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Mowing price per SQFT?

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

  1. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    No I'm not saying I am lowering my rates, it is just I will be bringing in more profit since the equipment is paid for. Most guys on here will ask how much to charge and alot of people will reply back what equipment do you own and is it paid for yet. I was just stating that the equipment is paid for and wont have to worry about any big payments. If anything I am raising my rates so I got money to buy new mowing equipment.
  2. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    Qualitylawnmanagement - Your signature is like yelling - takes up more space than 5 normal replys.
  3. Allen's LS

    Allen's LS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 0

    If you PM me I can send you a Excel spread sheet that I use as a guide. You can change the price per hour and whatnot.
  4. vincent c. gomeyac

    vincent c. gomeyac LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    No Sir, it is not HARD at all to pay TAXES and Speak ENGLISH at the same time.
  5. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    I know of guys that use a sq ft price, and then enter it into their excel program, or whatever, which also includes linear feet of trimming, a variable for obstacles, and then an extra number or two for other stuff that needs to be charged for.

    Me, I find it much easier to go look at a job and say "xxx.xx per month please."

    Flex-Deck - nice to see you're still around.
  6. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    In my operation there are two things that enter into my bidding of a property.
    1. Size - I bid by the acre ($45 minimum up to 1 acre - $25/acre after that)
    2. Complications Involved - (Extra trimming - curbs - high trash accumulation) These may warrant upping the bid a bit on an individual basis.

    I have found that a property is a property, and it is going to get mowed for what the market bears in my area. Therefore I do not think it makes any difference to the consumer as to whether
    1. My equipment is paid for:
    2. I have to drive farther than another LCO
    3. What kind of equipment I run - as long as it does a good job.

    I really believe in keeping my operation dedicated to mowing (spraying and fertilizing) - All my equipment is dedicated to being the most efficient I can be as to doing a top notch job in the shortest time possible. All my equipment basically runs every day. If I split up into landscaping etc, I have twice the equipment involved, and 1/2 of it is setting around when the other 1/2 is being used.
    Thanks, Brad
  7. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    No, it's never really paid for. Sure, you can say you don't owe money on it(to the bank anyways). It still costs you money to operate, even if you've paid cash for it, and never had to replace a single part or fill it with gas throughout the life of the machine. You will also have to replace it down the road.

    For the original question, it would be too impractical to price by the square foot. Sure, property size will factor into it but so will many other variables.

    Price by TIME, not by size.
  8. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    If you would of look at my first post and a few post in this thread is will stat that yes it will cost me to operate and have to buy a new machine down the road. But its not like I own 11000 on a machine each year, every other year yes but not every year.

    In my first post it will stat:fuel, laborers to pay, and normal business expenses (taxes, license, and such)

    to operate it yes This will be normal business expenses, fuel. I'm not saying you didn't read the whole thread but before you post something that I should be considering in this factor and I have at least read it all. Don't take this offensive its just this whole thread got taken over by a none related post in here not saying you made one, you made a very strong point.
  9. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    ok, back to the subject.
  10. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    Thanks very much for the spread sheet.

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