I charge $35.00 per hour for a one man crew. I will double that if I have my second crew working with me and using all of his equipment. If I have myself and a laborer workingthen I think that the $64.00 per hour is a fair price.
Ok, What happens if I estimate a Job for 5 hours and I have a good day and do it in 3 1/2 to 4 hours or have a bad day and do it in 6 1/2 to 7 hours (Equipment out of service and so on)? Whould this look bad on my service and should I charge less on the days I have a good day and more on the days I had a bad day?
An estimate is usually a fixed number , a fee by the hour is an hourly rate. I only charge by the hour when the parmaters of the job cant be defined . If you price a job by the hour and you think it woll take 5 hours and you do it in 3 you bill for the time spent , 3 hours. And if you are billing work by the hour using equipment and it breaks down after 3 hours you would bill the hourly rate for the equipment up to the time it broke. We bid jobs for a fixed price , define the job paramaters , anything outside the bid is extra. If your equipment breaks thats your problem not the customers.
I think $65 an hour sounds great .... I'd made almost $500k with only 4 guys last year at that rate
But yes .... I charge at an hourly rate .... I only use sq ft measures to estimate the time for the job .... all extras beyond basic mowing and shrub care is charged "extra" based on material used and amount of labor to perform the job