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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by spitfire3416, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,360

    At that price? All the time. Why? Most yards around here are less than 3500k of turf. Two man crew less than 15 mins. Commercial guys are eating each other for 10 dollars an acre! That I don't get!:usflag:
  2. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    $45 min no matter the size. I only have two at that price.
  3. Holleywood

    Holleywood LawnSite Member
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  4. spitfire3416

    spitfire3416 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    Sorry I didnt understand your comment. Are you saying 35 is too cheap for a 5k turf or too expensive?
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  5. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    $30 to $35 1/4 acre or less plus sales tax.
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,360

    Just right. We do them day in and out for that price, but many here will tell you that's toos cheap.
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  7. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    Size is only one factor that goes into bidding, degree of difficulty, household income, etc etc! I had a guy that called for a bid this past season that had about 7K sq ft, but he had a brand new Mercedes and brand new BMW sitting in front of a half million dollar house, you think I'm going to bid $35 for him? No! I didn't get the job but I don't care, I'm not going to be some rich guys "Lawn Boy" And so far it's been my experience that those are the guys that generally are PIA customers anyway, so why not get paid for having to deal with them.
  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,360

    These are the exception around here. I'm talking about the day in and out ,bread and butter type. I have the high end types but they only make up 10% of my total number of accounts. 35 is a 15 minute two man job and I have a few hundred of those. Plus being in FL I get to mow them all year long.
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  9. Dr. Cornwallis

    Dr. Cornwallis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    I generally mow for no less than $30.00 a cut for a standard residential yard. Thats mow, edge, trim, blow everything off. I wont touch a yard for less than $20.00. I have a few accounts where I mow for $20 a cut but these are yards so small it takes me more time to turn the truck around and get my mower off than actually mow. I'm there for less than 20 minutes, these yards are also right around the corner from a few higher end clients I mow so, I'm not really out much in time/labor.

    When I'm estimating a yard I look at the size, how close it is to other clients, amount of trim work, edge work, landscaping that needs caring for... I give my clients what they pay for. If all they want me to do is mow, edge, trim, and cleanup with maybe a few hedges to trim, I'm going to charge a lot less than a house on a 1/2 acre lot with several flower beds full of landscaping thats needs to be trimmed and weeded.
  10. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570


    i see everyone fixating on sqft.....WRONG.......

    first thing to do is find out what your actual cost per hour are.

    after deriving that cost, everything else is easy. You can take a week or two and stopwatch all your yards. divide the time and sq ft and you will get min/sqft. now you have what you need calculate your pricing..

    that being said... We have a minimum $40.00 charge.
    one thing you should be taking into consideration is what it cost you to bill a client.
    Every invoice we send costs us about $5.00.

    If you have not figured this into your costs, it can add up...

    mow a yard twice in a month for $35.00... you have a $70.00 billing. If you are operating on a 15% net profit, your profit will be $10.50. if you have not included the billing cost, that will eat up HALF of your profit......OUCH..

    SOLO operators.. don't start with the " i make 70%...".... You look at profit AFTER you pay all expenses AND pay yourself a salary... it is what the BUSINESS makes, not you....

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