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Gas Prices Inflating

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Infinite, Aug 31, 2005.

  1. Infinite

    Infinite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    I'll start off by saying this is my first year owning a lawn care business, but worked for one previous to this. At the beginning of the season gas prices were a little over 2.00, and now they are at 3.09 here. I didn't have any of my customers sign contracts this year, but want set up a contract for them to sign next year. Anyways should I have them sign the contract this year or wait until spring? I need to raise prices due to gas, how much should I increase as of now? 15%? Also if I send out a contract this fall should I also hit them with a letter increasing prices?
  2. illday

    illday LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    I raised all my cuts by 5 dollars a couple of weeks ago and only received one customer complaint. I sent out a letter referring to the rise in gas and other operating costs.
  3. 29 Palms Property Management

    29 Palms Property Management LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    I did the same. I raised weekly services $5 each. I havn't had a complaint yet. I have personally talked to 90% of my customers and they all seem to understand.
    It's just a shame that all of the tragedy happened in the gulf states like that. No one expected anything of that magnitude. God bless to all of them. We really are lucky I guess that the only price we're paying, is the hike in fuel. There's nothing worse then losing a life time, everything you ever worked for. And worst of all, losing family and friends.
  4. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    wait until spring for any kind of raise in prices that big(15%), you have no idea of how high they may go and I'd rather adjust prices one time than have to do it again a few months later when I have not been servicing the property. You give them the oportunity to weigh cost vs. benefit if you attempt to get a commitment at a higher rate in the fall before the work will begin next spring.

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