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Monthly Lawn Maintenance

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by AllProLC, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. AllProLC

    AllProLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    Have current mowing customer who has physical disability & cannot do exterior work. Asked me today to give her a price on monthly maint. fee . Yard is not very big($35 mow/trim) has , has about 100ft. of flower beds, w/ flowers, shrubbery,mulch, etc. I am going to suggest Spring Clean-up 1st, before I will bid for mthly maint. Any suggestions?? Also wants price on mulch install.
  2. lurch

    lurch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    i'm a heartless Pri#$ right now since the Mavs just lost so i say charge your normal amount or don't take it if you're gonna feel bad
  3. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    just charge what you normally charge. if you feel bad, give her a 10% discount at the end of the month. or just give it to some low-baller that will do it for $15.00
  4. NELawnCare

    NELawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    Don't take her disability into consideration. It's a business deal. Does she want weekly service or bi-weekly service?
    I would bid out the first month seperately since it sounds like some spring clean up work.

    For weekly lawn service = $35x4 = $140/month
    Mulching (includes mulch and spreading) = $75/SQY (sounds like 2 or 2.5 SQ worth)
    Shrub trimming and flower bed maint = $25/hr (sounds like 2hrs worth)
    Total weekly estimate: $340 for the first month with the beds and mulch
    Thereafter, $140/month (for weekly service) or $70 (for bi-weekly service)

    Seems reasonable. But you can always offer her 10% off on the first month if you feel guilty. I wouldn't. If you don't do the work...someone else will.

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