Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Community Assistance

Community Assistance Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.

Charging for double cuts?


Community Assistance

Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 05-07-2010, 01:35 AM
jerreber's Avatar
jerreber jerreber is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Lansing MI
Posts: 20
Rep Power: 6
jerreber is on a distinguished road
Default Charging for double cuts?

Whats your take on this? I've been thinking of adding at least a 50% charge for double cutting during the spring if a customer is unhappy with clumps on the grass during spring. I do this with one customer and she is fine with it. If they know up front what to expect, do you think it will scare people away?
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 05-07-2010, 04:20 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by jerreber View Post
Whats your take on this? I've been thinking of adding at least a 50% charge for double cutting during the spring if a customer is unhappy with clumps on the grass during spring. I do this with one customer and she is fine with it. If they know up front what to expect, do you think it will scare people away?
We never charge if staff have to go over the lawn twice, which is rare that we do.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-07-2010, 09:58 AM
lawn mowering
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Smile Do you have a bagger

I charge $5 to $20 depending on the size to bag the grass when the customer says "why a mow is amow isnt it" I tell them the extra charge is because of the time and gas and that it may only be 5 minutes on your lawn I must drive out to recycle "dispose" the grass. after I say that people compleatly understand infact I have only got people saying that is a good deal. use the spring to your advantage offer bagging if they still want in double mulch I would charge them twice if you order 2 large pizzas from a pizza place because 1 isnt enough they dont give you 1/2 off without a coupon or promotion. but if you want extra toppings its not as expensive as another pizza. same with mowing add Bagging $5, double mow double price.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-07-2010, 10:18 AM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Lightbulb

You are lucky to have a customer willing to pay extra for double cuts. I think most customers want a price for a completed job and not be surprised with a double cut surcharge.

Your initial estimate (and scheduling) should take into account the possibility of heavy growth during springtime.

Weekly mowing is vital during spring for most lawns. If a customer wants you to mow less than weekly and that is causing the grass to clump, you should price the job with the knowledge that you may have to double cut during heavy growth times.

Use this as a selling point to get them on a weekly schedule.
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-07-2010, 03:29 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,256
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Is there a change he could be making with his blades to avoid the clumping?

Quote:
Whats your take on this? I've been thinking of adding at least a 50% charge for double cutting during the spring if a customer is unhappy with clumps on the grass during spring.
Is this for weekly customers or bi weekly? Or does it not matter?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-07-2010, 03:33 PM
jklawncare's Avatar
jklawncare jklawncare is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 577
Rep Power: 6
jklawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

I charge a lady 40 for her and her 93 year old mothers lawn..(live side by side)
i had to mow it twice and i wasnt going to charge her but she handed me a check with 80 and i told her it wasnt necessary she said oh yes it is thank you so much

I think id charge half to go back over the lawn if you do charge for it..
__________________
Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
"Where Service is Always in Season"
Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-07-2010, 11:31 PM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

I triple cut my lawns this Spring. Just can't avoid it.

We started the first Monday of May... Should have started in April.

Though once it's all been cut down, it's a walk in the park throughout the season.

I don't mind taking a little bit of extra time on a lawn, if I know I'll be able to manage all of my lawns within the day.

If I work 8-5 this week, I'll most likely be working 8-3 next week. It just gets easier.

I don't bother raising my prices for different cuts, that's just frustrating for everyone including myself.

With all of my customers, I know who owes me what. I don't need papers to remind me anymore.

Got 3 more customers today.

One from last year, who is deciding not to sell her house.

One of my current clients neighbors.

And a couple who live a block away.

Wednesdays are just getting more difficult :P hahaha!!!

