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 motivated to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Community forum. Here are a few ideas.
First off, if you’ve never done so, log to the lawn care business forum and post your question along with your region. There is a good chance another lawn care business owner in your community 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 talk to a few local lawn care businesses in your area and get an estimate from them to service your lawn. If instead of a lawn then ask a friend to acquire a few estimates to yard works landscaping service their lawn. When you three estimates, you may have a good idea exactly how much to charge. You will know the price, plus you can find the square footage sized your lawn and you can divide that out to find how much to charge per square ft. This should give you a ballpark idea. Keep in mind, the expenses you end up being run your lawn care business can drastically differ from another lawn care business owner’s expenses, so know your expenses.
The next question you could 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, can be walk the property and do not be in a rush to get in and out. I did this once and when Received there I was in for a surprise. I did not 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 solved to what I demanded.”
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 other words 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 wish to pass those pricing exactly 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 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. More often than not commercial properties are gonna be broken up into several mowing areas, I get it easier to just calculate the time it needs for each and then figure out the total time plus drive day time.”
Another more advanced method is to charge per square foot based on formulas. Using formulas requires a not much more experience, because it is crucial your formulas are genuine.