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pricing spring clean up

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Dammscapes, Jul 1, 2004.

  1. Dammscapes

    Dammscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Wondering how you guys price spring and fall clean ups. Relative to the yard size? or how much debris is around? and to what extent do you take your clean up? just stray leaves and sticks or more? I'm just getting started and have been asked for a few estimates on yard clean ups spring and fall and am wary of going to low and taking a hit in the wallet.

  2. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,581

    Ask in September when I start thinking about cleanups.. They are a PITA and I don't think anyone likes to do them.. $70-$250 per hour depending on how many people I have on the job and how much equipment is needed.. NEVER BID A CLEANUP BY THE JOB, ALWAYS BY THE HOUR
  3. all degree

    all degree LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 344

    To be honest with you I bid stuff like that based on how long it will take 1st at about $50 per hour per man. So if two guys take an hour =$100 Plus if its a pain (fenced in back yard, hills, can leave the debris, just hate the account, lots of trees) I tack on a "pita" charge which can go from $25-$100.

    You really have to know what your customer is willing to pay and what people around you will charge and then try to maximize the combination. If it takes you an hour and your customer wont balk at $150 charge it. The tough part about cleanup work is that sometimes you can get a lot of work done quickly b/c the wind is with you or whatever.

    Charging by the hour can kill you but use it as a guide and then adjust to how much sweat you had to put in...
  4. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    Why not just

    $50-100 for 3 people x how many hours you think it will take to be completed?

    $50/h x 5hrs = 250 + 35-45 disposal fee..
  5. Dammscapes

    Dammscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    thanks guys, one last thing whats a PITA charge?
  6. Dammscapes

    Dammscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    never mind it just came to me!
  7. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,581

    Thats the problem, its how many hours you THINK it will take.. I have given estimates for cleanups in the past and priced it as a one price job.. Estimated for 3 hours and it took 7.. That was a big sign that I needed to start charging by the hour..

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