Also keep in mind not everyone follows this 'norm' of mulching leaves...even if we are old, young, don't know anybetter, whatever. However, yes, you need to know your expenses and charge accordingly.MOW ED said:I do not call it leaf removal, its leaf control. Since you are new and have not searched on this subject I will first suggest it.
Leaves are mulched to dust on the property, no bagging. If a customer wants them "bagged" then they can do it themselves. I will collect leaves that have been mulched on a few select properties that are high profile. They get vacuumed into the Walker and dumped at the curb for city pick up. Nothing is hauled away or put into bags. I hauled away in my early years when I didn't know better but never again. If your customers demand bagging and removal, you must know your costs and bill accordingly. I don't know your business so I can't begin to tell you what to bid. If you take any lesson from here it is; know your business. Overhead and expenses have to be paid, after that its profit. Anyone can collect leaves and do physical work, successful people know how to also run a business. Good Luck.
darryl gesner said:For a couple of jobs, I also sub to a friend who has a leaf vac. He only charged me $50/hr last year for himself, the vac and a helper, with no dump time or fees, but he was just starting out. He actually only asked me for $35/hour but I paid him $50. He's not the most reliable guy or I probably would have had him do all my cleanups for me.