Pricing hazardous jobs

Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by Steve, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Steve

    Steve LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from NE FL
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    How do you put a price on something that is hazardous?

    Example, I've seen somebody say they charge minimum $35 to use the chainsaw. So maybe a 10' tree take 2 cuts, one in the middle and one at the base and boom you're done in 2 minutes. Why not 20 or 25 dollars?

    Cleaning roof, do you charge more for a steep angled roof vs an almost flat roof?
     
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  2. Mitty87

    Mitty87 LawnSite Silver Member
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    For any job that can potentially be dangerous, employees expect to be compensated for it. With the tree, you still have travel time, cleanup, time spent quoting it, there should be minimum a few hours for anything unless you are including the tree with other work.
     
  3. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
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    It depends on the hazard. Personally I as a solo avoid jobs that are hazardous like climbing into roofs or cutting down large trees. I stick to what I'm good at and makes me money.

    Remember Steve not every call or lead is a job you want to take. Sometimes it's best to say no and move onto a better job or client.
     
  4. OP
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    Steve

    Steve LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from NE FL
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    Let me clarify, this would be work on a newer existing customer that I am going to suggest a few things. Cutting some low branches that are too big loppers, cutting up some weed trees that are a little large.
     
  5. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
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    What I do for stuff like that is get my base price. Hourly x time. Then add a hassle up charge. It depends on what it is how much it goes. Like for example a simple annual color change that is out front a condo building will be charged the basic hourly x time. Where the same install on a rooftop will be (basic x time)+hassle=price. The hassle charge usually falls in the 20-50% range. For my example access to the roof via an elevator will be less then having to climb stairs or even more for a ladder.

    I make sure of two things when pricing anything. 1. Do I make money 2. Is it enough money for me to do it. Sure I can make money cutting a branch out of a tree for $20. But the juice needs to be worth the squeeze.
     
  6. Mudly

    Mudly LawnSite Senior Member
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    So whats a landscaper with landscaping insurance doing on a roof...
     
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  7. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Tree guys charge more for experience, equipment and insurance all based on risk

    Tree service insurance is very expensivepayuppayuppayup
     
  8. Mitty87

    Mitty87 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Any ladder work I do, for example tall hedges should have a hassle charge, 5-6 hours on a ladder with a hedge trimmer in the sun and you aren’t going to want to start another job. Needs to be billed for a full day.
     
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    Steve

    Steve LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from NE FL
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    build up of leave's or branches on the roof, or I've even seen a guy with the blower on the roof cleaning out the gutter, or even like Mitty said, being on a ladder doing some tall hedges.

    I'm not talking about tree's that require ropes, bucket trucks, or tree climbing. I'm talking about a smaller tree that can be handled from the ground without any special skills. No way I'm touching a giant oak or pine tree.
     
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