When you are beginning your lawn care business, how do you find how much you should charge to mow a lawn? This is a matter that was recently required to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Community forum. Here are a few ideas.
First off, if have not done so, log towards the lawn care business forum and post your question along with your areas. There is a good chance another lawn care business owner in your area can give you the going rate. You additionally want to ask yourself, do you have any friends in the career? If so, ask them what they charge per lawn.
Another response that was posted was to contact a few local lawn care businesses in your area and get an estimate from them to service your lawn. If you don’t have a yard works lawn mowing service then ask a friend to get a few estimates to service their lawn. When get three estimates, you will have a good idea the amount to charge. You knows the price, plus you discover the square footage dimensions your lawn and may do divide that out to figure how much to charge per square ft. Ought to actually give you a ballpark idea. Keep in mind, the expenses you require run your lawn care business can drastically change 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, has been 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 didn’t 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 resolved to what I was looking for.”
If you are an additional 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 pair 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 information on to the customer. Probable disappointment 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. A lot of times commercial properties are probably broken up into several mowing areas, I get it easier to just figure out the time it might take for each and then figure out the total time plus drive time.”
Another more advanced method to charge per sq . ft . based on formulas. Using formulas requires a much more experience, because it important your formulas are effective.