Charged $50/hr,am I justified?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by K.Carothers, Dec 10, 2004.

  1. K.Carothers

    K.Carothers LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    I had 1 job to do yesterday, not a large job. I had to remove 1 shrub and 2 small trees and replant in another location on my customers property. I went over to his house Tuesday and went over the details as far as the transplanting goes(we didn't talk price-he is a good customer and I did a large mulch job earlier in the season for him). I jumped in my truck yesterday and headed to the store to buy the needed items(top soil,fert) for this job and went straight to the house and started working. I charged him $50/hr starting from the time I got in my truck until the job was completed. My questions is should I have started the clock when I arrived at his house?
  2. BryPaulD

    BryPaulD LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 392

    nope, I think you did right. IMO
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I think that it would be better to charge a travel charge, and then charge the hourly once you arrive at his place
  4. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,128

    I would have done what you did. I think you did just fine.
  5. K.Carothers

    K.Carothers LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    Tiedeman, what do you charge for travel time? Is it a set fee no matter how long it takes?
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    usually yes its a set fee of $45 per trip, but usually I only have to go to one of three places with the farthest being only 12 miles away. And when I do have to travel I make sure it is not a lost cause just for ONE customer, but for many customers, or even for myself. For example, if I know I have to pick up something for a customer, but I might be low in stock with something, I pick that up at the same time because then that can save me a lost trip in the future. Most of my travel time takes only 12 to 15 mins.
  7. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    Yes.... you are.
  8. blankenshiplawncare

    blankenshiplawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    Most all construction company's (Horizontal, earth moving) charge an in-out fee. i.e. delivery of equipment and personal and removal. A friend of mine owns a ASV RC100 and Bull-hog. He charges $100.00 per hr with operator plus a in-out fee. my .02

  9. K.Carothers

    K.Carothers LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    Are you saying I should have started the clock at his house?
  10. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    you did what you should have

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