How much to charge for aerations ??

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by On a call, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. On a call

    On a call LawnSite Gold Member
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    Sizes vary from 4000 to 60,000 sq feet.

    What do you guys charge ? I was thinking the smaller yards 75.00 up about 6000 and beyond that I had no idea ? Maybe by the hour ?
  2. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
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    Sounds fair.
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  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Customers prefer a firm price in advance. It is your job to calculate how much time it will take.
    Add your labor time per thous. Add your per thousand machine time(cost to buy the machine so it is paid off in 3 years on average.) Add a per thousand charge to repair and maintain the machine, R&M). Add a profit per thousand. Multiply by the thousands sqft.
    Then add your overhead charge (stop charge).
    Suppose your charge per thousand is $8.
    Multiply by 6 for the yard size. Get $48.
    Add your stop (overhead) charge of $25, resulting in $73.

    Print out a price list.
    Then if you want to give someone a discount--that is up to you.
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  4. OP
    On a call

    On a call LawnSite Gold Member
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    You rock Riggs !

    I owe you a dinner.
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  5. OP
    On a call

    On a call LawnSite Gold Member
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    Do you ever make it over to my side of the state ?? I seldom make your way.
  6. rclawn

    rclawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    10 per k with a $75 minimum if there is seeding. Then seed is $3.50-5 per lb depending on what putting down.

    Minimum without seeding is $100 regardless how small lawn is. This is also assuming a flat lawn, minimal obstacles, cut short & sprinklers marked in advance. Factor in more for pita if needed
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  7. Richard Moore

    Richard Moore LawnSite Member
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    I base it on $75 per hour to aerate and I charge $2.75 per lb for seed which is more than double what I pay for seed. Plus fertilizer application based on sq feet. Minimum for aerate seed and fert for a small lawn is at least $140 up to $300 for larger lawns. Price it so that you don’t feel rushed or pressured. Keeps them a long term customer.
  8. wjjones

    wjjones LawnSite Senior Member
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    I usually charge the same price that I charge to mow the property. Im covering the same amount of area but with a little more difficulty (aerator) so I tack on a little extra to compensate for that. Say a $60 yard I aerate for $80. Im not cheating the customer, or myself. You only get 1 back dont use it up for nothing.
  9. OP
    On a call

    On a call LawnSite Gold Member
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    Hmmm....but your equipment is only used once a year and costs about 4x's depending on what you use.
  10. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
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    Aerate = $15 per 1000, $150 minimum
    Overseed = $10 per 1000, $50 minimum

    I pay around $2 per lb for decent seed. I will discount a little for lawns over 25k. And I offer a package price for aerate/seed/fertilize.

    Lawns in my area average 20k sq/ft
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