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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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For the companies out there who provide annual contracts, could you please give me some input on how you provide those services.

Also say your normal mowing season is 23 weeks, how do you cover if you have a dry summer and you only mow 20 weeks or have to mow 26 weeks?

how do you go about finding out what to charge for a year, per month? say you offer one clean up, most you can cover at the monthly price but you have one that takes two days?

I have an example of what I would like to add for a yearly contract just don't know what to make the prices or how to go about doing it. any help would be greatly appreciated.

So here is what I have so far. I have mowed at most 23 weeks, mostly 20weeks, so far in the 3 years, so I took my normal $40 yard x 23 mowings = $920 plus $40 for the one time edging = 960/12= $80 to start for my basic package.

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- leafblowing of all walks, drives, and hard services
$80 a month or if pay for year discount to $900 for the year a 5% discount.

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-1 spring and fall leaf cleanup
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-Scott's 4 step lawncare fertilizer program application
-early spring, late spring, summer, and and fall application
- 1 aerating, dethatching, and overseeding in the spring
$170 a month($2050 value) or if paid in full $1740 15% discount
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looking at your calculations, would you be dividing your total by 12 months, or by the number or months you mow??? I know my commercial accounts like a year long contract in keeping the cost down, but would residential want to pay you in the winter time?? Just a thought.
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yes it would be by 12 for both residential and commerical. I always do snow plowing, so I would just incorporate that with the monthly price.
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how do you go about finding out what to charge for a year, per month? say you offer one clean up, most you can cover at the monthly price but you have one that takes two days?

I have an example of what I would like to add for a yearly contract just don't know what to make the prices or how to go about doing it. any help would be greatly appreciated.

So here is what I have so far. I have mowed at most 23 weeks, mostly 20weeks, so far in the 3 years, so I took my normal $40 yard x 23 mowings = $920 plus $40 for the one time edging = 960/12= $80 to start for my basic package.
Ultimately, I would think that you would want to figure out what your average # of mowings would be and how long the cleanups would be. It would be difficult or near impossible to account for everything.

Maybe you could put in your contract that if the cleanups or mowings exceeded a certain amount of time or number of mowings, you would have to add an additional charge. That could help cover you in the event of an unexpected problem.
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For the companies out there who provide annual contracts, could you please give me some input on how you provide those services.

Also say your normal mowing season is 23 weeks, how do you cover if you have a dry summer and you only mow 20 weeks or have to mow 26 weeks?

how do you go about finding out what to charge for a year, per month? say you offer one clean up, most you can cover at the monthly price but you have one that takes two days?

I have an example of what I would like to add for a yearly contract just don't know what to make the prices or how to go about doing it. any help would be greatly appreciated.

So here is what I have so far. I have mowed at most 23 weeks, mostly 20weeks, so far in the 3 years, so I took my normal $40 yard x 23 mowings = $920 plus $40 for the one time edging = 960/12= $80 to start for my basic package.

Bronze package
on properties up to 30,000 sq ft.
services included on a weekly basis
- mowing
- weedeating
- edging to include one edging in the spring
- leafblowing of all walks, drives, and hard services
$80 a month or if pay for year discount to $900 for the year a 5% discount.

Silver package
all services included in Bronze package plus
-1 hedge trimming in the early summer
-1 spring and fall leaf cleanup
$120 per month($1450 value) or if paid in full $1300 10% discount

Gold Package
all services included in silver package plus
-Scott's 4 step lawncare fertilizer program application
-early spring, late spring, summer, and and fall application
- 1 aerating, dethatching, and overseeding in the spring
$170 a month($2050 value) or if paid in full $1740 15% discount
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yes it would be by 12 for both residential and commerical. I always do snow plowing, so I would just incorporate that with the monthly price.
I do a 12 month service contract for residential only. I include mowing, weedeating, edging (when needed), blowing, 1 spring clean-up (includes 1 mulch), 1 fall clean-up, and then switch the services to plowing in the winter. I have different pricing for the contracts depending on how many houses are in the vicinity (HOA's, etc.).
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How do you figure out how much to include in your annual contract to cover the snow plowing which can potentially vary greatly?
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I was just going to add my snow removal on a as needed basis due to that fact. I really want to do the money as listed because that puts me a little above what i made off each customer last year, so I see it as a way to offer more, plus add money in my bank. The mowing prices stay the same but the additional services help have more profit. Trying to sell the services seperately is alot harder to sell. I also thought about doing custom packages as well.
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Maybe they could be covered for an average amount of snow fall for your area and anything past X amount of snowfalls would allow you to charge extra per snowfall?
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Im still trying to get something going like this too so idk if im pro help, but..

It just seems like 80 per month is too low imo..

I have 1 client that is my low/no money maker client..

he has 1 acre lot, pays me 200 per month to mow it weekly.. 50per mow/weedeat/blow/i edge it sometimes although he says not to worry about that..

my other 1/2 acre lots i get 45 for bi weekly, and have 1 @ 50 per bi weekly.

im not sure how much diff 1 acre is from 30k but it's not much..
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