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OK, we probably all have them, the Bi- Weekly clients. But how much do you charge them for an every other week service? I charge by the cut and I have been caught a couple of time saying that will cost them $25 a cut and then they say I want the service every other week. So what do you guys do? Charge double or extra on top. The trouble with doing bi-weekly estimates is that you really don't know how that grass is growing. Is it still fairly low at two weeks or is it like a jungle after two weeks. So putting a price on something can be tough.

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Down in FL it's gonna take monthly billing to survive .... can't do "per cuts" or "bi weekly" .... only single cuts are clean-up's or promo "check us out cuts" (which I really like as it gives a true time frame to make a good estimate with)

Fore us .... it's 42 cuts yearly .... figure the time "per cut" n get your yearly time .... multiple by your hourly rate you need to make at your point in time with what you have n your present expenses .... then divide by 12 for the monthly cost .... as you grow n expenses grow than increase your hourly rate ....

Coarse as you become more productive your time estimates will reduce .... but remember the added equip or employees hire to become more productive has a very real added cost ... thus one's rate must go up thru the years of service .... but this will "cap" out to what the local market will bare

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Would imagine that in the winter bi weekly is fine. Other than that every week would be better for you, your equipment and your bottom line..............:)


We have 2 customers getting the full package, but they tend to not water often enough. On occasion in the summer I have instructed the men to skip it over till the following week. No reason to cut a dust bowl every week. I bill them for 1.5 of the cut. Mind you this is summer, the lawn is dry and not growing.
 

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Bi what?? Don't even waste my time. How much will it cost you? Well of course double of every week mowing price. :cool:
 

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Burnouts? Every two weeks, charge service plus half.:cool:
Of cores the customer has to agree or its a weekly charge, as long as my trimer or mower touches the turf. Like GLAN, no reason to mow a dust bowl every week.
 

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never liked those acc. i was hardly worth the billing time unless they spent a lot on extras
dropped all 2 week acc. when i had enough every weekers
and wold not even quot a 2 weeker but if u have to do them i would go 1.5 per cut
 

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I think that if you need the business enough, then you will have to be flexible and give people what they want until you can fine tune your accounts and get what you want. It varies widely by area, but perhaps 30% more time per cut should be factored in if you're coming out less than weekly. And here, many lawns definitely will be harmed more than helped by weekly mowing during the dry hot summers with usually have(not this year, though). So you will have a hard time consistently charging for weekly service if the lawn truely does not need it. High end customers may just want to know you're taking care of it, but middle classers are a little more price conscious.

it's a tough thing to work out. One thing I know I won't do in the future is do any lawns 3x a month. IT may match the growth rate well, but it screws up routes completely. I would do a few "bi-weekly" customers (thin weed patches and slow growing zoysia) since they require very little time and I actually make a little extra charging so much more, but any healthy lawn gets mowed weekly unless it's a drought. So any lawn that needs it more than 2x/month gets it weekly.
 

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I set every account up as weekly. Due to dry conditions, they may become bi-weekly at my discression. I'd probably shy away from people who request bi-weekly service up front.
 

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Bi-weekly I charge twice a week, but bi-monthly I charge 1.5 X normal weekly rate. I have a couple like that which drive me crazy, but since I'm charging extra it helps me deal with it a little better.
 

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Weekly mowings or bust!!! The only time I will go every 2 weeks is if the grass is not growing due to a drought. We have had the best mowing season since going full time in 1986. I haven't missed a weekly cut since the first week of April :) :) :)
 

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I run into the 2 weekers often here and I do have a few accounts. A lot of times there is no way possible that they can be mowed weekly, because of the area that they are at. I do charge them a bid more than the weekly customers.
 

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Get you terms strait Bi-Weekly means twice per week ! Bi-Monthly means twice per month ! Watch your terms ! I have a friend that is about to go to court over a maintenance contract on an apartment complex that he wrote bi-weekly mowings in the contract and the new manager is claiming he has broken the contract and is attempting to force him to not only lose the contract but also to have to pay the difference in the lowest bid and his current contract rate for the remainder of his breached contract that he is about to lose ! She says that bi-weekly means twice per week and he says " It was meant to be twice per month, just ask the previous manager" He says the old manager only wanted it mowed every two weeks because they didn't have the $ in the budget to pay the $365 a month to do it every week ! $4380 a year for 18 mowings a year, leaf cleanup, pruning and trimming 280 ft of hedge ! They are saying he will have to pay the difference between what they are paying him now and what they will have to pay for the new contractor.

I guess the moral is watch your terminology !
 

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ah, bi-weekly, my ignorance has got the best of me this time, I am glad that someone is on the ball paying attention...price for bi-weekly stays the same as normal mowing
 

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Originally posted by GeorgiaGrassMan
From the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

Main Entry: 1bi·week·ly
Pronunciation: (")bI-'wE-klE
Function: adjective
Date: 1832
1 : occurring twice a week
2 : occurring every two weeks : FORTNIGHTLY
usage see BI-
- biweekly adverb
at least next time I will know what fortnightly means:D
 

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Our Policy on Every Other Week Customers:

1. Get mowed ONE time only. No double cutting. (no matter how crappy it looks)

2. Price is about 15% - 20% more then weekly mowing.

Most want mowing every week. Only a few bi-weeklys. I learned the hard way to ALWAYS ask what service they want BEFORE giving an estimate. And I usually mention price is more for bi-weekly cutting (just in case they change there mind later). And bi-weekly is at our discretion. If the lawn needs weekly mowing the customer must agree to weekly mowing.
 
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