fall clean up what are the normal fee for this service

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by ozman, Aug 24, 2001.

  1. ozman

    ozman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    one of my customer asked if i would put in a bid for fall clean up. I normally don't do fall cleanup but i would like to do what ever I can to help my customer. If any one can help me with any ideas of how much I should be charging for this service it would be great thank for any help.
  2. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    You might want to search on this. You need to have an hourly labor charge in mind first of all.Fall clean ups are nice because they are almost all profit, but they eat alot of time up also.Fall clean ups should and can include:edging,pruning,trimming,cutting down perinnals,weeding beds,removing annuals,fertilizing,mow,and most commonly removing all leaves. You need to discuss with your client there needs before you give a quote, or they will add little things left and right. See if you have to remove all debris, or put in compost pile, woods etc. I try to charge around $25-$30 an hour for cleanups.Good luck.:blob3:
  3. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    I have various different types of properties that require different cleanups. My most profitable ends up netting me a total of around 500.00 with a time investment of about 6 hours. This of course is a high end property where the homeowner wants all debris removed to the compost site.
    Other residences just require a quick blowout of the beds and house perimeter and vacuuming them up with the Walker, then put to the curb for city pickup.

    The nice thing is that when the grass stops growing in October I keep showing up weekly and pick the leaves up and charge the regular mowing price. Then I charge for a final clean in early November at 3 to 4X the regular weekly mowing rate.
  4. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Messages: 1,578

    Sorry, I don't understand..... What do you normaly do? Cut all year and leave the cleanup for someone else?
  5. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    If your only charging 20 to 25 an hour, thats only
    $20 x 8 hours a day, thats $160 a day, times 6 days a week, thats $460 a week, times 30 weeks is 22,000 a year . If my math is correct and you probbly have at least $10,000 in equipment. So your probbly not keeping most of that 22,000 after taxes and expenses will you please explain how you do this?
  6. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Grasyfus::: redo the math, and who are you referring to.?;)
  7. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    yah, $20 x even just 40 hr per week is $800.

    $30 x 45 is $1350 for 30 weeks is $40 500.

    and he may have employees
  8. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    LOL...Maybe you typed $460 when you meant $960 (the correct answer to your math problem ( $160 x 6 days = 960)

    But $460 x 30 weeks = $13800 and
    $960 x 30 weeks = $28800...so where are you getting $22,000?
  9. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662


    I think that you are misinterpreting the point. When you charge for a Fall Clean-Up service, you are charging additional man hours above and beyond your cost for mowing.

    Lets say that you have your clients set up for $30/cut. In the fall you probably back off to about 1/3 of your regular production because of the additional work and the reduced daylight hours.

    If you have a 3-Man-Crew, and are charging the low end of $25/man hour thats $200 per man per day additional. Figure in you service a low end of 8 properties ($240) per day.

    So now you have your mowing contract price of $240/day + labor of 3 men $600 = $840/day or $4200/week.

    If your solo, you shoulkd figure that you will be doing twice the work, and possibly the same amount of work as two men if not more. In this case I would charge them at least $50/hr additional.

    So now if you take those same 8 lawns ($240) + labor $50/hr ($400) = $640/day or $3200.

    Hope this helps.
  10. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    oppppppppppppppsssssss can u live of that 40k a year?

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