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fall clean-up pricing question

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by shade tree landscaping, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. shade tree landscaping

    shade tree landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 915

    yes it is another fall clean-up thread SIGH!

    Just wondering how you guys charge your grass customers for leaf clean ups. I am talking about either a weekly or bi-weekly service on the clean ups. Is double the weekly charge for weekly leaf clean up to much or to little, $50 per week to mow, $100 per week for leaf cleanup. For clean-ups on homes that I do not mow on a regualr basis, they are charged the regular labor rate. I am just curious how everyone else cahrge the customers who put money in your poket all year long.
  2. shade tree landscaping

    shade tree landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 915

    so you dont charge extra for the weekly mowing once the leaves start falling?
  3. milkie62

    milkie62 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    Depending on amt of leaves I may double the weekly price.
  4. DaughtryLC

    DaughtryLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    I charge by the hr.
    Which is what I do on "special" stuff!
  5. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,388

    We do leaves by the hour. There are to many variables. Wet dry windy , one week only a few the next a foot deep.That way there is no chance of not making money.
  6. landmk

    landmk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    How I charge is $50.00 per man per hour for fall clean up's minimum 2 man crew And I have had no problem with this method, Picking up leaves is not like mowing the grass, It is very time consuming if done right. When I get a new call for a fall clean up and meet the new customer I tell them when we are done your yard will look like the middle of June, green and not a leave on it. That's usually all it takes and they are on board for a clean up. It's a funny thing when I say that to them they get this idea that there is no way this guy is going to get this yard kleen with all these leaves so its like they want to see if you fail. And in fact I one time did this clean up and when I was all done the customer and his wife came out walked around the yard and said this is amazing this place is clean as a whistle if I didn't see before I wouldn't have believe it. So charge accordingly, gas is not cheap and either is your time!!!
  7. shade tree landscaping

    shade tree landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 915

    so you guys who charge by the hour, tell the customer $50 an hour or whatever it may be? I dont feel comfortable giving out my labor rate, as I am sure that some will balk at the price of it, but also dont wanna charge to low and be out money doing clean ups
  8. Scott's Lawn Maintenance

    Scott's Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    I agree charge by the hour or give them a rough estimate as to how long it may take. If you have done cleanups before at the property use that price as a estimate.
  9. JJS

    JJS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    If you don't want to give them your rate, try and estimate how long it will take and give them a number of your rate x time..always figure on taking longer of course, that way you will always make a decent profit. If they balk at your price, their the type of people that will probably get the kid down the road with a rake, 4x8 tarp and an electric leaf blower to do it anyway.
  10. Ooomwizard

    Ooomwizard LawnSite Senior Member
    from atlanta
    Messages: 296

    I only do yearly contracts. I work a little harder some days but the year-round income is assuring. I usually try to sell a "full service" which covers everything including fert & squirt.


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