When you are beginning your lawn care business, how do you find how much you should charge to mow a yard works lawn care service? This is a subject that was recently inspired to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Community 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 your area can give you the going rate. You may also 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 be fit a lawn then ask a friend to acquire a few estimates to service their lawn. When to be able to three estimates, you may have a good idea just how much to charge. You knows the price, plus you can find the square footage size of your lawn and doable ! divide that out to find 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 change from another lawn care business owner’s expenses, so know your expenses.
The next question you might 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 actually 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 set for a surprise. I couldn’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 discovered to what I was looking for.”
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 plain english it’s better to say “I’ll perform these associated with 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 exactly to the customer. You wouldn’t like the customer watching the clock and as you grasp 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 would like to. Then I figure my hourly rate or what I want to make from the property and put a price together from that. From time to time commercial properties are usually broken up into several mowing areas, I feel that it’s easier to just uncover the time it needs 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 little more experience, because it is important your formulas are accurate.