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  • #16
    Is this an example of some services will be profitable in certain areas while others aren't?

    If this service isn't going to be profitable, have you talked with customers in your area to see what other services they may need that have a higher barrier of entry than aeration services?

    Maybe there are others that might take a little more investment but will bring back better financial returns for you?
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    • #17
      Our rate here is $15 per 1,000 sq feet, with a $75 minimum charge.

      Now another thing you need to ask, are they just making one pass with the aerator?
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      • #18
        Thanks everyone for your input.

        I wanted to say thanks to everyone for replying with great ideas that helped me figure out my pricing. Iím hoping I'll start aerating this coming week.
        Iíve come up with,
        Aeration - $75 Min for 0 to 5000 sq.ft. $15 for every 1000 sq. ft. after that.
        Power raking - $100 Min for 0 to 5000 sq.ft. $20 for every 1000 sq. ft. after that.
        Fertilizer - $30 Min for 0 to 5000 sq.ft. $6 for every 1000 sq. ft. after that.
        Iíve been thinking about allot of the customers I did work for last spring, and all of them jumped on my pricing I was giving. Thatís because I was not able to figure out my pricing before I started aerating. I asked someone who now that I look back on it, was driving a beat up s10 pickup,pulling a small little trailer with an old aerator. Thatís where I went wrong. I bought it after the aerating season had already started so I just jumped in with both feet. Thanks to this site Iíve been able to figure out what I really need to be charging to make what I feel is right. I remember walking away from some houses that I would look at the money in my hand and look at the yard, and think, thatís not right! I feel ALOT better with this pricing. And with everyone input, I feel good charging this. I'm not some Joe Schmo that went to Home Depot and rented one to make an extra few $'s for the week. And for those of you who do do that, more power to ya. I just have allot $$$ put into my company that I can't charge those low prices. I'll write again in April to let everyone know how everything is going with my pricing. To everyone thanks again and you guys have a great season.
        Last edited by Shaunsaltlakecityutah; 03-10-2012, 10:03 AM.

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        • #19
          Shaunsaltlakecityutah you would love this billboard in my city

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          • #20
            If y'all want to laugh. Go to craigslist.com Florida Daytona beach farm and gardens services. And see what this people are charging. There are 3 right now at 10.00 a cut.
            I have one repeat one job that I charge 10 bucks, it my neighbor (two houses down) and all I do is run the weedeater around her house (she dosent have one and is afraid to use it)

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            • #21
              You could try a different tactic and use the Natures Lawn products for this and your cost will be much less. There are also several selling points for using those products such as no broken sprinklers, phone lines etc. If this stuff works in the south that is all clay it will work anywhere.
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              • #22
                Do you guys clear up the cores after aerating? I assume not. I always do it here though I know a lot of companies don't.

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                • #23
                  I have a question.

                  Whats LOW BALLING.

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                  • #24
                    Low Baller or Low Balling
                    A person or "business" that prices services with out thinking about costs (insurance, up keep, fuel, time to do paperwork....) You should know what your costs are and how many days/hours you can work per year. You should work hard and make a good living

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