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 asked to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Place. Here are a few ideas.
First off, if you have not done so, log on the lawn care business forum and post your question along with your region. 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 talk to a few local lawn care businesses in your area and get an estimate from them to yard works landscaping service your lawn. If instead of 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 simply how much to charge. You knows the price, plus you come across the square footage size of 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 require run your lawn care business can drastically are different 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 I got there I was set for a surprise. I did not know there were four ditches in the front lot that would need being 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 wanted.”
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 simple terms it’s better to say “I’ll perform these associated with services, to your satisfaction, for $50” than to say “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 wish to pass those pricing information on to the customer. You don’t want the customer watching the time and as you get better at 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. More often than not commercial properties are gonna be broken up into a few mowing areas, I locate it easier to just figure out the time it may for each and then figure out the total time plus drive season.”
Another more advanced method to charge per sq . ft . based on formulas. Using formulas requires a a lot more experience, because it is important your formulas are genuine.