Residential Spring Clean Up

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawncrafter1979, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. lawncrafter1979

    lawncrafter1979 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I am curious on how to price a residential for spring clean up? I know what I do for my commercials, but the average consumer is not going to want to pay what I am getting from my commercial accounts.

    I know what works for me with commercial and I am just not sure what most people charge for residential clean ups. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
  2. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
    Messages: 911

    Estimate how long that it will take you to complete the job. Then, multiply that by the amount per hour that you need to cover expenses and to pay for your salary. That is the minimum that you can possibly charge; if they say no, move on.
  3. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    Sounds like your just use to the larger dollar figures. Do you think a residential customer has the same huge property and requirements as your commercial accounts? Chances are, their lot is smaller which will take less time. Just do as doubleedge mentioned and be done.
  4. vinny69

    vinny69 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    p/rake ,aerate ,first cut =155 average size lot 3-4000 sq ft
  5. bjlc

    bjlc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    in our area, spring clean up can run anywhere from $50 to 110. It depends on the lot size. I charge 70.00 for a avg.lot. this includes power rake,power vac and power broom if need. Aeration is running at $50 a yard.

    The one thing I have learned that you have to have a set price and stick by it.

    You will not get every customer out there....from looking at the spring adds coming out in the want adds.... the low ballers are coming out of the woodwork.....buggers!!
  6. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    You need to spray some insecticides. There's bugs flying all around your equipment. :D :laugh::laugh:
  7. bjlc

    bjlc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    LOL....that's our Manitoba provincial bird......the
  8. CCC52

    CCC52 LawnSite Member
    from Zone 5
    Messages: 39

    I start at $25, that's to haul the debris (some may charge more, some may charge nothing). I figure the job is at least $100, otherwise why get out of bed, load and gas the truck? Half day, full day? I price it the same way I'd charge for any other service. Most of my small ones done this season were right around $100 total but they had very thorough fall clean-ups. I've got some bids out up to 3 times that amount for properties that were obviously neglected, similar in size but far more work involved. HTH
  9. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    For a spring clean up I charge 75-150 usually for residentials. Occacionally there are some that may be cheaper or more expensive but it all depends on the job.
  10. RLS24

    RLS24 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,603

    I usually do between $100-$150 JUST to clean up. mulch and redefining the bed edges is extra.

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