Price Increase for 2009

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by tlg, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. tlg

    tlg LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    If you did a price increase how much? If you did no increase Why not?
  2. turfsolutions

    turfsolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    I have been in business for 13 seasons and have raised prices every year across the board with the exception of a select few customers. This year however, I am not raising prices. 2 reasons. The first obvious one is the extremely shaky economy. The second is gas prices and some product prices are down.
  3. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163

    I have raised my prices every year 5%....and did again this year!

    Figure I need a raise just like everyone else!

    With that said...I could probably lose about 15 or my avg size customers and "break even" on my sales dollars. With that said I will make the same money and do less work!

    Working smarter and not harder!

    Plus...fert is still up and who knows where fuel will be this summer!

    I paid over $4 for gas all last year and never passed anything on to the customer. This year it is not going to happen!
  4. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,503

    from what ive seen so far, material cost is gonna be pretty close to last year,
    or what i was paying last year. i decided on a 1-3% increase for this year.
    instead of doing a set % increase across the board, i went through every single customer and only upped the accts with high material cost vs labor 3% and
    kept a few low material cost accts the same as last year, and average accts 1-2%.
  5. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,737

    None this year. I had a pretty sizeable increase last year because I saw the "writing on the wall" and covered myself pretty well.

    I made so much money , I had to take a Business trip down to Florida to look at some used sprayers Disney World had for sale.:rolleyes: :laugh: :laugh:

    First part's true...second part's BS.
    Seriously, the economy is sucking so hard that I wanted to give my customers one less thing to worry about as far as "inflation"...hoping we can ride the storm out together.:usflag:

    LIBERTYLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,283

    As a rule, no increases this year. I raised prices substantially last year & pre-ordered first 3 rounds close to '07 prices:)

    Our county has the highest unemployment rate in the state: >15% :dizzy:
    I'm afraid to see what this season will bring. Oh well, this is nothing like our grandparents went through in the great depression! We'll just keep workin away:usflag:
  7. MStine315

    MStine315 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 789

    I went 5%. Last year I went 8% and in 06 4%. Fert. is locked in at 07 pricing as of last week. I toyed with no increase but I know I'm low to start with. I get flyers from the national companies that make me feel very comfortable with 5%. I hate to say it, but I'd rather lose a few and make more profit at the end of the year.
  8. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,167

    I raised price on about 20% of my customers this year. I do a per man hour estimate on each customer. Anybody under $200/hr got an increase. I had a very substantial increase last year so I can keep my increases down this year.
  9. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,469

    none for me.. i am raping them as it is... LOL

    only kidding ...
    some are getting a incerase...
  10. turfsolutions

    turfsolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854


    Good one Ant. It all depends on your situation and how you compare pricewise with your competition. I am on the high end compared to my competition so I have to be within reason. I will go through my list and raise a few of the lower priced customers, but thats about it price raise wise.

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