When you are beginning your lawn care business, how do you find how much you should charge to mow a lawn? This is a query that was recently inspired to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Discussion board. Here are a few ideas.
First off, if you have not done so, log on top of the lawn care business forum and post your question along with your areas. There is a good chance another lawn care business owner around 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 yard works landscaping service your lawn. If you don’t have a lawn then ask a friend to get a few estimates to service their lawn. When own three estimates, you will have a good idea the amount to charge. You will know the price, plus you discover the square footage dimensions 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 actually 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 in 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 discovered to what I wished.”
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 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. You don’t want the customer watching the time 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 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. Sometimes commercial properties are probably broken up into a few mowing areas, I get it easier to just calculate the time it may for each and then figure out the total time plus drive your time.”
Another more advanced technique to charge per square foot based on formulas. Using formulas requires a not much more experience, because it is important your formulas are accurate.