19 Oct

How your Lawn Care Business Should Estimate Mowing Jobs

When you are starting your lawn care business, how do you find how much you should charge to mow a lawn? This is an issue that was recently required to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Community forum. Here are a few ideas.

First off, if you have never done so, log towards the lawn care business forum and post your question along with your part. There is a good chance another lawn care business owner in your area can give you the going rate. You additionally 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 speak to a few local lawn care businesses in your area and get an estimate from them to service your yard works lawn mowing service. If you have to a lawn then ask a friend to obtain a few estimates to service their lawn. When you have three estimates, you could have a good idea the amount to charge. You knows the price, plus you come across the square footage sized your lawn and can certainly divide that out to figure how much to charge per square ft. Ought to actually give you a ballpark idea. Keep in mind, the expenses you have to run your lawn care business can drastically are different 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 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 being 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 was looking for.”

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 short it’s better to say “I’ll perform these pair 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 must have to pass those pricing information on to the customer. You don’t want the customer watching the clock and as you get better 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 down into smaller sections if I have to. Then I figure my hourly rate or what I have to make from the property and put a price together from that. Sometimes commercial properties are probably broken up into a few mowing areas, I locate it easier to just discover the time it may for each and then figure out the total time plus drive season.”

Another more advanced approach is to charge per square foot based on formulas. Using formulas requires a a bit more experience, because it is vital your formulas are genuine.