Residential mowing prices

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Denlinger326, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    When I started in this biz in 2006/7 I threw out the $35 min charge. That flat out did not fly here...most of the time.

    Let's put it this way...if your prices have to drop to meet market pressure you flat out have to have market density to float the boat.

    Square foot flat rate prices is something I refuse to dabble with. Many smaller lawns are obstacle courses and burn up much time zigging and zagging and extra trimming.
  2. JBradshaw00

    JBradshaw00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    I haven't read every post in this thread, but I'm going to throw this out there. Where I'm at, every 3rd car has a mower behind it. But not every 3rd car knows how to use a mower properly to satisfy a customer. I've picked up 2 accounts in the 4 months I've done this part time due to the previous "LCO" not living up to their expectations. I run a solo operation and work full time at a rental company. I have a 12 accounts, a few just being mow and go and a couple I do here and there for people. I price every job individual to where it's profitable to me, satisfies the customer and ables me to spend the time to do a good job. I don't price per square foot, I don't price per tree. I price per time and adjust accordingly.

    I could be way off but at this time it's profitable and I'm going with it.
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  3. lawnman24949

    lawnman24949 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    When I first started 6 years ago my minimum price was $25. Now the minimum is $35 and those are lawns that take about 15 minutes. When I first started I had no idea what it cost an hour for me to operate, but now I have been able to figure out it cost $40 per hour to pay one employee and all my other expense so prices have had to increase. I am not the highest or lowest in my area but I am doing this for a living so I need to charge more than the guy doing it part time. I really don't think it matters what you charge as long as you are happy with the amount of money you are making and giving a quality product.
  4. CraigPLC

    CraigPLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    I was not, nor would I point my mower downward near a slope like that. No I just made a side pass, turned mower up hill when it popped a wheelie, the left rear tire slipped just enough that the mower still in a wheelie pivoted towards the left and when wheelie came down I was sideways, (as if I did a zero turn-but I didn't), but my front end was pointing downwards. THAT US WHERE I SHOULD HAVE STOPPED! But I panicked, I pulled back on the right hydro, pushed forward on the left to pop it up! But just went froward and slipped even further down the slope, and the more I tired to muscle it up the more it slid down. Finally I ripped the parking brake all the way up to try and stop it which is where you see the blades disengaged and the mower just slid down the slope. (The picture shows the blades were engaged then stopped) that is also the point were I jumped off.
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