How much to charge for leaf removal

Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by Triptoy2002, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. Triptoy2002

    Triptoy2002 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    I have just recieved my first estimate request for spring leaf removal. The property is about 10,000 sqft, flat, the backyard is fenced. There are mature trees in the area, and I think the blanket of leaves is around 2" thick average in the back. Im one man with a nice husqie backpack (on par with redmax 8000). I plan to blow/haul them to the curb and leave them there. These leaves have been sitting all winter. I have plenty experience doing the work, but prices are all new to me.
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    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    How long will It take you? Depends on your area too..
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  3. Triptoy2002

    Triptoy2002 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    Sorry I meant to say it should take me about two hours roughly. I know the prices are different in different areas but I'm trying to get a general idea of what a reasonable pricing formula would be. Once I have done a few of these I should have a better idea of what price range is more accurate from my area
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  4. yardsmowed

    yardsmowed LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't feel I should charge mowing rates for leaf cleanup. I feel $20-$30/hour. Thats me. If I bag and haul off it is more. Recently a man paid me $50/hour for 3 hours total. Blew some and bagged some.

    I would figure what you think is fair for a man hour plus equipment use, gas, oil. Haul off is extra IMO!

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    It depends on What it costs you to do the job.. $160 min sounds OK of it only takes two hours and no dump fees etc
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  6. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
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    Doing leaves in the spring sucks. Make sure to account for that in your price.
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  7. Triptoy2002

    Triptoy2002 LawnSite Member
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    $20/hr would cover costs, but not leave me with much profit. Do you guys like to charge a flat fee+ labor? Or just labor and make it high enough to be profitable? Here is a sample of the pricing concept I was thinking about before I posted:

    Leaf Cleanup Price
    $45/hr labor
    Fixed Fees (-labor)
    -$100 up to 5500 sq ft
    -$0.025 per sq ft up to 11000 sq ft
    -$0.01 per sq ft up to 22000 sq ft
    -$0.0055 per sq ft 43000 sq ft+
    -existing customers, + 10% if no other services
    -$50 haul away fee

    I don't have a yard myself, and I don't know anyone in my area yet, otherwise I would just get quotes from other businesses to feel out my local market.
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  8. joeslawncaree

    joeslawncaree LawnSite Senior Member
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    Clean ups I'm at 80.00 a hour plus 30.00 dump fee. I look at the property and give them a total price.
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  9. NJ Grass

    NJ Grass LawnSite Member
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    So true!
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  10. LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,354

    usually I charge 5 times the mowing charge. if its a $50 yard for mowing it will be $250 for leaf cleanup.
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