Tough to say Bob, I am a small one man LCO in bus for 6 years and each job has different requirements. Your example is for 8 man hours at 31.25 per hour. Not bad but it depends on different variables. I personally do not bid on a per hour basis but I do have a minimum charge of 20.00 as some of my customers lawns take me 20 minutes and some take 2 hours but the variables are the key. What I mean by variables is , is the job a job that you want, will the job get you other jobs, will you be able to sell additional services, can you easily fit the job into your route, and do you know what your costs of business are amongst other variables.
Each area of the map is a little different as to what the market dictates so I can't give you specifics on price but I can tell you not to bid mowing on a per hour basis to the customer. Measure each property and look carefully there may be lots of trimming or special requirements that can sink you. Communication with the customer is a great part of your bid. Figure out your cost of business and from there you can get started.
There are many more wiser than I here and I highly recommend reading many opinions. Good Luck - welcome to Lawnsite.
Where in Ontario are you from?
I'm near Ottawa.
Our rates may be a bit closer than what you will see from around the states.
There are almost ten? guys here from Ont. I think you will see some more local information soon.
My pricing works out to between $30 to $40 hour Can. for mow and go. Never any edge trimming here in the sticks, some string trimmer work and round up around everything else. We aren't full time yet but will be soon. Most of the properties are 1/2 to 4 acres in size. Very few go for any extras other than spraying and fertilizing on some.
Variables that are included in what makes up someone's charge per man hour would be market value. Higher market areas are able and need to get more due to higher price of living and other variables due to region and area. So someone's $30 charge per man hour can be equal to another's $50 charge per man hour. So saying someone needs to get this or that to stay in business may not be true. We each have our own numbers due to overhead and other expenses, so you really need to look at profit margin and the rate that it is.
[Edited by LoneStarLawn on 01-23-2001 at 10:17 PM]
From talking to people in my area the going rate is around $40.00 per hour per person. I do believe that the price also depends on what equipment to have to use and the property you are mowing. For example if a property is more difficult to cut than another but takes the same amount of time then I would charge more.