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  • #16
    I just called a few companies posing as a potential customer.

    One company said they charge leaf removal by whatever the customer pays per one mowing.

    Another said they charge $60.00 give or take every house, and $75.00 every corner house.

    The highest rate is $100.00 from what I know in my area.


    So..... Now what.... This is confusing.

    I guess the rates for leaf removal are dirt cheap here!

    ANOTHER company said they charge $25.00 every 1000 sqft of lawn, if it's higher then 1500, they round it to $50.00

    No one seems to charge by the job size, meaning they charge before they see how many leaves are on the lawn.

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    • #17
      Did you ask how they will be collecting the leaves and what they will do with them? This may be why they are charging by the 1,000 sq/ft, in my own case it doesn't really matter much to me how many they have, I pass over the leaves once and they are collected and mulched, it it was manual collection then I think one would have to go by the hour.

      As with anything we do have to consider what the competition is doing.
      Andy
      Halifax, Nova Scotia

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      • #18
        Did you ask how they will be collecting the leaves and what they will do with them? This may be why they are charging by the 1,000 sq/ft, in my own case it doesn't really matter much to me how many they have, I pass over the leaves once and they are collected and mulched, it it was manual collection then I think one would have to go by the hour.

        As with anything we do have to consider what the competition is doing.
        most of them aren't bright enough to use a tarp. They take a can & put raked leaves in it, dragging it to the truck. To me that's a hassle.

        Should I even bother with leaf removal due to cheap competition?

        I'd ate least like to try & charge $100.00, the max. But I doubt it'll do me any good here.

        The rates here suck. Everyone charges so little it's hard to please everyone.

        Everyone is a lowballer around here. Everyone will fight to obtain a customer if it means $1.00 in profit. It's odd.

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        • #19
          I guess it depends how busy you are now, if you have the time, well something is better than nothing, we have been very fortunate and haven't got into price wars, I don't have many mowing accounts which is fine but the ones I do we make money at. I have had to twist this company in many different directions and obtain equipment the small guys can't afford and the bigger lawn care guys are only interested in commercial, I have stayed under the radar of the bigger excavation companies but they are not really that interested in what we are doing which is drainage systems and final landscaping.

          In tree cutting and chipping I went right down the middle, the smaller comanies have their share and the big guys charge a lot more than I do and have to in order to support the equipment they have.

          Pressure washing has been a small gold mine, there just are not many companies here offering the service and with vinyl siding and so many trees, dirt, grime, mold etc are an issue pretty much everywhere we go.

          The biggest profit maker for me has been spraying organic products and now that most clients have had three sprays the results are kicking in big time, I get emails every week from customers raving over how well their lawn is doing, that is excellent advertising and brings in quite a few new clients.


          So in your case, if you are comfortable with the money you are making or can make, go for it, as long as you are making a fair dollar at the end of the day.
          Andy
          Halifax, Nova Scotia

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          • #20
            Pressure washing has been a small gold mine, there just are not many companies here offering the service and with vinyl siding and so many trees, dirt, grime, mold etc are an issue pretty much everywhere we go.

            I wanted to get into pressure washing. How do you go about it?

            I'd like to do sidings, driveways, outdoor furniture, maybe even windows.

            what product do you use with your pressure washer, or do u just spray water?

            I couldn't imagine it being a tough job, sounds fun!

            What kind of problems can you run into? Creating small floods & soggy grass? LOL

            How do you charge? etc... I guess I'll offer this service starting Monday! I got two pressure washers waiting for work.

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            • #21
              i'll mow yards all day long into the night for 30.00 a pop. and I have some very high end clients also . Pro football players and bankers baby. the market is saturated with mowers coming out of the woodwork and it is that little extra effort and persona that seperates the creme. Right on Picfarmer! make a some bucks and be happy but never be satisfied with theaverage
              Keep up the good work ethic Scott. I'm impressed

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              • #22
                How I got into it was to advertise the service, response was amazing so I bought the equipment, then added a 2nd and 3rd unit when we were running 5 business days behind.

                We use Simple Green, I buy it from Home Depot or Canadian Tire, they have 5 products depending on what you are doing, works amazing.

