When you are first starting your lawn care business, how do you find how much you should charge to mow a lawn? This is a question that was recently motivated to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Here are a few ideas.
First off, if you have not done so, log onto 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 furthermore 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 speak to 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 lawn then ask a friend to get a few estimates to yard works landscaping service their lawn. When get three estimates, you may have a good idea just how much to charge. You knows the price, plus you come across the square footage sized your lawn and may do divide that out determine how much to charge per square ft. Ought to actually give you a ballpark idea. Keep in mind, the expenses you ought to run your lawn care business can drastically alter from another lawn care business owner’s expenses, so know your expenses.
The next question you may well 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 in fact walk the property and do not be in a rush to get in and out. I did this once and when Acquired there I was looking for a surprise. I couldn’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 discovered to what I demanded.”
If you are a 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 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 wish to pass those pricing exactly 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 into smaller sections if Prepared to. Then I figure my hourly rate or what Let me make from the property and put a price together from that. From time to time commercial properties are gonna be broken up into several mowing areas, I feel that it’s easier to just figure out the time it calls for for each and then figure out the total time plus drive a chance.”
Another more advanced strategy is to charge per sq . ft . based on formulas. Using formulas requires a not much more experience, because it important your formulas are effective.