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Price to mow 1+ feet of thick green?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassgirl4, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. grassgirl4

    grassgirl4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    How much would you charge for the following job? Note: I've already done the initial 'knockdown' of this property (2 cuts)...there is still a lot of grass that requires further cuts to chop up and disperse clippings.

    I anticipate I will be commissioned to go back and 'pretty-up' the property this week (currently, this is not a regular job...but could turn into one).

    The particulars:
    * a little under an acre with a 9,000 sq ft storage warehouse
    * pretty much flat land
    * minimal trimming (once it's back under control, that is!!)
    * 60" 27hp Exmark ztr to do job

    The situation:
    * 14+ inches of rain in August
    * property neglected for a good month, translating to 1+ feet of thick green grass (much of it laid over, of course)
    * took 2 hours to do the 2 cuts and blow off the property

    My per-man-hour rate is $40. Based on time the price of the job would be $80. However, should I be charging more based on the conditions?

    How much would you charge? Would you charge more because it was an 'on-the-fly', last-minute thing and not a regular weekly job on your schedule? Would you charge more because the property had been neglected so long and was out of control? Would you charge more for above-average wear-and-tear on your mower? Would you charge more for other factors I haven't thought of? What would you charge?


    P.S. As mentioned, I've already done the initial job...but I need to give the guy a price/bill!! :clapping:
  2. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993


  3. BigLag

    BigLag LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    absolutely charge more..more for wear and tear...more for being a foot tall..i'm with in2mowin...minimum $150..but more like 200.
  4. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    $80 is WAY too low...If its gonna take you 2 hours then I agree with IN2MOWN... charge around $200. Not just because its last minute thing, but also because of the wear and tear on the equipment. Another way I look at jobs like that...how many $30 or $40 yards could I mow in the same amount of time. You just want to be sure to make it worth your while.
  5. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,270

    $150 to $200 sounds fair. It will use more gas, take longer and put alot of stress on the belts and blade clutch.
  6. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    what ever your per cut price is tell them it is that price times the number of times it takes to cut
  7. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    ................ Plus, a PIA factor of about 50%.
  8. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,780

    I buck the trend by charging by the hour on one-time type of deals like this, but I charge $60 per hour. I think you'd have a hard time getting $200 for mowing one acre, no matter how overgrown, in this market.

    We actually mowed one just today, which I had mowed a month ago (long story), and hadn't been mowed since. Over 2 acres, a bunch of 18+ inch crabgrass, and a crapload of trimming. Charged $150, probably should have been a bit more, but I've got the regular job of mowing the property now.

    You might, however, consider upping your hourly rate somewhat. I try to shoot for $50 on regular mowing, but have some that don't make it, most of which I started mowing 3 years ago, when I had a tendency to bid lower. Would like to get $60, and do on a few smaller properties, but most of mine are 1 acre up, and I find it hard to make that kind of hourly rate. I figure it costs me $12 per hour to operate a Z, plus all the associated costs of running a business. Good luck.
  9. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    no, dont do this, your still cutting yourself short. the $200 figure is looking more accurate. $40/hr per man is on the low side for weeding around here. now your adding equipment into the equation, your underpriced. by myself i can get 3-4 $40 lawns done in an hour, thats how i gauge things.
  10. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    ok he only has to weed whack once so for say 3 to 4 extra cuts on that he is just riding

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