Too Cheap????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawndreamer, Jul 1, 2003.

  1. lawndreamer

    lawndreamer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    I trimmed about ten bushes, approx 15' tall. I removed 5 additional bushes, hauled away all the brush. Trimmed dead branches out of 4 trees, with a pruner pole an a 09 stihl saw. It took me 3 1\2 hrs. 1 hr drive time. And i'm ate up with poison Ivy. I did the Job for 175.00 is that to cheap? I didn't have any help to pay.
  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    You must feel that you did it too cheap, or you wouldn't be posting about it. Its on the low side, but it sounded like a real PITA, and now your covered in Poison Ivy (didn't you see it?). If it was a cake job, and you took your time and didn't work too hard, $38 isn't too awful shabby if your solo.

    Bottom line, yes its way too cheap for my area for tree work. They're often close to $200/hr around here.
  3. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    That is rock bottom pricing for my area but only you can decide if this will cover expenses and make a profit for you. I would have charged a lot more with the poison ivy!

  4. Are you looking for a job?:D

    I'll vouch for this stuff, and like you it's really inexpensive.

  5. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    I've been getting closer to $250 for that type/amount of work.
  6. GrassBustersLawn

    GrassBustersLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 981

    How did you get rid of the debris? Did you have to pay?

    I charge $35 per man hour + $50 per trailer load of debris, so I would be right close to what you charged. (3.5x $35=122.50 + $50 = $172.50). I wouldn't drive an hour to do a job. I generally don't have to drive more than 15 minutes one-way. Costs me $25 to dump a trailer load at dump.

    I think that is VERY REASONABLE, but I still get alot of people that want to shop it until they find someone to do it for $10 an hour. Can't do anything about those people but shake my head and walk away.

  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    let them find those that offer $10 an hour for service because all they are going to get is a $10 an hour effort. Sell more quality, not price to the customers.
  8. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,119

    While that may be a quite bit on the low side, you have to look at it as,
    #1 Will this be a repeat job?
    #2 Did I learn anything from this job as far as time to complete vs price?
    #3 Did it take up the time you had set aside for more profitable jobs?
    Regardless, it's still money for your business.

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