for guys who charge by the hour

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Sep 1, 2004.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    did a bad azz trim/cleanup job split between monday, and today. i charged by the hour. it's documented , "misc labor plus expenses". i charged hourly for all labor, then i charged for two edger blades i hacked while edging this disaster area, i also charged for the tecnu (soap for poison ivy), and to have the trimmers re sharpened, i stayed on the timeclock while we cleaned under the mowing decks (his lawn was 4 feet tall), and hosed off the mowers too, and greased them.and of course a dumping fee. for the guys that charge hourly, is this acceptable?
  2. needa

    needa LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    In a properly set up business model, edger blades, soap, trimmers resharpened, cleaning, greasing would be considered overhead. Those costs should be figured into your hourly rate. I wouldn't pay you for those services seperately on a T&E job. If you could prove to me that those devices were freshly sharpened, new, or you had to specifically purchase them for my yard and they will never be used again on anyone elses yard, then you have a ligitimate claim for charging me. If it were me, you wouldn't get a dime over a legitamate hourly time frame and the dumping costs.
  3. Turf Medic

    Turf Medic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073

    I don't see a problem with this, you might however want to consider a % charge for misc materials, to cover expenses like these. If you take your truck to a repair shop, especially dealerships they will add a percentage to the total bill, they tell me this is to cover materials, ie shop rags, solvents, carb cleaner, sealants, uniforms, etc. They don't give a rats butt if they used any of this or not, if you have a ignition key programmed at the local dealerships, they still add the % charge to the total ticket including parts and labor, they don't even move the vehicle into the shop, unless the weather is bad, no way they are using any supplies.
  4. satch

    satch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    bobby,if i could get paid like that i would move to NJ and start a buisness.i am not saying you cant charge for those things just as the person above said it has to be figured in the cost of doing buisness.
  5. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Next time charge them for the time it takes to start a thread and keep checking it to see if it was OK to charge them in the first place.

  6. moremowing

    moremowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    older than dirt and the mind to match lol
  7. moremowing

    moremowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    older than dirt and a mind to match
  8. moremowing

    moremowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    oops i forgot i posted already, strike a chord olderthandirt? lol
  9. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    I agree 100% with Needa.
  10. Turf Medic

    Turf Medic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073

    How come, building contractrs, plumbers, electricians, mechanics, floor polishers, can have a supplies charge but we can't? IMO if you can SELL the concept to your customers, shouldn't be a problem.

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