Who mows lawns for $10 or $12?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by walterslawn&landscap, Apr 16, 2003.

  1. walterslawn&landscap

    walterslawn&landscap LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    there is one in my neck of the woods and he is killing the biz.
  2. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    I have a $25. min. I would suggest that someone speak to the guy charging a lot less and explain to him that it makes more sense for everyone in business to have their prices in line with each other. In my area I found that there is more than enough work to go around.
  3. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    How old is this person? Have they finished junior high?:dizzy:

  4. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    Well, typically, we have a $115 / mo. minimum - year round. But we do about 3 homes at $45 or $55 per month, year-round, which almost equates to $10 per visit. But these are places that only have front lawns, the lawn is about 5' x 10' and we are already dropping the tailgate across the street anyway. Takes us 3 minutes each week.

    Anyway, you'll find all sorts of low-ballers in this economy. I was just talking to a guy whose been in the hi-tech industry for all of his life making great money. But he's been laid off. His comment to me was, "I can see a point where I may have to grab my mower and start knocking on doors to mow lawns. I am not too proud to do that." I think too many people are doing that right now. Economy is bad, people find ways to make extra $.
  5. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    I have 2, $15.00 lawns
  6. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    My minimum is $20 no edging. Minimum of $25 with edging every other week.
  7. musselman

    musselman LawnSite Senior Member
    from utah
    Messages: 301

    I have one $12 and several $15...I figure Im making $45-$50 an hour on them thats with unloading...call me a scrub or a lowballer if you like I can handle it lol.
  8. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

  9. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    To me there is no reason to make $12-15 per lawn if the market would bear $25. per lawn. If all the companies (legit) had the prices in line that would be no problem. How many $12. lawns do you have to cut to pay taxes and insurance and make a living, while still taking some money to reinvest back to the company.
  10. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    unless they are right by each other, it's not worth my time for $12. i have a $25 minimum for residentials.

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