When you are starting your lawn care business, how do you find how much you should charge to mow a lawn? This is a question that was recently asked to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forums. Here are a few ideas.
First off, if have not done so, log to the lawn care business forum and post your question along with your region. There is a good chance another lawn care business owner in the area can give you the going rate. You additionally want to ask yourself, do you have any friends in the service? If so, ask them what they charge per lawn.
Another response that was posted was to talk to a few local lawn care businesses in your area and get an estimate from them to yard works landscaping service your lawn. If you have to a lawn then ask a friend to get a few estimates to service their lawn. When get three estimates, you can have a good idea exactly how much to charge. You will know the price, plus you can find the square footage size of your lawn and you can divide that out determine how much to charge per square ft. This could give you a ballpark idea. Keep in mind, the expenses you require run your lawn care business can drastically are different from another lawn care business owner’s expenses, so know your expenses.
The next question you could be wondering is should you charge by the square foot or man hour?
Kurt Chance said “The first thing you always want to do, when giving an estimate, is in fact walk the property along with be in a rush to get in and out. I did this once and when Received there I was set for a surprise. I did not know there were four ditches in the front lot that would need with regard to manually trimmed and gone around while mowing. Luckily for me it still took the estimated time that I figured and my price still puzzled out to what I wanted.”
If you are a brand-new lawn care business owner, you may want to charge based on man hour. Author Joel LaRusic of mowboy.com suggests “you want to quote quality, not time. In simple terms it’s better to say “I’ll perform these associated with services, to your satisfaction, for $50” than to say “I’ll spend an hour at your house for $50.” Of course, you should use your hourly rate to base your price on but you don’t have a need to pass those pricing information on to the customer. Discontent and the customer watching time and as you grasp your job and shave a few minutes from it, that should be to your advantage.”
Kurt explained further “What I do when estimating large properties is I figure out how long it’s going to take me. Break it into smaller sections if I want to. Then I figure my hourly rate or what I have to make from the property and put a price together from that. With many commercial properties are huge broken up into several mowing areas, I get it easier to just uncover the time it will take for each and then figure out the total time plus drive your time.”
Another more advanced technique to charge per sq . ft . based on formulas. Using formulas requires a not much more experience, because it critical your formulas are suitable.