When you are first starting your lawn care business, how do you find how much you should charge to mow a lawn? This is an issue that was recently required to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Discussion board. Here are a few ideas.
First off, if have not done so, log on top of the lawn care business forum and post your question along with your range. There is a good chance another lawn care business owner in the area can give you the going rate. You likewise want to ask yourself, do you have any friends in the online business? If so, ask them what they charge per lawn.
Another response that was posted was to make contact with a few local yard works lawn mowing service care businesses in your area and get an estimate from them to service your lawn. If be fit a lawn then ask a friend to obtain a few estimates to service their lawn. When get three estimates, you will have a good idea just how much to charge. You will know the price, plus you come across the square footage sized your lawn and doable ! divide that out to find how much to charge per square ft. Ought to actually give you a ballpark idea. Keep in mind, the expenses you have to run your lawn care business can drastically differ from another lawn care business owner’s expenses, so know your expenses.
The next question you may be wondering is should you charge by the sq . ft . or man hour?
Kurt Chance said “The first thing you always want to do, when giving an estimate, is actually walk the property and be in a rush to get in and out. I did this once and when I got there I was in for a surprise. I didn’t know there were four ditches in the front lot that would need regarding 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 wished.”
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 other words it’s better to say “I’ll perform these set 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 exactly to the customer. Probable disappointment the customer watching the time and as you get good 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 into smaller sections if I would like to. Then I figure my hourly rate or what I must make from the property and put a price together from that. More often than not commercial properties are gonna be broken up into a few mowing areas, I find it easier to just uncover the time it may for each and then figure out the total time plus drive season.”
Another more advanced approach is to charge per sq . ft . based on formulas. Using formulas requires a little more experience, because it critical your formulas are suitable.