Wednesdays = My area
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Customer letters that fit into double window envelopes Fresh Cut General Talk 1 01-15-2010 10:25 PM
Double back flip Steve General Talk 2 07-01-2007 05:19 PM
Double Billing Line Item Problems Steve Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 0 05-03-2005 08:56 AM
Double Line Items! BSDeality Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 09-16-2003 05:27 PM
Splitting Unilock PISA II Double Units!!! Gopher Tech General Business Discussions 5 08-10-2003 11:17 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
Today 06:57 PM
by SGL1
11 223
equipment marketplace?
jrs.landscaping
Today 04:49 PM
Today 06:09 PM
by jrs.landscaping
2 32
Buying contracts /...
greenscaper123
Yesterday 04:46 PM
Today 05:59 PM
by Steve
2 66
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
Today 05:50 PM
by Steve
63 5,393
Lawn Care Service in...
Friscobob
04-24-2015 03:33 PM
Today 05:44 PM
by Steve
4 149
mowfinder
scaypa
Today 05:44 PM
Today 05:44 PM
by scaypa
0 12
what's the big deal...
Tony317
04-25-2015 02:19 PM
Today 05:43 PM
by Steve
3 114
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
Today 05:41 PM
by Steve
4 113
mowing pic
joshlawncare
04-25-2015 12:34 PM
Today 05:40 PM
by Steve
2 103
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
Today 05:38 PM
by Steve
8 222
Newb Question - Multiple...
DependiLawn
04-24-2015 11:36 PM
Today 05:36 PM
by Steve
1 91
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
Today 03:35 PM
by Just for Cuts
62 2,647
Correct me if I'm wrong...
SGL1
Yesterday 02:41 PM
Today 03:33 PM
by Just for Cuts
6 95
maintandlawndispatch...
SGL1
04-21-2015 03:31 PM
04-24-2015 04:42 PM
by Steve
9 250
Thoughts on Undocumented...
element009
09-25-2011 11:08 AM
04-23-2015 09:32 PM
by Chilehead
56 15,540
Hello Everyone
DesignsByBnC
04-22-2015 04:07 PM
04-23-2015 02:19 PM
by DesignsByBnC
2 128
The upcoming rainy...
5StarLawnscaping
04-21-2015 01:22 PM
04-23-2015 12:54 PM
by Steve
7 226
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
04-23-2015 12:50 PM
by Steve
12 395
WARNING! Especially to...
SC93
04-19-2015 12:05 PM
04-22-2015 01:39 PM
by Steve
14 459
Could be great news for...
SC93
04-14-2015 11:06 PM
04-22-2015 01:28 PM
by Steve
15 530
quick pic
joshlawncare
04-14-2015 07:49 PM
04-21-2015 05:01 PM
by joshlawncare
4 369
Got Inspected today
swstout
08-09-2010 10:31 PM
04-21-2015 03:53 PM
by SGL1
10 4,025
Smoked my first belt!
SGL1
04-20-2015 08:46 PM
04-21-2015 03:28 PM
by SGL1
4 194
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
04-21-2015 12:47 PM
by Steve
25 1,043
lawn care business...
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:56 PM
04-21-2015 06:18 AM
by holymoly
3 286
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
04-20-2015 10:02 PM
by SGL1
4 507
Poll & Discussion...
CHEESE2009
09-16-2011 06:16 PM
04-20-2015 08:20 PM
by avetslawncare
27 5,702
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
04-20-2015 01:08 PM
by Steve
4 291
Aerating / Dethaching...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-12-2015 07:53 PM
04-19-2015 08:49 PM
by Chilehead
17 630
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
04-19-2015 09:21 AM
by KJ90
8 1,046
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
04-19-2015 05:26 AM
by RSE
22 1,064
Hustler Raptor
SGL1
04-13-2015 09:27 PM
04-18-2015 07:53 AM
by SGL1
15 547
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
04-17-2015 10:25 PM
by Wolf4dk
11 460
Am I missing something...
googus
04-11-2015 06:33 PM
04-17-2015 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
10 577
Hello
sonny54
04-16-2015 09:49 PM
04-17-2015 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 225
Unreal
Chilehead
04-09-2015 09:12 PM
04-17-2015 08:27 AM
by Chilehead
11 609
starting a lawn care...
JBENI
04-14-2015 09:03 AM
04-17-2015 08:03 AM
by JBENI
14 594
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
04-16-2015 07:52 PM
by avetslawncare
23 1,406
New 14 x 7 Enclosed...
whitepropertydetail
04-15-2015 06:46 PM
04-16-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 288
older used dump trucks
SECTLANDSCAPING
09-22-2011 12:33 AM
04-16-2015 12:41 PM
by biglee
21 8,084
Tax Poll
Steve
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
by Steve
0 263
lawn care by Aj
aj10261984
04-14-2015 06:50 PM
04-15-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
2 306
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 08:13 AM
04-15-2015 12:54 PM
by SC93
7 1,307
trying to sign up for...
JBENI
04-14-2015 10:20 AM
04-14-2015 12:11 PM
by Steve
1 884
Charging customers for...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-14-2015 07:34 AM
04-14-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
1 344
New member
Jdlandscaping,LLC
04-11-2015 03:24 PM
04-14-2015 05:45 AM
by Jdlandscaping,LLC
2 366
hello
oasis_greenscapes
04-01-2015 06:18 PM
04-13-2015 12:03 PM
by Steve
8 606
New Member
Greenturion
04-11-2015 02:00 PM
04-13-2015 11:59 AM
by Steve
1 324
Client with...
OldSalt
04-07-2015 09:47 PM
04-13-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
8 555
Getting rid of "mulched...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 04:21 PM
04-13-2015 11:26 AM
by biglee
3 366
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping apartment bid apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate applying bark blowout bob villa bush collections commercial contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration ditches door hangers edging employee problems estimate facebook google grass growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills how to hydraulic jobs landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing more customers business new mower ordinance past due patio install per hour charge per hour service profit on employee scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization seo shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape web design website won't return wood wright stander rh www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:59 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:59 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy