moving.

    Personally, although it COULD be good money, it could ALSO be a sour job. I know you want to help, but are you an LCO or a moving company? Just explain that as much as you'd love to help out, it just isn't a variation of work you get into.
  8. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    Another thing to consider is how heavy is the furniture? Do you have enough help? I know your young but hurting your back isn't worth $500. Just make sure you got enough help. Also, bring plenty of tarps in case it decides to rain.:)
  9. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    She described what furniture was to go, i can easily get it in one load. I've helped lots of people move before but never for money (just helping friends/family). Peice of cake for the money. She already is getting the small stuff today, it's not like moving a whole house or anything. I've got furniture coverings covered. Like i said i already know what i'm going to do just seeing what you all would do and see if maybe you would think of something i forgot- but Randy's post did remind me i need to buy more tie down straps.
  10. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Mike heaviest thing is an electric bed. I may go ahead and get another guy to help cuz that'll be heavy and I want to get this done in a timely manner and get back to other important things i had planned for the weekend.

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