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Another reason not to charge for leaves by the hour

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HOOLIE, Nov 13, 2004.

  1. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Customer called me yesterday "How much do I owe you for the last round of leaves? I'm out here doing some more now (Veteran's Day, she's off work). Right now I am part of the downtrodden, the stepped-upon, charger of leaves by the hour. Next year new policies will be in place, a total price for the season. Too late now. I am sure if she was paying a flat rate she wouldn't be out on her day off "helping" me.
     
  2. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    thats why I charge by tarp! $35 a tarp, minimum 2 tarps.
     
  3. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Still though, a customer could do some of the work and leave you with less money. Only a fixed price can ensure that they won't lift a finger. Now this particular customer, you'd have to see her property, I don't know what she can do with a rake and some bags, she's clearly outgunned.
     
  4. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 714

    You try to help out the customer by charging only for time worked and they try to weasel you down in price with their getting involved in the task at hand = NOT COOL
    Charging a flat rate for the job will certainly put an end to that practice just be sure to consult your records when figuring out what that flat rate will be and maybe building in a % for aggravation.
    I personally only charge a flat rate but NONE of my customers want to pick up a rake, that is why they have hired the job done.

    BobR
     
  5. brentsawyer

    brentsawyer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    The way I have figured and told customers is that I have done lawns 5-6 times faster with my equipment vs. the there method. Since I charge a flat hourly rate $60, I tell them I hope your time is worth more than $10-12.50 per hour. Mostly all agree, a few will do a little and the majority of those after a little while realize its not worth it. The ones that do there own completely, I make up for with fall only cleanup customers only who call me late summer to make sure that I'll be cleaning their lawns in the fall.
     

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