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Pricing lawn cutting by the year

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Global Organic, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. Global Organic

    Global Organic LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Our season in Ontario Canada is from mid April to the end of October. It is a one person job. For lawns up to 3000 sq ft I am thinking of charging $495 for the season. Does this sound high or low or close?
    Thanks
     
  2. nocutting

    nocutting LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    I did that when I 1st started, how about $22.50 per cut, smaller/$20, larger $25......always add that .50 cents, really adds up on the monthly charges:waving:
     
  3. dylan

    dylan Member
    Messages: 276

    Hi Global
    Welcome to the site.
    I'm in Ottawa, ON and might be able to give you some local insight.

    in Ottawa, the low guys get $15-$25 per cut or $300 to $500 per season.

    i used to cut at $550 and just couldn't make it work.
    Several of the bigger long term companies in the area charge $600 to $900.

    Last year I jumped to $1200 per season. Best decision in a while!

    Don't sell yourself short.
    Dylan
     
  4. TheGCentre

    TheGCentre LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Hi guys, I am working in Richmondhill, Ontario. It's great to see some Canadian members on this site.

    I'm still in the process of starting, so I am doing a lot of reading up on this site and it has been a great help.

    Dylan, if you don't mind me asking. How often do you cut the grass and what other services do you offer for $1200/season?

    Thank you for your help
     
  5. gofrisbee

    gofrisbee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Dylan, does that mean you are only cutting 20 times a season? Are you charging $60/cut when others are charging $15/cut lowball and $45/cut bigger companies? or do you cut more than 20 times a season?
     
  6. cenlo

    cenlo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 322

    I base all cuts on 24/season and a 3000ft2 lawn would be min. $30.00-$35.00. They pay per season and extra over 24 cuts. If you are insured, with equipment this should be a min. If you start lower it will take you years to get the prices up.
     
  7. TheGCentre

    TheGCentre LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    So do you do it once a week! Once every two weeks? What are the cutting rotations?
     
  8. cenlo

    cenlo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 322

    Once per week.
     
  9. TheGCentre

    TheGCentre LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    So I'm assuming you have assigned days to customers! Monday for house X, Tuesday for house Y and so on? Am I right?
     
  10. cenlo

    cenlo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 322

    You are correct!
     

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