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average rate for aeration

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Byerley, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. Byerley

    Byerley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    What so you guys charge for aeration I have a customer that wants his 5000 sq ft yard done really not sure what to charge
  2. jastro324

    jastro324 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    For 5000 sq ft and under I am right around $45 and $50
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  3. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    I remember trying to figure this out.

    What I figured was that time to aerate would be close to the time for mowing.

    I can rent an aerator for $45 half day, $90 full day.

    So if I can schedule 4 aeratings in 1 day the rental cost would get split over the 4 jobs.

    Though there would be times where I would have to rent the aerator for only 1 job.

    So rental costs could be as high as $45 for a job or $22.50 per job.

    After using an aerator the first time you will realize that $35 to do a lawn is good money, though $35 is no where enough to aerate that lawn.

    So to cover the harder work and rental I charge $100 + the price to mow = Aerating Price.

    $35 lawn is $135 to aerate.

    $60 lawn is $160 to aerate.

    Yes I will make a little less profit when I only do 1 lawn and make a little more profit when I do multiple lawns. Though I have consistent pricing. You do four lawns one day. Then next week one of their friends wants you to do their lawn. Customer does not want to hear you are charging him more then his friend when they have the same size property.
  4. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,280

    Wanna sub mine out?
    That is an inexpensive price.

    I would be looking $65 or so.
  5. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 940

    I have a decent lawn aire. I bought it for my own use. I run it for a few folks now and then. It seems when I unload and run it all the neighbors come running to talk to me about their lawns too. I have aerated lawns for friends for $25 and I have done customer's lawns for $100 and said "next time I need another 50 on that" to the customer. Aerating is a bad job-like being the guy who has to carry King's Blocks 50 foot from the truck. It sucks.

    If I was to market and sell the service I would want no less than $75 for ANY lawn. 5K I would offer that price and remind the customer that a pitch fork can do 5K in less than an hour on a Sunday. This time of year the weather is cool and Nascar is on the AM. Tell them to try it themselves. Yes folks, thatch can be raked easily and soil has been loosened by hands for centuries.

    Aerating and garden tilling SUCK. $75 is not out of line in my neck of the woods.
  6. andersman02

    andersman02 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 576

    5k at $75, 10k @ $150.

    Do yourself a favor and buy your own aerator.
  7. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    120-160 seems to be about average for 10k. Smaller yards don't really get much of a price break so 5k would be about 80-100 which would still be a great price for the customer versus doing it themselves. 45 dollars to rent one half day, time and gas picking up and dropping off, and ball busting labor.

    For my house, sometimes my neighbors (3-5) and I will split a full day rental, but most of the time I just wait until somebody comes around on a Saturday saying they are doing aeration's in the neighborhood today and can get it done for about 50.
  8. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,001

    I've heard guys on here say to charge double what it would be to mow, but that still doesn't seem like enough, especially if you're having to rent a machine.
  9. andersman02

    andersman02 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 576

    For small lawns maybe. Say we charge 45 for a 20k yard.... 90 for aeration? No thanks
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  10. Great advice on buying. That's what I did.

    My minimum is $125 for 2-3K. That is still a good deal for the HO.

    My local rental place is $45 for 1/2 day. Then they have to go pick up and bring back so lets say another $20 gas plus the drive time. Then, they have to do the actual work. So you have $65 in actual money spent plus 2-3 hours of drive time and tge work (which is hard as heck in our humid summers). As noted, my price is more than fair.
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