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Another pricing question, full meal deal

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by matthew horner, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    This year I've taken on a couple of "full maintenance programs". Mowing, edging, pruning ornamentals, mulch or pinestraw as needed, weeding, fert. aeration, limb removal..........thats about it.

    I know this is not uncommon, but since I'm getting MORE of these calls, and this seems lucritive to me, what are the prices like on these contracts, monthly. I'm talking basic yuppie residentials.

    Lawn takes about 20 mins on/off trailer. Approx 25 ornamentals none bigger than me.......you know the deal.

    All of my prices come out to about 90-140/month. Something seems low about this to me.

    Looking for someone with experience here.
  2. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,905

    Very low, Matt I'd look at how much time you spend on the extras and factor it in to your pricing structure..

    Example: Weekly mowing, including, edging,trimming, and blow off..$ $35
    Bed maint EOW $15
    Pruning monthly $25 and so on... Have a price for everything, on your sheet, and on theirs, just give them the total price monthly for all of the services. That can avoid itemized sticker shock..
  3. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    I do the billing monthly, same price, but I'm responsible fo the appearance, so I do a good job. Granted, i haven't made it through winter like this, but I feel like I'm getting ripped off.
  4. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Then charge more, sounds like a simple answer to me. You have to be happy with the $$ that you are making, not just making the customer happy.
  5. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    ..................yeah but I picking up new ones and want to price higher if I'm not in the market.
  6. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    I guess my question is what is the going rate and for what services?
  7. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    We only accept new clients if they sign a contract including maintenance, spring/fall cleanup, and 2 annual trimmings. Maintenance is the ONLY thing that is billed monthly. every other service is billed and due upon completion. We charge hourly for trimming, plus dumping. :cool:
  8. MWE

    MWE LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 48

    We start at $125 a month for residential (12 months) for maintaince, and all other materials (grass seed, fertlizer, mulch or pine needles, etc..) and jobs are extra.
    $125 is for a 30 min. job, unload, mow, trim, blow, load.

    Hope this helps you get an idea on how to charge year round.
  9. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    Yeah, thats what i'm looking for. Except i spice it up with light pruning, gutter cleaning.............

  10. economiclawncare

    economiclawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 143

    you should be at atleast $200 a month. Factor in the time that it takes you to do the other jobs and go with that. Remember once you are making enough to support your family all new client prices are to be higher then the ones that you have now. B.c now you arent struggling for work so it is better to make an even bigger profit.

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