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Minimum Price Per Application + Pricing in General

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by lawnlandscape, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 780

    Yes, yes, I know what your thinking. So I will start to say that I'm not new in this business and I'm not looking for handouts :)

    I was just curious what some of your minimum prices per application are? The reason I am asking is because I just found out what some of my competition is charging for some of their lawns and was blown away!

    My minimum price per application is currently at $34.99 for a 1-3k lawn. At 8k I'm at $44.99. 15k - $62.49 25k - $87.49.

    Up until recently I was thinking about increasing my minimum charge, until I saw some prices from other company's. A potential customer showed me a proposal from Spring Green for a 5k lawn size for $33.00 per ap. My current rate for that sized yard is $37.99, which I thought previously was to low. Then, the very next day, another potential customer showed me a proposal from one of my largest local competitor's for $32 per ap for a 7k lawn size! My rate for 7k is currently $42.49!

    I am curious what some of your minimum ap rates are, and how you think my overall rates are for a Midwest lawn care company? Are these company's crazy low, or am I just losing my mind! Here I thought I was not making enough. I have no idea how these guys are making anything! :dizzy:
  2. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    $42.00 min
  3. jasontimm

    jasontimm LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 362

    $40 min, but other will tell you, alot depends on your overhead and buying power, for example, i was price checking 3-way today, i recieved prices from 18 all the way up to 30 dollars / gal. for yhe exact same product, so...if you are buying at a high price then you better be charging more.
  4. fireman gus

    fireman gus LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 517

    Our minimum is $30.00. Sometimes I feel bad about that price but considering my overhead that price must be firm.
  5. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,263

    You feel bad that it's too high or too low??
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,717

    Your prices are not out of line. Other companies are price cutting. If your quality and service is higher than them, you should have no problems.
    I heard a rumor that a big company last year was charging 6 dollars per thousand plus a "stop charge" of $22.
  7. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    Not trying to be a smart ass, How do you guys make it on such low prices???? My costs are higher than what some of you charge.
  8. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    i have some small lawns <3000m
  9. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    I don't have many small properties, mainly 30K-300K+. But when I look at a property....not only do I "size" it, but I also look at the terrain, type of grass, condition of turf, etc. This is something I carried over from 3 decades of mowing.

    So, I really don't have a set minimum. However, if I did, it would all be dependent on the ease of job.
  10. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    I forget your hard pan compared to my sand doesn't need half as much attention. Therefore your cost per thousand isn't half of mine.

    I recently had a conversation with an other CPO about bidding a 30 acre complex. There is 750 K of turf to be treated and TG/CL was on the bid list. BTW this is cut into multiply small areas where only pulling hose would work. From past experience we know TG/CL would low ball this job at $ 7.00 per K. Therefore the conversation was about the economics of trying to put together a treatment plan that he could sell for $ 6.95 a thousand.

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