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Pricing jobs..

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Dominicano, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. Dominicano

    Dominicano LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Guys - how do you determine when to charge by the hour or by the job?? I'm assuming if it's going to take several hours to do a job you charge by the hour (I may be wrong) but I was wondering if there is a rule-of-thumb for this or if it's just preference? Also, how do you price the job when taking the square footage of a yard? is there a rule of thumb when charging by the square footage or what??:confused::confused: These may be silly questions but I'm just starting out and want to get an idea on how to charge when pricing jobs.
    Thanks in advance.
  2. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    This one has been beaten to death........

    to answer your question, NO.

    try to keep your time "with a helper" at around 50 to 60 an hour.

    Dont ever say hour, around a customer, Most prople know that if you charge by the hour your there employee,,,,,,,
  3. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    If its something you have done before and looks pretty straight forward then just bid the job you should already know how long it will take. If its something you have never done before or it looks like there might be something your not sure of then bid by the hour so you don't lose your butt.

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