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How Much to charge for weeding?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Slcareco, Nov 29, 2004.

  1. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    I'm just starting this upcoming spring and wondering how much you professionals charge for weeding (not round up) and whats included?

    I figured:

    $35.00/hour
    $10.00 Dumping Fee


    Help Id like to hear your input thanks!
     
  2. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Now that all depends on what you are weeding. I charge a rough price per week on my yearly contracts. It varies any where between 5 bucks to 15 bucks each visit. Now I already hear people saying what the heck you are charging way to little. Well I hardly ever pull weeds either. They all get mulch refresh from me each year and I spend maybe 2-3 hours a year pulling weeds. now 5*40visits = 200/3hrs =66.66 an hour.
    ON the other hand if you are going to just pull weeds I would say bid on the job at 40 an hour. So you think it will take 5 hours estimate for 6 and charge 240 bucks.
    I hate weeding and will only do it for full time customers.
     
  3. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    Now how do you give that to a client like give em an estimate of 240 bucks before you do the job they'll think your nuts and do it them self how do i go about giving them a price without telling them how much i charge an hour?
     
  4. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    If you want to work for free lower your prices.
    Thats is fine with me, if I am doing a one time for a bid of 240 and they think it is to much well then they can find some one else to do it. I find that most will say we will think about it and try it themselves. Then I get a call a few days later with a little area cleaned out and they either said screw it or couldn't find any one cheaper.
    As I said before I don't do weeding any more except for my full service accounts. And this is done weekly and only takes maybe 5 min each time. That is why I bid 5-15 bucks each time and add it in to there contract. When they are only paying 20 - 60 a month it is not as bad as paying 240 in one shot just to let it get overgrown again in a month.
     
  5. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    good deal man!
     
  6. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    sir--do you mean like actually pulling weeds by hand???

    GEO
     
  7. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    yes thats what I mean why?
     
  8. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    What about dump fee?
     
  9. SSmith

    SSmith Banned
    Messages: 447

    Seems like this should fall into the category of work smarter, not harder. Obtain a liscense to apply chemical applications and your prices will be much more justified to the customer. You'll also save your lower back.....
     
  10. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    Im young and dont mind the work thats why i entered the business
     

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