how to charge for residential mowing?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cntryboymc, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. cntryboymc

    cntryboymc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 193

    what is the best way to charge for a lawn?i usually just guess at how long it will take me.are there other factors i should look at?this is the upstate ny area near syracuse.any help would be appreciated.
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    Messages: 8,745

    I feel that the first factor that you need to look at is how much you need per hour to cover overhead and profit. After you have figured out an hourly price then you can do many different types of formulas for a residential price
  3. 2 man crew

    2 man crew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    1. Steep hills

    2. Excessive trimming

    3. Irrigation

    4. Chem lawn customer

    5. Fence with small gate

    6. Cleanliness of the property during estimate

    7. Proximity to existing, core accounts

    8. condition of existing turf
  4. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    Experience. After a while you just know, and know what to look for. Get as close to your target hourly rate as possible, and exceeding that rate is just fine.

  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    It's easy...What kind of CAR do they drive?

    No, seriously, all the above factors are great considerations, but the main thing is, as was mentioned above,...know YOUR costs, ALL your costs. - Not just the gas burning in the mower while your on the job...

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