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EgLawns
05-22-2010, 03:33 PM
Hello guys. Have not been on here in like forever. Just got a customer that wants me to power wash his front door (and around it), steps leading to his mailbox, and the mailbox its self. He also wants me to power wash his 12x10 patio in the back. I was wondering how much to charge him.


I also have another customer who would like me trim his hedges (nothing special just a nice little box shape) he has about 7 hedges. I was wondering how much to charge him for the whole job, and how much to charge him for just one.

Thanks a bunch guys! :D

Steve
05-22-2010, 10:20 PM
What are your thoughts on how long these jobs are going to take you?

EgLawns
05-23-2010, 06:57 AM
Power Washing the patio would take me around 30 minutes.

Power Washing the the front door sidewalkA, and mailbox would take me around a hour.

The hedging would take me around 45 minutes.

jklawncare
05-23-2010, 01:28 PM
35 per hour on all services + rental fee (if needed) + disposal fee (if needed)

jklawncare
05-23-2010, 01:32 PM
roughly 80 dollar profit if your looking for more boost up the service price to 40 - 50

i charge 35 on easy projects and 45 on more complicated ones

i base it depending on how much i want to make

EgLawns
05-23-2010, 06:42 PM
how can i make 80 dollar profit, if most of the jobs are under a hour?

jklawncare
05-23-2010, 07:07 PM
power wash patio est 30 min
power wash door mailbox etc est 1 hour
trim hedge est 45 min

40/2 = 20
40/1 = 40
3/4*40 = 30

TOTAL=90

35/2 = 17.5
35/1 = 35
3/4*35 = 26.25

TOTAL= 78.75 (roughly 80)

45/2 = 22.5
45/1 = 45
3/4*45 = 33.75

TOTAL= 101.25

EgLawns
05-23-2010, 07:45 PM
I'm sorry, i did not know that you were accounting for both the jobs. Thanks for the help guys.

jklawncare
05-23-2010, 08:50 PM
no problem if you have any more questions you can go ahead and pm me if youd like..unless you want a group opinion

khj
05-23-2010, 09:50 PM
I think this job will take you longer then you think IF YOU ADD IN TRAVEL TIME AND SET UP TIME,, THEN YOU HAVE CLEAN UP TIME IN THERE TOO!! WHAT ABOUT GAS FOR THE POWER WASHER GAS FOR YOUR TRUCK TO GET THERE AND BACK!!! To me I think you are under estimate this job by $100.00 or so.

jklawncare
05-23-2010, 10:13 PM
I think this job will take you longer then you think IF YOU ADD IN TRAVEL TIME AND SET UP TIME,, THEN YOU HAVE CLEAN UP TIME IN THERE TOO!! WHAT ABOUT GAS FOR THE POWER WASHER GAS FOR YOUR TRUCK TO GET THERE AND BACK!!! To me I think you are under estimate this job by $100.00 or so.

I left that out..thats what i typically add into my service rate..but i was basing the math off of what his estimated time was..

the only thing i dont charge for that you mentioned is to drive to there home.

a percentage of the profit goes into a company account which covers gas for truck and equipment.

if you bill people for gas and time to show up i think its unprofessional..

the way i do it..its free to them..so they think..the set up adn clean up are included in the hourly rate without them knowing...unless they ask how it works of course..

EgLawns
05-24-2010, 06:38 AM
My power washer is 1600 psi electric. Also just to remind you guys i am 15 and most of my work is in my neighborhood. I do not have travel time or gas money so I'm good.

Steve
05-24-2010, 03:35 PM
the only thing i dont charge for that you mentioned is to drive to there home.

a percentage of the profit goes into a company account which covers gas for truck and equipment.

if you bill people for gas and time to show up i think its unprofessional..

the way i do it..its free to them..so they think..the set up adn clean up are included in the hourly rate without them knowing...unless they ask how it works of course..

Can you tell us a little more about this? It sounds like the customer does pay for your expense of showing up. But if they don't, how does it get paid for?

jklawncare
05-24-2010, 09:16 PM
unloading cleanup and loading time are timed along with the service provided
i dont charge for coming out to provide the service
i divide my payments in 2 parts 60% me 40% company
the 40% is applied to new equipment,gas,and other expenses

clear things up?

Steve
05-25-2010, 04:53 PM
The thing is, there are many expenses you will have that are kind of stealth expenses, where you may not think the customer will have to cover them. Such things as you mention, clean up and the like.

But if these expenses are not covered, they become silent killers of a business. Then at the end of the month, there is the potential to be looking at the books and saying 'jeeze I made $X amount of dollars this month but where did it all go?'