How much would you charger for this yard. Steep hill, rocks every where.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PabsMaster, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. JMK26

    JMK26 LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Missouri
    Messages: 3,285

    $240ish. I had a similar property as in it was rocky, didn't take as long. Took about as long as a regular mow.

    I dropped the property this year because business has been good, but when I took it I had them sign an addendum on the contract saying I'm not responsible for broken windows due to the condition of the lawn. I was careful and never broke a window, but it took me longer and I charged accordingly to walk the lawn first, then mow and trim. By the end of the season I had a pile of rocks against the house that would have made a great rock garden.

    As I said I dropped them this year. I have more clients, and there isn't a drought that kind of forced my hand to take them on to get in some sort of money, but in the end even with the extra charge to walk the property it wasn't worth the time and effort to keep a property in which the owners had no desire to improve.

    You might want to think about not even doing this property, it made me miserable.

    Good luck
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2013
  2. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,358

    Can somebody please post the photos! Not all of us have Gmail accounts and I want to see the yard!
  3. PabsMaster

    PabsMaster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    This is my first year doing "acreage" I got my license last month so my parents dont have to take me everywhere anymore. I have a scag sfw 36" (which conveniently broke the pully on the wheel came off all 4 bolts so back to the dealer) And a honda push mower. It could all be cut with a 48 52 60 etc. I just have not satisfied the need to get one. As of now its my FIRST large yard. If i get more clients like this though I will get a used WB 48, or 52, and bootleg, until I satisfied the need for a ztr or stand on either or. Both yards are similar, but one of them has so many rocks its a nightmare to deal with. MY blades need sharping. He is going to scrap the ground eventually, but has of now its pretty bad.

    The size of the property:

    BOTH properties are lakeside. Just theres no water so...

    House #1

    Front yard 200ft by 100ft. Lots of trees/bushes. Back yard about the same. But steep hill.

    House #2 Debris everywhere, junk, sheetrock, 2x4, rocks. (remodeling the house) Back yard similar to house number 1 back yard except even more trees.

    Any suggestions for posting pics so you guys can see them?


  4. hi_speedreed

    hi_speedreed LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 534

    Some people have no pride in their yard. I politely decline this type of customer. It happened a couple weeks ago to me. Lady called saying she had three houses in a row, her's, her mother's and her sister's. She desribed the area as a gentle slope that could all be mowed, no trimming aside from around the houses.

    I pull up and look at a yard that would make a mountain goat cry. It was also littered with lumber, cinder block, red brick, old pipe...etc and obviously had not been cut since mid summer of the previous year.

    No way I am fighting that crap all year. Even if you cleaned it up they looked like the type that would junk it up in a few weeks.
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  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    It sounds like you let them set the price? I can't see the photos either, so it's hard to say.

    One suggestion I have that might speed things up is to get a string trimmer rather than eating the weeds. :walking:
  6. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,021

    Simple answer is drop that property. I wouldn't even attempt to raise the price $140 for 6 hours of work is ridiculous. Also, you mentioned rocks and debris everywhere. The likelyhood of you throwing a rock or something else through a window or into a vehicle goes way up.

    We had a similar property but it was much smaller. The whole yard was a hill with a steeper decline towards the front of the property. Shale rock all over the place. We cut it 2 times then the owner came out talking to us about her landlord cutting one time and breaking her car window and not wanting to pay for it. That was the last time we cut her property :)
  7. MTenterprises

    MTenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    You are a kid and they took advantage of you so shame on them. They know their property is a chit hole and I do NOT take on those types. The price that has been given for $220 to $240 is about right BUT again, I wouldn't touch it.
  8. Tunica

    Tunica LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    I agree with whats said caulk it up to a learned lesson and move on.
  9. chesterlawn

    chesterlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 704

    You have no problem cutting lawns for $38 an hour?
  10. PabsMaster

    PabsMaster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    Thanks guys, I think I am going to drop it. Not worth it.

    Thanks Again.

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