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    Ok so I got a possible customer who wants thier lawn cut. So I got their address and of course looked it up on Google Maps. OMG! The lot is HUGE, its about 3 lots in one. It would look amazing in my portfolio, but what would be an ideal rate? They want a seasonal rate till October 2011. And I'm using a Gas powered push mower.. Ya I know a ride mower would be ideal.. but this is the 1st BIG lot I have seen yet. Any input or ideas on how to handle this. My typical rate is anywhere from $25 to $50 depending on lot and required detailed trimming.

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    how about the calculators the one too estimate the lawn care bid came pretty close for me try it....
    http://villalandscapes.beep.com/

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    • #3
      I use the calculator and just adjust the profit for the company and owner and it does a pretty good job. What is the size of the lot? Are you now concidering a rider mower or at least a bigger walk behind with a Velky?
      Let us know what happens. Good luck!
      Liberty Landscaping LLC
      www.libertylndscpng.com
      Woodbridge, NJ

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      • #4
        Push mower

        The lot is about 1/2 an acre. All I have is a gas push mower and just me. I am the company & the owner.. I looked at it and guessed it would take about 3 hours to cut.

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        • #5
          it should only take you about 45 mins to cut that lot i have a push mower to ...i charge about 60 bucks for that size lot
          http://villalandscapes.beep.com/

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          • #6
            I will look at the property in person tomorrow. I will see how large it is - It will be better than looking on a map.

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            • #7
              I'm learning that without the equipment to do the job efficiently (read, quickly), sometimes it's best to pass on jobs that take too long to make a profit on.

              Starting out, it's tough to determine what size lawn you can work efficiently using a push mower.

              I have one job that takes me 45 mins to mow/trim/blow and I get $40, then I have one that takes a solid hour if not 75 minutes (hillside and many beds/obstacles), and I'm only getting $30. If I can pick up a few others in the area that are easier and pay about the same, I'll drop the $30 job unless I talk it over with them and they are willing to pay a bit more to keep me on.

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              • #8
                I'm learning that without the equipment to do the job efficiently (read, quickly), sometimes it's best to pass on jobs that take too long to make a profit on.

                Starting out, it's tough to determine what size lawn you can work efficiently using a push mower.
                I think you really hit on something important here. From your experience now, what is your take on the size property you feel you can efficiently mow with a push mower vs what size property do you feel you should pass on?

                I have one job that takes me 45 mins to mow/trim/blow and I get $40, then I have one that takes a solid hour if not 75 minutes (hillside and many beds/obstacles), and I'm only getting $30.
                What is your view on why there is such a difference?
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                • #9
                  Good Question Steve!

                  Well in all with my 1 week of existence of wanting to cut others grass... I have come to a decision I need a ride mower & trailer. So with that said, I have spotted a new ride mower that is afford-ably priced and trailer I will get my hands on this week-end. The property is slightly under an acre and agreed price was 100$ per cut & trim weekly and agreed till September or when the 1st snow falls. The homes in that area are like mansions. I will take photo's and share (I will get their permission 1st of course) the area. Now... the kicker to my day!! Was.. I got another call from a person and wants me to cut from now till the end of August. Then he say's I have another client for you... Very interesting day!! I have some ideas on marketing that I will experiment with next week. I did very minimal marketing this week... I mean 2 posts online in 5 days.. simple ad and got 5 calls in all. 1 has bailed - now worries.. I will keep the faith of the other 2 that I know I will close this Friday or Saturday. Then I will take the area by storm!!

                  To better answer your question Steve - I will not turn anyone away.. If I don't have the proper equipment, I will go out and get it. If I need extra people, I will call upon my family.
                  Last edited by seanbsean; 05-19-2011, 08:11 PM.

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                  • #10
                    1 more to go.. 4 outta 5 ain't bad!

                    Just closed another one... 1 more left.. keeping all fingers crossed.. yahooo

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                    • #11
                      I think you really hit on something important here. From your experience now, what is your take on the size property you feel you can efficiently mow with a push mower vs what size property do you feel you should pass on?



                      What is your view on why there is such a difference?

                      Cripes. I dunno... I still have no idea what a 1/4 acre lot is vs a 1/2 acre.
                      I just look at it and compare it to what I know already. It seems like when you get past $35 people start to hesitate - at least in some of the neighborhoods.
                      Doesn't matter how long it takes ME to do the job, they want it done CHEAP.

                      I'll mow 3 $20 lawns that take 20 minutes, before I'll take another $45 lawn that takes an hour and a half.



                      As for teh "difference". Some of it is my inexperience, and some is the fact that one person is willing to pay, while the other one (the "long, $30 one) is CHEAP. I quoted them $35-$45 initially and the reply was "We were paying $25 last year."
                      She said she'd go $30, and like a dumbass, I accepted because it was early in the season and "I needed the clients". The lawn is a pain in the a$$. I realize now that I don't need jobs like this one - there are plenty of others around that are less work, that pay the same, or more.

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                      • #12
                        I accepted because it was early in the season and "I needed the clients". The lawn is a pain in the a$$.
                        I know what you mean! I mow a yard for a family member where it takes me 3 to 4 hours to mow (with a ZTR), trim, and blow. It only pays $75. I need to raise the price, but I'm to much of chicken to I ask them. I know they can afford to pay more.

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                        • #13
                          She said she'd go $30, and like a dumbass, I accepted because it was early in the season and "I needed the clients". The lawn is a pain in the a$$. I realize now that I don't need jobs like this one - there are plenty of others around that are less work, that pay the same, or more.
                          I can totally understand. There is nothing wrong with taking work early on like that because all of these jobs are stepping stones where something is learned from each.

                          I think this points out the importance of not taking on big jobs early on or locking yourself into contracts early on because a job that may seem like a good paying job when you first get started can soon turn into your worst profitable job as you learn more and add more customers.

                          This is a very important point for everyone to keep in mind.
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