When you are first starting your lawn care business, how do you find how much you should charge to mow a yard works lawn care service? This is a question that was recently motivated to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Place. Here are a few ideas.
First off, if have not done so, log towards the lawn care business forum and post your question along with your areas. 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 concern? 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 be fit a lawn then ask a friend to get yourself 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 will get the square footage proportions your lawn and place divide that out to figure how much to charge per square ft. This could give you a ballpark idea. Keep in mind, the expenses you ought to run your lawn care business can drastically change 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 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 don’t be in a rush to get in and out. I did this once and when Acquired there I was looking for a surprise. I didn’t know there were four ditches in the front lot that would need with regard to 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 short it’s better to say “I’ll perform these group of services, to your satisfaction, for $50” than health “I’ll spend an hour at your house for $50.” Of course, you should use your hourly rate to base your price on but you don’t have a need to pass those pricing precisely to the customer. You wouldn’t like the customer watching the hands of time and as you get good 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 on to smaller sections if I have to. Then I figure my hourly rate or what I’d like to make from the property and put a price together from that. With many commercial properties are gonna be broken up into a few mowing areas, I locate one easier to just locate the time it might take for each and then figure out the total time plus drive season.”
Another more advanced technique to charge per sq . ft . based on formulas. Using formulas requires a a lot more experience, because it critical your formulas are best.