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Is $55 too much ?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by dannyboy20, May 8, 2007.

  1. dannyboy20

    dannyboy20 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    Starting out this year partime. One of my customers lawns took me 65 minutes to cut, bag, and trim and I am charging $55. Too hi, too low, or ok ?
  2. trent515

    trent515 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    It really depends on what kind of equipment you have (how much it COSTS you to mow it), but more importantly how large the yard was, how much trimming, etc. I'll have to say I know NOTHING about prices where you are, but here in Missouri, that would be a little low for me, especially if you are bagging and have to haul off the clippings.
  3. violatorjf

    violatorjf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    If your equipment is paid for, that sounds good to me. If it's not then I would maybe charge more...sometimes the dollar/hour rule works well, depending on what you have and where you're at. I'd say between $55 and $65 is good, maybe an extra fee for taking clippings.
  4. dannyboy20

    dannyboy20 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    Clippings are dumped on site. I was worried i was overcharging. It sounds as if im ok then.
  5. RedMax Man

    RedMax Man LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,051

    That sounds fine, about average not too low not to high. Did they say your expensive? Don't lower it. I'm in MA also.
  6. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    This advice from the guy that posted this: http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=186531
    Just ignore Mr. $15!
  7. dannyboy20

    dannyboy20 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    The Customer hasnt complained about the price. I was just making sure I wasnt screwing myself.
  8. Budget

    Budget LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 368

    dannyboy, What type of mower are you cutting with? Try figure out how much fuel you burn a hour with all your equipment. How many miles from that job to the next one. You will learn as you go just keep going over the numbers.
  9. OMG

    OMG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    Equipment being paid for has nothing to do with it.

    #1 The equipment has to be purchased originally.

    #2 The equipment will wear out and need to be replaced.

    You have to figure your overhead, expenses, etc.....then add your desired rate.
  10. dannyboy20

    dannyboy20 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    I have figured in equipment cost/hr, fuel cost/hr, and also my labor /hr. I'm pretty happy with my rate. Im also charging by time instead of sq. feet.

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