What's the best way to price

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Big Reggie Regg, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. Big Reggie Regg

    Big Reggie Regg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    When doing a leaf job what is the best way you to get payed.Should you charge hourly or a flat rate ..
  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,266

    what do you mean by a 'leaf job'?
    Bagging a lawn? Complete fall cleanup?
    If fall cleanup, I charge by the hour including time spent hauling leaves to the brush dump.
  3. ghfire

    ghfire LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    All ways go high when doing leaves.
  4. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    i always charge flat rate. You dont need customers watching you taking a break etc. That being said i base my price with time. I can tell by looking at a job how long it will take and charge from there.
  5. lukemelo216

    lukemelo216 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Messages: 1,267

    once you know how fast/slow you work you can tell pretty quickly the amount of time something should take. Once you have that down, multiply that by your hourly rate. For your first few jobs bid a little higher. When I started if I thought the job would be 2 hours, id bid 2.5 so, $150 plus tax. And you need to do it on different size properties, small medium and large. Now I can walk up to a house walk the property observe it and figure it will take me 1.5 hours and bid $90 or something. It just takes time to learn your capabilities. When I get into real big jobs, generally over 4 man hours I tell them it will be hourly and usually bump up my hourly charge 10$ or so.
  6. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,038

    i say base it by the hour if your unsure of the job at hand with a minimum . then next year you know what you needed to make on it and can flat rate it and rase the price if needed.

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