Pricing an apartment complex

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Hotty Toddy, Aug 31, 2019.

  1. Hotty Toddy

    Hotty Toddy LawnSite Member
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    4EA4B789-1E48-46B3-BBAB-AC6A3338C525.jpeg 44727491-C016-4AA6-8D65-D3D1288F2761.jpeg E4BFC05F-7738-401C-8ECA-58533899C543.jpeg 81E2A754-67B7-47D0-A208-4E55307FB1F5.jpeg i mowed a small, 8 unit apartment complex today. It was overgrown with crab grass and bahalia grass. Sidewalk edges we’re overgrown. Several fire ant hills.

    It took me two hours to mow, edge, and blow the property (solo, 21” self-propelled walk behind Honda).

    This is my first “commercial” property. What would you charge?
     
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  2. JMK26

    JMK26 LawnSite Fanatic
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    If it was that overgrown all over it'd be $200 for the first cut. $40-$45 per week after that.

    Commercial doesn't matter. Doesn't look too big...kind of like a typical residential single family home.

    Those prices are with my equipment not a pushmower. Shouldn't change the price though. My opinion is you don't charge more for a push mower unless the homeowner requests it be used when you have better options.
     
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  3. JLSLLC

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    $150-175 per cut. Weekly preferred. I’ve been there, it’s not fun.. upgrade asap like you mentioned somewhere else
     
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    Hotty Toddy

    Hotty Toddy LawnSite Member
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    As soon as I get the cash I will. Decided to pay cash for whatever I get.
     
  5. JLSLLC

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Smart move, best wishes. Keep us posted
     
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  6. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Silver Member
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    What do you charge per hr for a regular lawn? Once it's under control how long will this take you?

    Hourly rate x time working = price to charge.
     
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    Hotty Toddy

    Hotty Toddy LawnSite Member
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    For landscaping projects I charge $50/hr. “Typical” lawns are $50/cut which take 35-45 minutes.
     
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  8. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Silver Member
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    So you have 1 possible price for all mowings?
     
  9. JMK26

    JMK26 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Is this property bigger than I'm picturing in my head?

    Looks like about 5 to 8 minutes on a mower with a couple passes in back, and a couple passes in front and then about 5 minutes of weed eating to me.

    Am I missing a big field somewhere?
     
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    Hotty Toddy

    Hotty Toddy LawnSite Member
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    I only included pictures to show the grass and some of the layout.
     

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