what would u charge?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by strayer1, Apr 25, 2004.

  1. strayer1

    strayer1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    started at 930am cleaned up a compost pile and fetilized her 5k yard.As i continued working she keeps stopping me to chat,then she asked me to clean up about a ton of scrap wood. took 2 FULL loads of crap from her yard on my 11'8" trailor also cleaned up a grape vine.Everything has been piled up for at least 7 years when her hubby died.Also trimmed a desent size shrub.ended the day there at 6:30pm. Also since i dont have a dump i had to unload trailor by hand...anyone give me a ballpark on what you would charge for that kinda work?I did it all for 300.00...she seemed a little upset with the price:mad: ....does that sound like too much?:confused:
  2. laborador

    laborador LawnSite Member
    Messages: 148

    Thats only about 33 dollars an hour. You should of charge at least 45 dollars an hour plus dump fee. I think your price is more than fair.
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    9:30 to 6:30 minus 1 hour for lunch... 8 hrs. = $320. Time driving to dump (2nd time, - I assume the first dump time was in the first set of time). 30 min? 45 min.? $20 conservatively. Dump fee.... handling.... (x2) 40 x 2 = $80.
    Time unloading 2nd load. .75 hr. = $30.

    Ok.... Total is $450. This is for a business to make it. Don't forfet, this gross.
    -$80 for dump fee/handling charge.
    -20 for gas, insurance, wear and tear.
    30% out for taxes.
    $350 - taxes.... =$245.
    Now, how much do you pay the business, and how much do you pay youself? Divide that out, and there you will have your answer. If the business made $100. of this deal, you just made $14. an hour.
    Don't forget to put some of that away for retirement and medical.
  4. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    $450. on a big job like that, she can talk to me all she wants for $50 per hour!
    I'd include the dump fees in a large job like that if I bid it earlier, but by the hour, it would be added, so with the lunch break, $450. I think she should be happy with your price, even consider herself lucky!
  5. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    I would figure around $425-$450 for the day
  6. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    $500 or higher if I was busy.
  7. iluvbermuda

    iluvbermuda LawnSite Member
    from S/E TN
    Messages: 108

    That price is more than fair.
  8. strayer1

    strayer1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    thanks for all the input i was just curious to see if i charged too much....now on another bid i was offered a job to remove 5 stumps and the roots.Dig down 4 inches around the stump and roots and topsoil over the whole mess and plant grass i bid it at 600.00?
  9. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,793

    That grass wont last long. Thats if it don't sink in a year.
    For your first Q 500.00 i ant busting my a@# for nothing.

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