This was my first summer of lawncare work. I was fortunate enough to get the lawncare for a good sized development in my area(78 townhomes- mostly 4 plex's, 24 townhomes-8 plex's,25 individual homes) The builder still has control of the associations and I worked with them this Spring to come up with prices. Because I was new to the business I didn't have a clue about prices. The V.P. of the builder was extremely helpful, showing me the bids of the last two companies to do the lawncare. Everything was going great until this fall. The builder is now turning over the associations to the people. In preparation for this the builder printed finacial records for everyone and said dues were going to be raised to meet the cost for snowremoval, lawncare, irrigation, asphalt maintance, ect. People aren't to happy about it. I have gotten to know quite a few people through out the Summer and they feel that bids for snowremoval and lawncare are outragous and that the builder has fabricated the numbers and is covering up money use for other things. Unfortunatly they are close. I'am thinking about lowing prices and making them retroactive for the Summer. Before I do I was wondering if anyone could give me some feedback on pricing townhomes. I am already about 45% less the the previous contractor. I just want to be priced fair for the people and fair to myself. If anyone could give me ideas,prices, or how you figure your prices for townhomes (by the hour,by the square footage,?????) I would really appreciate it.