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Do you charge a different price for weekly,10 day or 14 day service?


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
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I am trying to get everything lined out before I open up for business and was curious if people charge the customer the same if they want their yard mowed weekly, every 10 days or bi-weekly. Or do you charge differently for the frequency. I tend to lean towards the one price but i was curious and wanted to know what more experienced people do.

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I think it just depends on what your comfortable with..neighbors talk and if one says oh i pay 32.50 and the other says wait..my yards smaller and im paying 35
there not likely to go through and figure out there on different schedules.

I plan on raising my price slightly for bi-weekly customers but only to new ones..theres no way id do it to ones i already have.

it really all depends on if you think youll get the customer that way or if you have to..

are you getting all of your costs covered? is there wiggle room in your income? are you crunching to get yourself,your employees,and your costs covered..
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I've been in the lawn mowing business for a little while now and had to deal with some stuff throughout the years. customers who just want it done every 10-14 daysjust want the same service for 1/2 the price but not only is this bad for your bottom line (profit) it also makes your customers lawn look like **** and make a huge (-) impression on you business. Best way to ensure you dont have to deal with this is collect you $$$ at the start of the month if they dont pay you for all 4 weeks/at all DONT MOW! and return the partial payment with a sorry we must mow weekly company policy.
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Why every 10 days? Isn't that going to make for a scheduling nightmare?

Can you mow them weekly?

Some members on here will charge $X per weekly cut and 1.5 x (X) for a bi-weekly cut.

So if they charge $30 weekly, they will charge $45 bi-weekly.

The higher the lawn, the more time it takes to cut. The more wear and tear it puts on your equipment.

And like the others said, the lawn looks like crap if it goes to far between mows.

I do wonder if the customers that want it mowed as minimal as possible are just not the customers you want to focus on.

What's your view on that?
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As Steve mentioned a 10 day service is a scheduling nightmare. I did a condo association a few years ago on a 10 day schedule and it was ok but it was a big contract. I could not imagine having multiple residentials on this type of schedule.
Depending on the type of grass in your area a bi-weekly service may not be frequent enough. In Georgia we have mostly centipede, St. Aug, and Bermuda. Centipede is fine to mow bi-weekly but Bermuda needs to be cut at least once a week in peak season. Also realize that if the yard has lots of trees that bi-weekly will have double the debis on the ground.
My mentality is not to charge more for bi-weekly, but charge a little less for weekly. Weekly customers are your best customers, they will have better looking lawns which will eventually lead to more business.
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Why every 10 days? Isn't that going to make for a scheduling nightmare?

Can you mow them weekly?

Some members on here will charge $X per weekly cut and 1.5 x (X) for a bi-weekly cut.

So if they charge $30 weekly, they will charge $45 bi-weekly.

The higher the lawn, the more time it takes to cut. The more wear and tear it puts on your equipment.

And like the others said, the lawn looks like crap if it goes to far between mows.

I do wonder if the customers that want it mowed as minimal as possible are just not the customers you want to focus on.

What's your view on that?

You are right steve...Those are not the customers I want to focus on. I appreciate the info and I will definately not offer the 10 day mowing.... I would love for eveyone mow weekly but i know that won't happen as I already am mowing my wife's friends yard on a bi-weekly basis because she can't afford it weekly. Again I thank you guys for your time and input, it helps alot
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Why every 10 days? Isn't that going to make for a scheduling nightmare? ...
It does. I have two customers on "approximately" every 10 days. I do a 10 day and then 11 day schedule so that I can keep them on Mondays and Thursdays.

Here is how you set it up in Gopher:

I guess you could make it 10 days as well but 9 days keeps it all in place with the day choices selected. You just have to make sure it skips the proper number of days.

One week Monday, the next week's Thursday, skip one week then repeat. This makes 3 cuts per month. It is not the best plan but if it keeps a customer it may be worth it.

I do it that way because Monday is my miscellaneous day. Fertilizer, weed spray, pick up product, maintain equipment, etcetera so if I have to do a lawn or two on that day every once in a while it doesn't really bother me. Now when I get more fertilizer customers, they are going to get dropped.

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By the way, I do try to get 1.25x a weekly price. I found that 1.5x was just too much.
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By the way, I do try to get 1.25x a weekly price. I found that 1.5x was just too much.
Do you explain that to the customer or just bid it higher?

I could see either way having its pluses and negatives.
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Do you explain that to the customer or just bid it higher? ...
I only bid the weekly price and I state this price is for WEEKLY mowing only. I only take biweekly mowings if I want the job and/or they are willing to pay the extra.
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