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 required to us on the Gopher yard works lawn mowing service Care Business Forums. Here are a few ideas.
First off, if you’ve never done so, log onto the lawn care business forum and post your question along with your part. There is a good chance another lawn care business owner in the area can give you the going rate. You could also want to ask yourself, do you have any friends in the service? 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 don’t have a lawn then ask a friend to get yourself a few estimates to service their lawn. When get three estimates, you will have a good idea exactly how much to charge. You knows the price, plus you come across the square footage proportions your lawn and doable ! divide that out to figure how much to charge per square ft. This should 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 most likely are 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 Received there I was looking for a surprise. I didn’t 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 puzzled out to what I was looking for.”
If you are a brand-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 short it’s better to say “I’ll perform these group of services, to your satisfaction, for $50” than to say “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 time and as you get better 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 down into smaller sections if I want to. Then I figure my hourly rate or what I want to make from the property and put a price together from that. Sometimes commercial properties are going to be broken up into several mowing areas, I feel that it’s easier to just discover the time it needs for each and then figure out the total time plus drive season.”
Another more advanced technique to charge per square foot based on formulas. Using formulas requires a little more experience, because it is vital your formulas are accurate.