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help w/ leaf removale price

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by flxinxj, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. flxinxj

    flxinxj LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    This is my first time pricing leaf removal. I would like some input on pricing. property is in easton MD. Its for a friend but I still need to make a profit. The property is 2acres with moderate trees so the ground is covered with leaves. I have 2 Back pack blowers and a 48 w/b that i can get a leaf catcher for it. 6x16 landscape trailer. The land fill is $12.50 a ton only 6miles from property. Me and 1 or 2 helpers I figure 2 will mack it faster. Thanks any help would be great.
  2. flxinxj

    flxinxj LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    no one has anything that can help me
  3. laird006

    laird006 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    figure your hours and how much you need to make per hour+ dump fees.
  4. flxinxj

    flxinxj LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    4 hr, 2 man, fuel and dump fee $385
  5. jrush

    jrush LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    I always price fall clean ups high, it's hard to judge when your looking at leaves spread out over 2 acres, they pile up quick when you start blowing. I'd def be up around 500 easy.
  6. flxinxj

    flxinxj LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    Thanks that makes me feal alot beter.
  7. grasscutter845

    grasscutter845 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    Think of what you want to make an hour, and how much you are going to pay ur guys. For myself as a solo operation i get 50 an hour for my self and i charge 25 an hr per guy. So if its me and 2 guys i get 100 an hour. So ur making money on ur workers.(Unless ur paying them 25 an hr) And then i add for removal.
  8. Budget

    Budget LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 368

    How wet are they? It has rained here in SE. Pa. almost every other day. You might be better off using tarps to load then the WB. I would give a price for the clean up, and a price per trip to the dump. This might be a very good learning curve for you...:dizzy:......good luck..:clapping:
  9. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    give him an hourly rate.........wet leaves suck (read: SUCK)........they can double or triple the estimate time on a job...........as compared to dry leaves......

  10. capetrees

    capetrees LawnSite Member
    from ma
    Messages: 221

    Do the job with the mower as much as you can. Give the client the hourly estimate and then tell them the dump fee is whatever is is. Wet leaves will kill your price as you'll be paying more to the dump. Let the client pay for that. 2 guys, 4 hours on 2 acres? My price, $320 then add the dump fee to the bill whatever it comes to AFTER you dump them.

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