1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Catch up on the conversation about fertilization strategies for success with the experts at Koch Turf & Ornamental in the Fertilizer Application forum.

    Dismiss Notice

Hard to answer question ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bunton Guy, Nov 6, 2001.

  1. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,917

    I dont know how to ask this but I have had a few people offer me some appartment complexes. These are farely bix complexs I dont know how many sq. ft. but the question is around what is your average per cut price for your complexes that you guys cut ? I have heard some guys making as much as $45,000 per year on a medium sized complex. I would think most of the complexes in my area of charlotte nc would go for around 200-250 per cut and take around 6 hours to do with a 3 man crew.
  2. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 949

    I'm not sure what your prices are down there but that sounds way to low. If that is wht they are charging I would get out of the biz. Three man crew 6 hrs for 250? Did you mean 6 man hrs or 18 man hrs? At six man hrs that is only 42/hr. I try to make no less than 60/hr mowing.
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Bunton Guy wrote:
    go for around 200-250 per cut and take around 6 hours to do with a 3 man crew.

    My average is around $35 an hour. 18 times 35 is $630. Your formula comes out to around $12.50 per hr. ($225/18 hrs). If you're paying your help $10 per hr. cash then it is still costing you money to service these accounts after you figure in operating expenses.
  4. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    Bunton, seems that your price is way too low. The average of your figure is $225. Let's say you pay your guys $9 an hour x 6 hours comes to $54 each x 2 guys comes to $108 for the day. Out of $225, that leaves you with $117. That means your making $19.50 per hour. Then figure in fuel, taxes, insurance, misc., doesn't sound like there'd be much left over.

    I'd say $35 a man hour x 18 hrs is $630. So somehwere in that ballpark sounds about right to me.
  5. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Even being low remember

    Its what you take, not what you make!
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Go to Lowes and buy a measuring wheel. $54!! Go measure sf of mowing, linear ft of trimming, and linear ft of edging.

    In your cost do you have to get the property sprayed and fert.? Do you need to get the leaves done in the fall? What about the bushes? Mulch? spring and fall color?

    You better answer all these questions before you give a price. Most of these type properties want someone who will handle everything.

    BOTURF LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    sounds way to low for me up here in the heartland of america i can make 400.00 to 500.00 a day mowing solo so 250.00 for a 3 man crew stinks alot of property managers change yearly because they cant find anyone who wants to do mow at thos crappy prices

Share This Page