What should clean up run a hour?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by coryjones, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. coryjones

    coryjones LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I have been doing some major clean ups. I just finished one that took 32 hours. I cut him a pretty good deal he is a friend and has given me a ton of work and has a ton more for me. Might just get me through winter he has a 2,800 square foot garage he wants built. I charged him $20 a hour. I have another one i am doing and i decided to see what the limit people would pay and told her $50 a hour. I have 8 hours in it already. Most stuff i bid by the job but clean up like this one is tough to do.
  2. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,327

    It depends on many things, if you're out there with a rake and a tarp, $15 may be fine, but if you have 2 br 600's a leaf loader, 2 bagging mowers, a leaf plow, etc. you will have to charge over $15 an hour to cover your overhead.

    I guess just find out how much you need to cover your overhead, and add however much you want to make to that. It's different for everyone I suppose.

    I'm personally going to try to charge by the job this fall, I think people would rather pay $125 for a cleanup than $50 an hour, even if it comes out to be the same price.

    Lets see what everyone else has to say.
  3. coryjones

    coryjones LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I understand it is different to everyone the ones i have been doing like the last one i hauled 13 loads of bushes and trees and stuff off and moved about 3 ton of river rock by hand. Nothing overly complicated but hard work. It is just me and maybe a friend under the table. The only over head at this time is fuel and insurance everything is paid for.
  4. Peerless Lawn Care

    Peerless Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Messages: 47

    If I am running 2 people with leaf blowers, myself on the Exmark and loading it into a dump truck with a Billy Goat vacuum system I try to get $100/ hour for fall clean-up.
  5. coryjones

    coryjones LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I am talking about stuff like cut down small trees pull stumps find the yard lol
  6. Prolawnservice

    Prolawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 612

    We get $60 per man per hour + equipment ie tractor with loader and rake gets $100 per hr stump grinder $80 per hr ect...
  7. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    $126.00 per hour for a two man crew.
  8. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    YUP, we run at 125.00 per hour.
  9. stan the man

    stan the man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 702

    two man crew and equipment 125.00 hour
  10. MarkintheGarden

    MarkintheGarden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,133

    If something is paid for, the cost of that thing is still part of the overhead.

    Search the threads for calculating your overhead, you will find lots of good posts and even links to videos on the topic.

    When you know your overhead, you can then calculate your hourly rate(s).

    If you have hourly rates based on solid numbers, then all you have to do is estimate how long it will take you to do a given job.

    No, it is not as easy as just posting a question here, but I hope no one ever told you it would be easy to own and operate your own business.

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