Name your price

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lee b, Mar 24, 2001.

  1. lee b

    lee b LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,206

    I've been strictly commercial, until now. New residential customer has a large yard {6 acres of grass}, with 2 ponds, about 30 trees, and several large flower beds. They only want the grass mowed, nothing else, they do a nice job keeping everything else up. I think it'll take about 2 to 2.5 hours to mow. This could lead to some good referral work with the local upper-crust so I want to treat them right. So what would ya'll charge per cut, based on 2 cuts per month.
  2. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    Weekly- $240 per cut
    ever 2 weeks- $350 per cut- its much harder on your equipment and you when the grass goes 2 weeks in between cuts! Youll have to double cut every time to get it lookin half decnt after 14 days of growth!
  3. skyphoto

    skyphoto LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    Now dont beat me up here but if this was a bid for me I would bid it @3.5 hrs to make sure I covered my time then charge 40.00 per hour That is 140.00.....aint even close to Evan, but if it the people only see me out in their yard for about 3 hrs and I try to charge them more they will not pay me because they had their septic line dug up a few weeks ago and the backhoe only cost them $50.00/Hr with an operator then they ask me what my cost are compared to his and I can not argue as I would not be in my markets scale to charge any more....

    Dont beat me up!!!!!

    Oh ya and I bet I would have to charge less than that because if part of that time is spent with a trimmer they(the client) would never allow a guy in their yard with a weedeater to charge them $40.00/hr??????!@#?!@?#

    People around here are just like this I swear! Im not kidding on this!

    [Edited by skyphoto on 03-24-2001 at 11:32 PM]
  4. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    i'm in agreement with sky under $200, the ponds and large beds have to take around a acre up so your down to about 5-5.5 if not more. you should be able to fly through the yard. i cut my aunts yard and it was 2.5 acres and it took me a hour to do it all. just to give you a idea. it was with a 52" and 48" 2 man crew.
  5. lee b

    lee b LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,206

    Skyphoto, your market is real similar to mine, so I'm not gonna beat you up. The customer is offering $135.00 per cut, which is actually pretty good on residential in this area. This is for mowing, no weedeating or edging. Last LCO did it for $100.00 per cut. I was just wondering if anybody else's residential market was this cheap. This is the reason I've stayed with large commercial, but to expand in a small town I'm gonna have to do some of both. Pennsylvania must be a great place to be a LCO, you'd never get Evan528 price here.
  6. igm

    igm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19


    The thing about the backhoe is that he most likely also has a 4 hour minimum. So if he was only out there digging for an hour he still got his $200. Plus, was he doing any other work on the septic system that he was selling also? I think the thing is you charge what you have to charge to make what you need to, and if you get the job fine, if not, then no big deal. You can't really compare to other services they've hired out and try to put a relative value on them. But, I think I'm with Evan, I'd go more with the $240 range or at least $200 +.

  7. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    If they are looking for top notch maintenance but are not really looking to spend top dollar, I would bid them at $35 an acre.

    With the fact that you are just mow and blow this puts you ahead of the game because there is minimal to no string trimming.

    Good Luck this season!
  8. I would never take a job like that w/o getting the fertilization contract also.

    What will happen is either the homeowner or big green will come along and apply 2lbs of N/1Ksqft with 100% urea? You will die mowing all that growth.

    [Edited by lawrence stone on 03-25-2001 at 10:57 AM]
  9. jimsmowin

    jimsmowin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    one man one mower = 35-40 per hour. in this part of pa we have 2 markets. depends on area. if their offering 135, take it.
  10. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    If all they want is mow I would charge what ever your hr.
    rate is less 5 percent for volume work.I would mow this baby smooth as babies behind.Never can tell , you could end up doing many of their friends an family.Id bet you will end up doing a lot of other wk other than just mowing.

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