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How do I charge for General Yard Cleanup?

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EastProLawn

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Providence, RI
You have to figure out your overhead first

1. How much do you want to pay yourself / employee
2. Avg. cost to run machines / blower, mower, etc.
3. Dumping charge

I usually charge about $45.00 /hr and figure out how many hours it's gonna take, then tell customer the total. I never explain to the customer the price per hour ( they just don't understand man hours ) They see a total instead of what your making per hour.

Hope this helps a little
 

locutus

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
NC
Yesterday it was mowing prices, today it's cleanups. Why dont you get it over with and ask all your pricing questions in one post?

Cleanups are one of the hardest things to price. I dont have a set rate. I have to personally veiw the site. I add 30% to what I would be happy to get just because I usually under-bid these jobs.
 

GarPA

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
PA
Locutus gave you good advice...ALWAYS inflate the estimate after you've seen the property because nearly ALWAYS, cleanups take longer than you think they will. 30% is a good number to use.

Suggest you dont give your hourly rate as most people don;t think guys with tarps, rakes etc, should be making anyway near what we have to charge per man hour. We usually use a low to high price range ...and have never quoted by the hour.
 

IndyPropertyCare

LawnSite Member
Location
Indianapolis,IN
I have had enough of this ...... from this day forward.. EVERYONE is to tell their customers this...... ;)

All work will be completed in a timely manner and with the best service we have to offer. We will send you the bill each month.

There... no set prices, no haggling over bids...the work gets done and you get paid.

Bill your customers just like the gas stations do.... for NO reason at all ,,,, adjust the price as you see fit ( bad day- worn out-hungry- etc. )

HUmmm, I think Im on to something here :eek:
 

GarPA

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
PA
thats funny Indy

The longer I'm in this business, the less time I spend haggling with price shoppers.. As soon as I sense that someones priorities are:

1. price
2. price
3. price,

...the higher the fee gets...

I have zero tolerance anymore for price shoppers...they usually make for pita customers anyway
 

Chris DaMower

LawnSite Member
I agree with the statement here about price hagglers. I am new to the lawn care business and advertized a price of $50 to MOW and EDGE. The average sized yard in my town. ($20 front, $20 back, $10 ally). Then people are refusing to pay when I don't remove the accumulated trash and leaves from the side of their houses, or trim bushes and prune trees saying the job is unfinished. I basically tell them thats not included in the cost of mowing and edging and they act like thats me getting an attitude. I am already being more then fair with my pricing then they try to demand more then what I intended to offer.

I will just have to advertize a cleaning service along with the mowing ad to make it clear they are two seperate services. People try to cop an attitude with me saying you are never going to be successful leaving jobs 1/2 done. I finally got little peaved with one lady that kept contacting me to come finish the job and told her I would never be successful trying to satisfy clients that want to keep me busy for 4 hours so I'm making somewhere around $10 an hour while paying for bags, gas, ECT. If I was paying help I would be working on these people yards at a loss. People think you need them and starting out you feel like you do, but then you realize better clients will come and you just cull the bad ones.

Honestly I have juat compleatly stoppes dealing with people that feel the need to call and chat about all the things they want done to their yard. If it takes more then texting, "Are you avaliable to mow my yard?", to explain what you need then you are to high maintance of a client for me. LOL.
 
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