Lawn Mowing Charge in NJ

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by tg9146, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. tg9146

    tg9146 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    How much is everybody charging for weekly lawn cutting. Do you charge by sq ft. or by making an estimate on time
  2. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    I know of lawns in NJ at $25, in urban areas or townhomes and up to thousands of dollars a month, for estate maintenance. A good formula to go with is; labor + material + overhead + profit = a fair & justified price. You don't need to price what the other guy does, his price, like yours should follow a fair formula. Labor costs will be dependent on time spent, who & how many. Materials for lawn maintenance can be broken off to include consumables, like fuel & trimmer string, or if that is your primary business, included in overhead. Overhead will be the number it costs you to be in business, (trucks, machines, computers, programs, rent, utilities, licensing, insurance & all that business stuff) broken down by months, days or even hours. Profit should be a number that is included in the bid, not how much might be leftover at the end of a job, day, week or month.

    Determine how many guys, for how long, with what equipment, include what it costs for you to do the job, and how much your business should make. You may be able to calculate a sqft price from this, but unique circumstances may alter the price at each new location.

  3. DJJS

    DJJS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    charging by the square foot doesnt work for mowing, figure out about how long it'll take to mow, trim, edge & blow the walkways etc clear, I'm in Bergen county also so we probably deal with similar size lots, my average ranges from $ 32 a cut to $ 75 a cut, some are alot more and some are a little less but I wont drop the trailer gate for less then $ 25, no matter how small the property is. For mowing normal sized residentials, I shoot for around $ 80.00 - $ 90.00 per hour, we can do about 3 properties in that time

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