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well I only reason why I made this post was someone had said to charge 200.00 per yard for dethatching and only 40.00 to 60.00 per yard depending on the SIZE ... So I mean I don't think I could get that much here in the lots being 40x120 or Less.
Quote[/b] (UniversityLandscapers @ April 03 2008,11:14)]10-12 per thousand?!?!?!? That's dirt cheap! Around here (Vancouver, BC), you'd be talking about $20-25 per thousand.
Then I am gonna fly me and my aerator to Canada for the spring/fall seasons.
My hair is turning white, my necks alwayas been red, my collar is still blue
Here in KY I'm getting about $33 per thousand sq ft, so we charge $150 for the first 5000 sq ft. and $20 per thousand sq ft there after. Our avg lot size is about 5000 sq ft here. We charge the same for both type of service. over-seeding is included in the aeration = 5-6 lbs of a 4 blend seed per thousand sq ft. If the customer doesn't want the seed then its $130.
If you rent a good core aerator it will cost about $60 per day and 50 lb bag of seed will run about $65, you should be able to get 2-3 customers from one bag of seed, and 5000 sq ft should only take about 30 min start to finish. So now for one customer it will cost you $125 + fuel and time getting equipment form rental Co and the time to do it, is $150 per to much, no its not, it should be just right if you have 3 or more customers, on Wed 4/8/08 we did 8 customers and here is the breakdown of the day.
Fuel (truck and equip.) $25
Seed $65 per bag x 4 = $260 (premium seed)
Rental Equipment $65
Labor 6 hours at $15 = $90
Overhead 8% of total cost = $35
Total cost to complete 8 lawns approx 5000 sq ft each = $475.00
Billed out $150 x 8 =$1,200 less cost = $725 profit.
Tru-Green and Scotts charges about $165 for the first 3000 thousand sq ft and $15 per thousand there after.
I know this to be fact in my area, (I called them and asked) we have taken on 40+ customers that use to be Tru-Green and Scotts customers. Because we offer Organic Fertilizer Programs as well.
I hope this gives you some insight on how these types of services should be charged.
for suberban homes i charge 35$ per lawn,
i get most of the customers because other companies charge 45+ per lawn. The cheaper price also encourages people that have never done aerating to try it out because of the cheap price. I rent the machine out for 100$ a day and can do up to 15 lawns aday. very easy to do.
If you are interested, I have a podcast online with lawn care business author Joel LaRusic. In the discussion he talks about how he would line up a whole bunch of aeration jobs over a day or two and rent the machine to do the jobs.
He said it was a lot better than buying one.
From what I have heard from others, it just isn't worth buying.