Rate increase?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Landgreen, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Landgreen

    Landgreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    Curious as to how many of you plan on raising prices. I don't see any way around it. Practically everying I purchase has gone up. Fert, WC, heck even my family grocery bill is nuts.

    I'm bumping up everything on average of 7%. Can't wait for the complaints but need to stay up with costs somehow. Anyone else?
  2. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    Every year,you said it costs go up.
  3. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,503

    it would seem right now that most all business related costs/expenses are going to be flat, with the fertilizer being uncertain as always,

    but your right the cost of living is increasing, obamacare should have healthcare and taxes increasing , groceries have certainly been going up
  4. Efficiency

    Efficiency LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 6
    Messages: 1,857

    Same pricing as last 4 years
  5. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    Only bad thing about that is when you need to raise your prices it will be a shock to them .A little at a time is better.
  6. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,673

    Yes. $3 is a nice round number that I like.
  7. Landgreen

    Landgreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    With higher rates for all my services I am going to discontinue my fuel charge since it is covered. That seems to tick many off since they see it every month on their bill. Some dont even pay it.
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  8. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163

    Same here!

    We have been able to hold pricing on our existing customers and darn proud of it.

    We do however have a small price increase on new customers every year.

    Our input costs are almost less this year then last year and the only wild card will be fuel. And we will have 25% of it locked in here real soon.
  9. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    Same here accept for my fert pricing which I don't lock in for several reasons.

    What I try to do to offset expenses going up is to be more and more efficient with my expenses instead of running to my bread and butter every year and asking for more.

    I have never raised a price on an existing client and probably never will.
  10. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,061

    Cant realy blame em. Fuel is your cost , not theirs. Hide it in the bill.

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