Mowing price per SQFT?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by qualitylawnmanagement, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    How many of you guys do this? How much are you charging per SQFT? Do you change your price accordingly from residential and commercial? All of my equipment is paid for and will only have a new truck payment (totaled my 1997 F-250), fuel, laborers to pay, and normal business expenses (taxes, license, and such) for next year. so what I am looking for is a simple price guide to go by for mowing and fertilizer. I made up my own my don't know how my numbers compare to what I should be charging.

    What should I be charging per SQFT for mowing?
    What Should I be charging per SQFT for fertilizer & Weed Killer?

    If some one could post some of their numbers for these I will gladly appreciate it.

    Thanks mike!
  2. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    You cannot (at least I don't) price mowing by the square foot. The reason is my services include edging, trimming, bed edging and blowing, and possible hedge trimming touchups and on my service agreement customers, I apply weed killer in the beds and other hard to trim areas. The extras aside from mowing have nothing to do with square feet. I have one half acre property that takes twice as long to service with less mowing area than another 1/2 acre property with twice the amount of grass. The difference is the bededging and other general service at the property.

    I use my judgement of estimated time to price a property. I also have a minimum charge of $40. I will not unload any equipment for less than that. Do I get all of the accounts that I get called to do an estimate on, NO. However, I make sure that I am making money on all of the properties that I service.

    So far, I have not had any complaints to my service.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Fertilizing can be estimated by the square foot, simple enough.

    Mowing must be estimated by the man hour regardless of whether it's residential or commercial. Am I supposed to tell my employees they will make less per hour on commercial properties than residential since commercial properties for the norm go lower in mowing per acre?
  4. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    some yards have lots more trimming, or hills, no good way of estimationng by the sqft...

    hey where you from, neighbor..
  5. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    I'm sure you are aware that it does not matter if the equipment is paid for, your still going to have to replace it at some point.

    I agree that pricing by sqft isn't the best way unless you have some formula to compensate for all the things that slow you down.

    Here is a link to a really great article (pertaining to snow, but numbers are numbers) ....uh, I guess they don't have a website anymore. Do you get Sima's magazine "Snow Business" its the article on page 22 "Is snow worth the risk"
  6. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    I live in Lima, Ohio.
  7. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    i like it out that way, very nice......:)
    how did you like the test for pesticides by the dept of agriculture, im studying for mine now...
  8. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    Yea, I hear you bout buying new equipment, but all my major mowing equipment is paid off for next year. So yea I may have to buy a new trimmer or blower as the season goes on but its not a 11,000 piece of equipment either. I'm not a SIMA member yet, plan to be though.
  9. Eurosport

    Eurosport LawnSite Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 152

    This should not affect your pricing at all. Do doctors or dentists lower their rates once their equipment is paid off?
  10. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    I havn't taken the test yet. I sub all my out to my friend and and has done great work for me so far and plan to keep it like that for a year or two until I can get my prices under wrap. But I want to a couple cause I had on customer drop me cause my sub hired a person to work for him and do the fert for him and he ends up doing the wrong house the whole season lol. By the way what is your last name, I think I may of talked to you at the Knights Of Columbus in Lima this year or maybe I am thinking about someone else named Dave.

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