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Fall Clean up prices

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by sms8921, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. sms8921

    sms8921 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    Hi guys I have alot of customers asking me about fall clean up and they all want prices now! I dont no how to charge this yet I am new to the business. It will only be me doing the work, I have a backpack blower and am going to use my lawn tractor cause it has a bagger on it and I will probably have to tarp some also, I have no leaf loader and will be loading with 55 gallon drums. Do most of you guys charge by the hour? I dont want to under bid something for ex. the leafs look thin but once yet get to blowing them around the underlayer is is wet and they are 4 inches deep in some places. Thanks for your time...
  2. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,202

    just charge em by the hour, 50-60 an hour. dont use the drums, tarp it and drag it to the trailer.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    yeah a tarp would be better and just tell em your hourly rate
  4. sms8921

    sms8921 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    thanks I was thinking right around 50 so I guess I wasnt far off....I was going to load the leaves in the bed of the truck with the barrels I dont have a leaf loader so I thought that was the fastest and easiest way...
  5. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,202

    invest in a trailer (at least a 5x10) and put 4' walls around it. you can thank me later!
  6. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    or a dollar a minute. why are your clents worried about fall clean ups in june?
  7. sms8921

    sms8921 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    I dont no but I guess it is a good thing they are planning on sending me more business maybe
  8. Martinson9

    Martinson9 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 201

    I think it's smart to be thinking of fall cleanup now. Why wait until the last second? I try get get as much as I can for fall cleanup. Most of ours are 5 to 7 times a mowing price.
  9. monk lawns llc

    monk lawns llc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I have a 5 x 10 trailer and built 4 sides for it and charge 25.00/hr. It doesn't seem like much, but I include drive time and time it takes to dispose of the leaves.
  10. GreenShoesLC

    GreenShoesLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    How big are the properties you're looking at doing fall cleanups on? We have a number of smaller residential accounts and I find that the easiest way to do fall clean ups is to use a billy goat lawn vacuum to suck up all the leaves and then dump either in your truck box or trailer etc. If you're accounts are larger, I'd suggest adding a wheeled blower to your fleet as well.

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