How Do You Charge For Repair Work?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by neblawncare23, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    And what a great big disfunctional family we are, lurkers included.

    I would hold out for $125 myself
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  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Family or not, it is $125/hour if he expects me to wipe the drool off his chin ..... $200/hour if I need to wipe anything else. :laugh:
  3. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
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    You charge what you think your worth . The retail cost of the head is irrevelant . What others are charging doesnt matter either , My hourly charge is almost twice that of one company and I am less than another company .
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    You'd be the last guy I'd hire with a business model/attitude like that. :dizzy:
  5. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    Why is that? He does good work and is inline with pricing.
  6. GreenLight

    GreenLight LawnSite Senior Member
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    Overhead, Overhead, Overhead. Overhead is what dictates what you HAVE to make in order to even stay in business for the long haul. Every business related expense from band aids and truck cleaning supplies to insurance, power bills, gas, equipment and yearly truck maintenance. Seriously, you should have anywhere from 40-50 overhead factors to bring together.. Even if you have to estimate a bit, pull as many variables as you can into the yearly overhead pool and then you can truly begin to breakdown why you have to charge a certain figure. I include all anticipated labor and salaries into overhead.

    Once you have all of that, break down an average of how many TRUE work days are in a year (generally somewhere around 18-20 month if you don't work weekends, holidays and accounting for weather and winter). Once you have total TRUE work days and total Yearly overhead, you can see just how much it costs you to operate each working day of the year. Then realize that in most service industries you will be doing pretty well if a 10 hour work day has 7.5-8 truly billable hours. I took for granted my first year how important overhead was and it nearly cut my throat when things slowed down (which they will come to a screeching halt). The bottom line is, you aren't pulling something out of thin air or based off of what you think is accurate.
  7. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
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    Dont worry MIke , I wont be coming to you looking for a job .

    The cheapest guy in town never last . My business model has kept me in a upper middle class neighborhood in onre of the most expensive states on the east coast , and a constant 2 month backlog of work , and customers I have had for over 20 years .
  8. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    When will Mike Leary just stop throwing salt at others?

    Maybe he just ran out of pot, or acid?
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Now. You've convinced me, Eddie. I'm done with the forum. I never meant my comments to hurt anyone's feelings,only to make them think about being a better mechanic and having a more profitable business. All the best. :waving:
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2013
  10. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just put your words together a little better so people don't take offense..


    cheers say hi to Peter for me .

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