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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by G&Plawn, Jul 21, 2003.

  1. G&Plawn

    G&Plawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    Hi iam the new guy to the business
    i am writing to ask about the right way to price yards
    i know all about the costs of getting there and gas and paying myself and profit
    what i am wondering is should i charge by the hour for a yard that it takes 2 people 2 hours to do or by the job
    i am using two 21 in toro pushers for most of my accounts just because of expense issues right now
    thank you
  2. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    perhaps $40-50? it's really hard to say.

    using (2) 21" mowers doesn't really fit the mold for $1/min that some guys use.

    until you get the commercial equipment i don't think you can justify the commercial price.
  3. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    just using 21" is not going to be justifiable to the home owner that you are charging them $50 to do their lawn in an hour, where as other companies may charge $25+ and do it in a fraction of the hour.

    You do have to start somewhere

    If the going rate is say $25 to do a lawn, then why not try for that price or a couple dollars less. Don't cheat yourself and do it for $16 - $20

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    i started that way 15 years ago good luck
    try to find out what the other lawns on that block are paying?
    get as much as you can, you do not want to be the cheap guy you want to be the quality guy, try renting a walk behind one day and see if that helps many rental places now carry them
    bottom line do not do it for free
  5. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,619

    Do a search on price and you should get lots of threads to read.

    I remember a long thread asking what people charge per yard and I think most said minimum $25 yard which I assume is for a typical suburban yard with average size yard (under 1/4 acre).
    Just depends on what going rate is in your area.

    It will probably take you an hour+ for mow/trim/blow with a 21" vs. 1/2 hour+- with 36" or greater walk behind.

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