What to charge?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by S&M Lawn Care, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. S&M Lawn Care

    S&M Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    There is a lady who would like me to remove many broken branches and other basic landscaping needs in a section of sumac forest that they purchased. I will not need any major equipment. But my question is how should i quote her? Per hour? Please any help would be great.
  2. S&M Lawn Care

    S&M Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    please someone? anyone?

    BUCKEYE MOWING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,169

    I would go by the hour...What is your basic rate ?? $20 to $30 an hour sounds resonable..IT also depends on how big the job is and do you just want to do it for a set price....it really depends on your overhead
  4. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    I have several accounts that I maintain like this where we just go in and do cleanup mainly brush and leaves and such. I have a k3500 dump and I can get a good two yards of stuff on easy,in turn I charge each customer $100.00plus tax per yard loaded , hauled and disposed of. It costs me $8.00 per cubic yard at the dump, gas and all the usual stuff so its easy to make $50.00 per yard profit and haul several yards a day.
  5. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 601

    How long does it take you to collect and load 2 yds of debris? Do you work solo? If we trim it's per hour, trimming and loading if we trimmed 2 yds worth I'd guess that be at least a couple, maybe three hours including cleanup it'll cost you 200-300 dollars , for labor, plus whatever to dump. If you go with a number like 30 per hour be sure thats per man hour.
  6. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    These accounts that we do this for are quick and easy loading, with me and two guys we get a load cut and in the truck in 30 mins and we are off to the dump,and these are properties where I have so much work that we come in whenever we have the free time to bang out a few loads and the property owners are OK with that. If we have a job that is a lot of trimming and clean up work and then its over we would most likely go with a per man hour rate, but as you all know each set of circumstances is unique and must be priced accordingly.

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