is this reasonable for leaf work?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mowisme, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. mowisme

    mowisme LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 910

    I have a couple accounts that I'm not sure how to charge on leaves. I know 'hourly' has been talked about..but I was wondering mainly on this one: good customer/ very small lot. I was thinking of charging the normal mow- plus $4/bag that needs to be bagged. I can mow one direction and blow most into woods on back yard (small) but front would be bagged. The $4/bag covers my extra labor & time & bag cost/leaf removal (big bags). The $35 is there weather I mow or not..still would rake or blow if not mowing. This sound fair? example $35 + 3 bags = $47 chge. thanks- Geno
  2. 2 clowns mowing

    2 clowns mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    sounds good to me. we use walker ghs mower and it is a pain to find somewhere to leave the leaves. by bagging them at the site and leaving them there sounds like the way to go:rolleyes:
  3. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    by the sounds of it your new to fall cleanups. bite the bullet, guess how many bags it will take, tack on a bit extra since your always short and give the customer a price.when your all done see how you did. that is how you learn from yoru prices.
  4. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    Don't worry next year you will be a lot better at pricing after doing all the work this year and learning the ropes of fall cleanups.
  5. mowisme

    mowisme LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 910

    thanks gang..will keep record on what I fill..and calculate it into cost next year. yes..This is only 2nd fall clean-up. Geno
  6. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,010

    You need to be charging more per bag, the cost of bags alone will cost u .50 each, and if ur using cheap thin bags you will lose even more in time lost due to ripping of bags.
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    I can't comment on what to charge but you will want to keep a clock on your experience. Bagging anything in a plastic bag takes time. It is also a PITA to do.
    If you absolutely have to put stuff in plastic bags you should be getting paid good money to do it.
  8. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    I think youll end up shorting yourself income doing it that way....thats just my opinion. But the only way to know is to try it a couple of ways and keep your time....see how different ways compare.
  9. jpp

    jpp LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    Ok you are going to mow in one direction to get to the woods. Remember you will be making quite a few return trips going over where you already have blown the leaves the other way. Hence you are going over your same tracks while accomplishing no work while going in that direction. Charge for you time for that too.


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