I price by shrub size and quantity. The bigger they are the more it costs and the more there are the more it costs also depends on how hard clean up will be
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Really depends somewhat on what the competition is doing. You don't want to price yourself out of jobs but you still want to get what you are worth. What part of Arkansas?I've done a couple of searches on here and it looks like an even consensus between charging by the hour or by the bush or flat rate. So in order to make things easier for me and to cover my cost of clean up, dump fees and pay my helper its looking like I'll charge same as my mowing fee. Roughly $60/hour. With a wide variety of work involved...trimming, raking, bagging, dumping. Some on the ladder, most are not, it will be a good way to start and see how it goes. I can tweak it later.
I really did not want the shrub job but I did want to cut the grass so he can take it or leave and it will not hurt my feelings at all.
The more I do these yards and get a feel for the work and equipment needed...at $1.00/minute is not only fair, it may be a little cheap. At $1.00/minute or $60/hour you get me, my helper, equipment, gas, oil, blades, travel AND the work done. Most service based work meaning appliance repair, plumber, electrician, etc. you pay a service call of $75.00-$100.00 just for them to show up. They have not even begun to work yet. Then the per hour charge kicks in. Why should I be any different??
Yeah...a lot of older people with some $$$ in Bella Vista. I have the same issue in my area with LCO's not showing up and other various fly by night guys not show up either. I get a lot of calls where the customer specifically states that is the issue. I tell them what happens is a lot of these guys around here price themselves too cheap early in the year so they can fill their schedules but as the season wears on they start picking and choosing what yards they want to do. I have never done that.I have all the yards I want for $60.00/hour mowing. I don't care if I price my self out on bush trimming. So if I get it or not makes NO difference to me. I still stand by my same price for the bushes. They will accept or reject. I win either way!
Said it before and I will say it again. In my area THE thing I hear the most is "no one shows up" or "you (I) am the only one taking new yards" so with that kind of demand its a 'name your price market' here in NWA! Over in Bella Vista they cut yards for $85.00/hour!! Wish I was over there. I'd go full time in a heart beat!
I would guess that by the question, he's hacking.Well, first off, are you TRIMMING or PRUNING? There's a huge difference bt the two. If you are uneducated on plants I would first gain some knowledge before you go around cutting things. I would much rather take on gardening work all day long. Don't have to lug around mowers and weedeaters and it you can charge a premium if you know what your doing.
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$1.50 per ft seems cheap. Seems like there should be several prices like below the knee (small) is 1.50 per ft. Knee to waist height is $2.00 per ft. Waist to chest is $2.50. Chest to top of head or abt 6' is $2.50 per ft? Plus width...a hedge can be a few ft wide or 6 ft wide.Just went to go look at a house today for hedge trimming, tell me what you guys think of my bid. $15 for the tall bush this one is about 7-8 feet tall and either $40 ish for the 40 ft length of waste high bushes or I could do $1.50 per ft which is $60. But I think the $60 may be a little bit to high.
Also, I have the 1 story house with 140 feet of gutters which I was going to charge $140 because the roof pitch is to high to walk on. I also wash out all the gutters to make so all left of debris is clear.
I charge what a lot of other people charge waist to shoulder height $10, since its over my shoulders I added $5. Could you guys also suggest if its better to use the $1.50 when you cant tell how many bushes are in the row or use a different method for bidding?
Very true, Im still very new to pricing things. I have a guide that seemed to be pretty good when you can count the amount of bushes there are, but I couldn't do that in this situation.$1.50 per ft seems cheap. Seems like there should be several prices like below the knee (small) is 1.50 per ft. Knee to waist height is $2.00 per ft. Waist to chest is $2.50. Chest to top of head or abt 6' is $2.50 per ft? Plus width...a hedge can be a few ft wide or 6 ft wide.
Does your $1.50 include clean up and removal?
Let say a hedge trimmer... Packing them in yard bags and leave it for collection but take the britches. If I do 140ft 6 height bush I should be 2 hrs or less.Estimate how long you think it will take you to complete the job including hauling it off and dumping it. Figure out what you want to be paid per hour. Now ad the dump fee. It really is that easy.
What are you using to cut the brush?