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fall clean up prices

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by verant, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. verant

    verant LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    I'm from alexandria, Mn. I'm a one man crew with commercial equipment. I charge $40 per hour for clean ups, which includes hauling all the leaves away to a local dumpsite. Does $40 per hour sound right?
     
  2. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    Sounds in-line to me.
     
  3. d&rlawncare

    d&rlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    I would charge the $40 as long as you are including the drive time to dump the leaves and the time it takes to dump them.
     
  4. JohnsonLawn

    JohnsonLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    Just curious, what is your target for mowing per hour? I know you charge by the property, but I am sure you have a number in mind that you like to acheive per hour when mowing. The reason I ask is, $40 per hour for cleanups is way low in my opinion. I usually get around $60-65 per hour mowing and it is easier work for me and the equipment than cleanups are.
     
  5. verant

    verant LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    Johnson-
    What is your market, rural area or city, residential or commercial? My town is 10,000 people so I know that for instance they can charge more in minneapolis area than alexandria
     
  6. PrecisionLandscapingEast

    PrecisionLandscapingEast LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I charged at a min. of $75.00 an hour. Most jobs I did a flat fee of $100-150. I found that most of the time it took about an hour and a half with dump time, so most of the time i charged $150.00 and never heard any complaints about price. I think you are short changing yourself quite a bit at 40. Remember people hate to do clean ups, and are willing to pay a little extra for it.
     
  7. JohnsonLawn

    JohnsonLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    Agreed, I find people more willing to mow their own lawn than to mess with a dirty pile of wet leaves. Charge for it, cuz it is a long winter!
     

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