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I am charging 15% on top of normal rate for make ready fee. What do you think too high or too low?
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make ready?
Make set?
make go?
make what ready, how would you make it ready, and where would you make it ready?

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Wink make ready aka first cut

It is the first cut of the year where the customer has let their yard grow long before calling you.
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if they are going for a year long service then i do not charge any thing extra if its a one time deal then i charge double
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if they are going for a year long service then i do not charge any thing extra if its a one time deal then i charge double
Same goes for me.
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Same here depending on how bad it is, expecially if you have to do a clean up, regular fee plus 50%+, some exceptions as always
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I wouldn't bother charging extra the first visit, unless their yard is you know, awful.

Usually when we all start our lawn maintenance service, the grass hasn't grown much anyway, an added fee couldn't be justified.

It's the clients you get further into the season that may have overgrown lawns, and this is where charging extra the first visit would make sense.
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The grass hasn't grown much???





This is what I cut yesterday...











I'm thinking about charging extra next season for those who don't do a fall cleanup. I understand that a first cut of the season will take more time than following cuts, but there's a point when you are spending WAY too much time preparing to cut.

The other day I spent an hour picking up sticks/branches at one of my regulars before mowing. Had she not have asked me to do that as a paid cleanup, I would not have mowed the lawn at the regular rate. Why should they get a free spring cleanup?

As far as what to charge and when, I think it all depends on the lawn and the client.
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