travel time

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Schlepie, Feb 18, 2004.

  1. Schlepie

    Schlepie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    after loading brush, leaves, ect. in your trailer and your ready to go dump, do you include travel time along with dump time for your billing purposes? What's the best way?
  2. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 538

    I would include that time in the overall bid but I would not list it out separately. A lot of customers may question why you charge so much for just driving.
  3. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,267

    I would charge from the time I start loading and stop when I leave the dumping site.
  4. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,170

    I'm like Lombardi, I never tell them my hourly rate but I calculate it in my head. Most don't have a problem with the overall price, which would include dumping.
  5. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 829

    I include it in the overall price. IF I happen to be charging hourly, the drive and unload time is definitely included.
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    when we have to do a dump we just charge them the disposal fee. If you are charging a travel fee, then you are servicing people too far out and need to narrow your service radius
  7. fastlane

    fastlane LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    If I leave the shop at 8am and return at 4:30pm 8hrs should be factored on customers bills.[less the half hour lunch]
  8. DJL

    DJL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    I estimate how many man-hours it's going to take. In other words if the job is going to take me 4 man-hours than I would charge 4 times my hourly wage (x). Then for transporting goods I charge at the rate of $x.xx/mile (y). I would then find the distance that the truck would be traveling from shop to work site to dump site back to shop. Then I would charge per cubic yard of debris (z).

    I would turn around and reply that it would cost him/her:

    (4x + y + z)
  9. Ground Master

    Ground Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    I charge a "Hauling Fee" which includes the dump fee and labor based on the amount I haul away.

    For instance:

    Full load: $48.00, this is a pickup load, cost me 12 to 16

    half load: $24.

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