Landscape rates???

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Dugann, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. Dugann

    Dugann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    Small town SW Arkansas population 6K. We do lawn maintenance already and property clean up. Our rate is $20.00 a hour, and $25.00 if we have to use chain saw, DR brush mower, or other special equipment.

    We are getting more and more land scape jobs. IE mulch, planting, rock work, fertilization, etc. I was thinking of the same base rate $20.00 a hour and mark up + mileage on anything I have to go buy. What do you guys in landscaping do? Just keep in mind this is a lower income area so I know the standard of living is different in SW Arkansas compared to Denver etc.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. davis45

    davis45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 985

    triple your price.
  3. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    Are you Licensed and Insured? At the rate your charging, maybe I can hire you to do all my work! $20 a hr is chump change for GOOD landscaping design/work. Are you offering that?
  4. Dugann

    Dugann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    I am insured with 1,000,000. I am not offering land scape design. Just work maybe maintenance is better word. we have built some flower beds, really nice one if I do say so my self that the individuals wanted done. Small scale nothing huge. Weeding, new mulch, hedges/shrub, planting etc. Still too low for that sort of work???
  5. davis45

    davis45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 985

    Insured, workers comp, pay taxes? If yes, your WAY underpriced.
  6. Dugann

    Dugann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    yes I am insured, I do pay workers comp, and taxes. I have 1 employee besides my self. I am starting to feel like I have been making a huge mistake in priceing even for a small town in a very poor region of the country.
  7. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Wow, that is low. Not sure what your overhead is but that seems horribll low.

    I am at least triple that per hour- and after operating costs (fuel, taxes, salary [sometimes...], insurance, self-employment tax, pesticide app fees, DOT fees, etc etc etc etc... blah blah blah I could go on all day), I think the profit from my labor is like 4 bucks an hour! hahah.
  8. Dugann

    Dugann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    Think I am going to cry:p I need a beer hehe.
  9. hef37087

    hef37087 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    The average in middle TN. is 35-45 pending the area.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    the cost of living dont get much lower than it is around here and i charge alot more than that. it costs me almost that much for an employee when you ad up all the expenses.

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