                We charge by the job, there is no generic way to calculate but I average around $65 an hour. A 10 X 16 deck with say 10 stairs and a railing will generally run $225 and take the guys about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Siding is the choice and the fastest, a single story home say 34 X 26 will run $400.00, takes about 4 to 5 hours.

                Residential pressure washers, those that are rated 1,500 PSI are a waste of time, we pick up a lot of business from people that have spent a day trying to clean with one then calling us, we have two units that are 3,400 PSI and one that is 5,000, all are gas powered and require 4 gpm.

                Good luck, it's excellent money, we don't get many driveways, #1 is siding followed by decks, the 5,000psi unit will remove paint from siding using the proper attachment, we charge $125. an hour for that service, we get a few jobs.
                Andy
                Halifax, Nova Scotia

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                • #23
                  breeze

                  breeze,

                  you can charge anything you want if you do a good job. stop worrying about every one elses prices and charge what you think you are worth. do the best job you can and i promise you, the $ will come.


                  good luck!

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                  • #24

                    Residential pressure washers, those that are rated 1,500 PSI are a waste of time, we pick up a lot of business from people that have spent a day trying to clean with one then calling us, we have two units that are 3,400 PSI and one that is 5,000, all are gas powered and require 4 gpm.


                    I have a machine that's 2,500 PSI... I noticed that it does a good job on driveways, what do u figure on sidings, etc????

                    should I pick up a better one or will this do?

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                    • #25
                      I have a machine that's 2,500 PSI... I noticed that it does a good job on driveways, what do u figure on sidings, etc????

                      should I pick up a better one or will this do?
                      Must be a commercial unit, it will do the job, can you swap out the tips on yours? If so, google and buy what is called a turbo tip, OMG these things will remove anything, they are a quick connect much like an airline has, we use them for really tough jobs.

                      2,500 will be a little slower but will do an excellent job on siding and most decks, I don't think it will remove paint, we have to use 5,000 for that and the white tip.....the paint just flies
                      Andy
                      Halifax, Nova Scotia

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                      • #26
                        Must be a commercial unit, it will do the job, can you swap out the tips on yours? If so, google and buy what is called a turbo tip, OMG these things will remove anything, they are a quick connect much like an airline has, we use them for really tough jobs.

                        2,500 will be a little slower but will do an excellent job on siding and most decks, I don't think it will remove paint, we have to use 5,000 for that and the white tip.....the paint just flies
                        LOL, id love to test it out on a few of my shirts, nothing will get these coffee stains out!!!

                        I'll look into a few tips, I hope I'm able to attach crap to it. !!

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                        • #27
                          leaf removal

                          You are running a business, and the object is to make more money then you could working somewhere else. An hourly rate is the way to go. If the customer doesn't like your hourly rate then give them a price, but then care of yourself. I usually tell customers that they will get out better if they do the hourly rate because if I give them a price then I need to make sure that I make money.
                          You need to figure up how much it cost you hourly to work. Then tack on what you want to make. If your really slow then you should lower your cost some, but you cant go lower then what the job cost. That is why a flat rate is a hard fix for leafs.

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                          • #28
                            2009 has been a Great Year! Thanks you Lord Jesus!

                            WowWhat a great year so far! Business has increased almost 200% since last year. My internet advertising and websites are really working. NOt just 1 website but serveral and I do multiple ads on craigs list every other mday. I personally go out and make the bids, then send a crew to complete the job after I have a LAWN & TREE CARE contract signed. I also hired a journeyman painter & the painting division is also doing real well. I now have a bi-weekly contract to mow 5 acres for Walmarts in San Antonio, plus I have had three jobs for property clean up & haul away of the debris for U.S. Government Dept. of Home Security. I work hard everyday but God has blessed me, my family, and my crew members with steady work. Your friend Trey Bernhardt.

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                            • #29
                              Hi Trey,

                              That is fantastic news! Congratulations!

                              What advice do you have for other lawn care business owners out there struggling to find new customers?

                              Also how did you learn to do all this great marketing?
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                              • #30
                                im offering free service

                                i think im gonna offer 5 - 10 free senior accounts and take care of them for free all year long, as long as they are easy to do, next to yards i do now.
                                that should raise some eyebrows,huh?
                                free promo if anything.

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