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What to charge??

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by qcontrol23, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. qcontrol23

    qcontrol23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I live in Missouri and am about to open a lawn care business but what rates should i charge to cut, edge, and trim someones lawn? Do you guys have prices for say a quarter acre, half acre, acre, acre and a half, 2 acres and so forth and if so what do you charge for each?
  2. Green King TLC

    Green King TLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    I was told to charge $1.00 per minute.:usflag:
  3. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    $1.00 per minute doesnt work because not everyone has 60+" decks on there riders.....
    I charge by the size and a little based on time it takes me. I have a $30.00 minimum which is for very tiny yards close to other profitable accounts. I usually charge $35.00 for a 1/4 acre, $35-40 for a 1/2 acre, $50 for 3/4 acre and $60.00 an acre. I never take prices off of that because of minimal trimming, but I will tack on more if trimming is more time consuming.
  4. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    it's NOT Charge 1.00 a minute.... ITS keep your time around 1.00 a minute.

    there is a LARGE diffrence there guys

    BOSCHERT LAWN CARE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    $20-30 is the going rate around the city
  6. qcontrol23

    qcontrol23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    $20- $30 for what size of yard??
  7. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    No way! If that is all you get, why the heck are you in this business? I average $105 - $120 per hour cutting grass (including drive time). With a minimum of $35 and hardly nobody gets that price these days.
    GUYS....you HAVE to RAISE your prices!!!!!! DO NOT BE SCARED!!!!!!!!! The price of everything is going up. Your prices should be too. If you are only getting $20 per yard, you are NOT making money.
  8. bill9009

    bill9009 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    $40 per 1/4, 55 1/2 70 1 acre, upstate NY, probably still on the low side though
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Look it's easy, just bid $5,000,000 on every single job no matter what.
    Then all you need is one to say yes, do the work, get paid, and you can retire.

    Now I don't know whether you'll get anyone TO say yes, but...
  10. Green King TLC

    Green King TLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    $1.00 per minute is while your on the job working. you still have you drive time and fuel and the other crap thats involved.

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