When you are starting your lawn care business, how do you find how much you should charge to mow a lawn? This is a query that was recently asked to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Community forum. Here are a few ideas.
First off, if have not done so, log onto the lawn care business forum and post your question along with your areas. There is a good chance another lawn care business owner in the market can give you the going rate. You additionally want to ask yourself, do you have any friends in the online business? If so, ask them what they charge per lawn.
Another response that was posted was to make contact with a few local lawn care businesses in your area and get an estimate from them to service your lawn. If there isn’t a yard works lawn mowing service then ask a friend to get yourself a few estimates to service their lawn. When get three estimates, you can have a good idea simply how much to charge. You will know the price, plus you come across the square footage proportions your lawn and doable ! divide that out determine how much to charge per square ft. Amount give you a ballpark idea. Keep in mind, the expenses you end up being run your lawn care business can drastically vary 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, is actually walk the property along with be in a rush to get in and out. I did this once and when Acquired 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 solved to what I wanted.”
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 other words it’s better to say “I’ll perform these set of services, to your satisfaction, for $50” than health “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 wouldn’t like the customer watching the clock and as you get good 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 Prepared to. Then I figure my hourly rate or what I must make from the property and put a price together from that. From time to time commercial properties are probably broken up into a few mowing areas, I locate one 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 method to charge per square foot based on formulas. Using formulas requires a a lot more experience, because it is important your formulas are effective.