how much to charge or how long will it take

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by 1999frontier, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 562

    I've got a current client that will be moving in the next couple of weeks and I met her at the new house yesterday. She wanted me to give her a price on cutting some bushes and small trees. Most of the bushes are boxwoods ranging from small to large(large ones are about 4'-5' wide). There are 34 of these total and camillia bushes that are about 7-8 foot tall. There's 6 of these. There is some type of small trees around her deck that I've got to figure out what they are but really overgrown. She can't get to the deck using the walkway without going through the jungle. There is 9 of those. Could someone help me figure out how long this would take so I can give her a price? I appreciate your help.
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  2. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,321

    By cutting does that mean removing them or just trimming? A couple pics would help too if you have them.
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  3. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 562

    Sorry I should of said. Just trimming. I didn't take any pictures, I wish I did though.
  4. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    All depends on how experienced you are at trimming. That's why I charge by the job and not hour.
  5. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 562

    I was thinking it would take about 8 hours but I'm not sure since I don't do alot of shrub trimming. From what I've done in the past, people of have been very satisfied with my work.
  6. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    I try to keep my trimming prices simple. Most of mine are included in contracts. But when not; I usually its $5 per shrub where I don't have to get off the ground and this is not overgrowth. This is just shaping. Overgrowth should be as follows if they should have been cut twice this year then that's 2x more price. Too many people end up cutting overgrowth too cheap. That's why our customers will let them get outta control cause we are not making them pay for the times they shoulda been cut.
  7. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    If it id going to take 8 hours, just charge her $480.00. Sounds fair to me.
  8. zippy-phil

    zippy-phil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    49X$5=$245 a bush as someone else said
  9. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    Dependent on the Camellia type, trimming them now you may be removing the potential blooms this time of year, just food for thought. We have several that will bloom in November time frame on some of our properties. Other than that 8 hours of shrub trimming does not sound very realistic to me for the number of shrubs you have indicated.
  10. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 562

    You think more or less? How much longer? I know its hard to figure without pics. I think the job is going to be put on hold for now. She does want it done but I don't know when. If she waits too much longer I think its going to be too late with winter on its way.

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