When you are beginning your lawn care business, how do you find how much you should charge to mow a lawn? This is an issue that was recently inspired to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Discussion board. Here are a few ideas.
First off, if you’ve never done so, log on top of the lawn care business forum and post your question along with your part. There is a good chance another lawn care business owner around can give you the going rate. You could 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 you have to a lawn then ask a friend to get a few estimates to yard works landscaping service their lawn. When you have three estimates, you may have a good idea simply how much to charge. You knows the price, plus you come across the square footage measurements of your lawn and may do divide that out to find how much to charge per square ft. Amount 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 most likely are 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, has been walk the property and do not be in a rush to get in and out. I did this once and when I got there I was looking for a surprise. I did not 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 resolved to what I was looking for.”
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 plain english it’s better to say “I’ll perform these set 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 have a need to pass those pricing particulars on to the customer. You should the customer watching contributions 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’ve got to. Then I figure my hourly rate or what I want to make from the property and put a price together from that. A lot of times commercial properties are usually broken up into several mowing areas, I feel that it’s easier to just locate the time it will take for each and then figure out the total time plus drive a chance.”
Another more advanced approach is to charge per sq . ft . based on formulas. Using formulas requires a much more experience, because it critical your formulas are accurate.