When you are beginning your lawn care business, how do you find how much you should charge to mow a lawn? This is an issue that was recently motivated to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Community forum. Here are a few ideas.
First off, if you have not done so, log towards the lawn care business forum and post your question along with your range. There is a good chance another lawn care business owner around can give you the going rate. You may also want to ask yourself, do you have any friends in the concern? If so, ask them what they charge per lawn.
Another response that was posted was to make contact with a few local lawn care businesses in your area and get an estimate from them to yard works landscaping service your lawn. If you don’t have a lawn then ask a friend to get a few estimates to service their lawn. When to be able to three estimates, you will have a good idea simply how much to charge. You knows the price, plus you can find the square footage size of your lawn and may do divide that out to figure how much to charge per square ft. Amount give you a ballpark idea. Keep in mind, the expenses you require run your lawn care business can drastically alter from another lawn care business owner’s expenses, so know your expenses.
The next question you most likely are 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 walk the property and don’t be in a rush to get in and out. I did this once and when Received there I was looking 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 worked out to what I demanded.”
If you are fresh 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 short it’s better to say “I’ll perform these group of services, to your satisfaction, for $50” than the guy “I’ll spend an hour at your house for $50.” Of course, you can 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. You wouldn’t like the customer watching time and as you get good at your job and shave a few minutes associated with 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 down into smaller sections if Prepared to. Then I figure my hourly rate or what I must make from the property and put a price together from that. With many commercial properties are probably broken up into a few mowing areas, I get it easier to just discover the time it needs for each and then figure out the total time plus drive time.”
Another more advanced method to charge per square foot based on formulas. Using formulas requires a little more experience, because it important your formulas are effective.