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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jpaps, Feb 13, 2007.
Is there a standard price for lawn cutting per square foot in the New York / Long Island market?
no...base your prices on how much you wan't to make, how long it will take and your expenses to service the property, there is no set $ amount on anything....everyone prices differently
Basic trim, mow and blow, we like to get around $6.00 to $7.00 per 1000 square feet. If you have a lot of trimming to do you may want to charge a little more per 1000. Also we won't lower the gate for less than $20.00 and that may be cheap for some areas but we have a lot of small lawns. For core aeration we double the mow charge for a once over. For power raking we charge triple and some times x4 depending on the property. Basicly we try to make $45.00 per man hour with any service. Sometimes we make more and sometimes less!!
So, with this formule, you charge $90.00-$105.00 for a 15,000 square foot lawn? Half acre lawn goes for at least $132.00? I am your new competition!!!!
I think I need to clearify that we charge that rate for lawns up to about 10,000. But we don't have a lot of large lawns here. The average is about 3000 to 5000 square feet, and in some of the newer subs. they are getting smaller. They are starting to build closer and closer together like the old days.
These questions pop up all of the time. One way to find out the going rate is to get quotes on your lawn from all of your competitors. No one on this site will like to see that as an idea, but if you want a real average, try it. 2nd, make sure that you get enough to cover your expenses. Add up all of your expenses and divide that by however many hours you work in a week. Most lawns are charged by time spent for maintenance. If you do landscaping and all, that is a whole seperate story. For instance, here in SC ideally you want to make about 50-60 an hour. If the lawn will only take a half hour, then charge 30 plus whatever your travel costs will take.
The basic rule of thumb is, when you think you are charging too much...you are actually charging just-right!!!