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What's your minimum?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Currier, Dec 14, 2000.

  1. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 564

    I think we've hit this before but couldn't find anything in the search. What is your minimum price for weekly mowing and trimming? I used to say $25.00 but I have moved it up to $35.00. Obviously there are lots of other factors that affect price: Location to other customers, obstacles, gates, etc.

    Basically I'm looking at 1/4 to 1/2 acre lawns. Pretty straight forward to mow trim and edge. All zero turn possible. Just curious as to how you all handle your "starting price" as you approach a bid.

  2. JVS

    JVS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    Good question. I think we should at least charge a stop fee for all the labor we put into a service visit. I believe $30 -$35 is a fair starting fee.

    BUSHMASTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 519

    Seniors get a minuminm of $35 al others is $45 to start.these are minum
  4. bdemir

    bdemir LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 610

    My lowest lawn price is $14.00
    This lawn requires weed wip maybe once every three weeks and no blowing. Its a piece of square lawn about 20ft by 15 ft. Just enough to make a nice turn with the dixie and three overlapping stripes and out of there in about 3.5 minutes from start time. It takes me more time to unload than to cut the place. If i had a hundered in a row i could cut them in an hour. These people are easy to deal with and i love the small quilky jobs that add up.
  5. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    yo bdemir--did you ever get the blower rotational problem fixed on your vac unit?

  6. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    Currently I carry a $20 minumum, which I believe is a tad too low. This next spring I will raise it to $25, possibly $30, I'll have to see.
  7. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    Opps......wrong posting sight!!!!
  8. SpringValley

    SpringValley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    I have a $35 minimum and $35/hour. I have one account that I charge $29/hour and if she adds anything extra we just stay longer. We average approximately 3 man hours/visit for that one account.

    Spring Valley
    (Located in West Central Indiana)
  9. Twotoros

    Twotoros LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 494

    I'm ashamed to say 20$. A lot of guys in town would cut off a finger to get my prices and I am low. However this area won't support much more. In my paper today an article on average wages stated that in the greater Seattle area their av. wage was 46k ayear where my area is 21k!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So I guess I should be lucky to get what I do and at least I av. 42.00 an hour working by myself.
  10. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    Twotoros, don't be ashamed. It's the same here. $18-20 for 80x125 yard. Before I started my lawn business, I was making about $6.00 per hour. This is like a major raise for me. Plus I am working for myself.

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