When you are starting your lawn care business, how do you find how much you should charge to mow a yard works lawn mowing service? This is a query that was recently inspired to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Here are a few ideas.
First off, if you have not done so, log to the lawn care business forum and post your question along with your community. There is a good chance another lawn care business owner in the market can give you the going rate. You additionally want to ask yourself, do you have any friends in the business? 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 service your lawn. If there isn’t a lawn then ask a friend to get a few estimates to service their lawn. When to be able to three estimates, you may have a good idea the amount to charge. You knows the price, plus you will get the square footage size of your lawn and may do divide that out determine how much to charge per square ft. This could give you a ballpark idea. Keep in mind, the expenses you must run your lawn care business can drastically differ 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 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 didn’t know there were four ditches in the front lot that would need to be manually trimmed and gone around while mowing. Luckily for me it still took the estimated time that I figured and my price still solved to what I was looking for.”
If you are a 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 short it’s better to say “I’ll perform these group of services, to your satisfaction, for $50” than capable “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 must have to pass those pricing particulars on to the customer. Probable disappointment the customer watching time and as you get better at your job and shave a few minutes off of 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 I have to. Then I figure my hourly rate or what I’d like to make from the property and put a price together from that. More often than not commercial properties are gonna be broken up into several mowing areas, I find it easier to just figure out the time it will take for each and then figure out the total time plus drive your time.”
Another more advanced approach is to charge per sq . ft . based on formulas. Using formulas requires a much more experience, because it important your formulas are suitable.