Minimum Poll

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Willis, Aug 11, 2003.


Minimum mow, trim, edg?

  1. $20-$25

    24 vote(s)
  2. $25-$30

    26 vote(s)
  3. $30-$35

    20 vote(s)
  4. $35-$40

    6 vote(s)
  1. Willis

    Willis LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    Minimum mow, trim, edge, blow and go?
  2. Actually, I have a lawn that's about 20'x30' that is next to another lawn and it takes me no more than 7 minutes total. I charge her $15. If it's a lawn all by itself, my lowest price is $30.
  3. J&R

    J&R LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    go any lower that 35-40 your will be going out of the Biss.
  4. lawn perfection

    lawn perfection LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    I mow for no less than 30 dollars, anything less the next guy can do it. If i can't make any money why are we doing this.
  5. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Problem is....What if that "other lawn" isn't there! They move, die, whatever. Now your stuck with a $15 lawn!

    Almost always, price as if its a standalone property. Let the ease of proximity be YOUR advantage. Don't pass it on to the customer.
  6. maple city

    maple city LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 305

    My lowest is a $15.00 account that takes about 10-15 min. This is a strip in front of a business. I also do the owner's house, his daughter's and his sister's. Generally, I don't go under $25.00.
  7. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    I used to have a $15 lawn. It took me 6 minutes to do and was one of my customers' businesses, so I thought by giving them a good price I'd scoop up another lawn. What happened is that the lawn hardly grew and a few times i'd drive all the way out there and it wouldn't need to be mowed. Wasn't worth it in the long run
  8. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,403

    I really am amazed at some of the broad-brush comments made on these boards. How about taking a deep breath and trying to imagine circumstances other than those in your own little world before making such sweeping pronouncements of "truth".

    Someone mowing 3,000 ft lawns in close-by subdivisions making $25 each and taking 15 minutes on each is going to go out of business, eh? I'd love to see your math on that one.

    Another example: I do 5 lawns side by side in one subdivision. "only" $30 each. Takes me 105 minutes, average. $150 for 105 minutes. Even tossing in a 5 minute drive to the next neighborhood, that's still good money.

    Or alternatively, I could have demanded an arbitrary "minimum" of $35 each and made exactly $0.00 after they went with a lower bidder who would still be making a killing.

    I do one lawn at $23 and another at $24. Neither takes me more than 15 minutes. The rest are all over $30. But I'm still in business after 12 years. Must be a fluke.
  9. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    Where is the $45 button?
  10. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    Well done. I agree 100%.

    Green Pastures: do you do only commercial mowing? Cuz $45 is a bit steep. Unless you have a lot of accounts and are just raising the ceiling on your biz.....

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