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Old 10-08-2008, 04:58 PM
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I'm new at this...just finishing up my first season...what should you charge for leaf removal...compared to cutting yard...percentage wise. How much more to get the leaves out of the flower bed....Thanks Ron @ Rondrel
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Here's a thread that was JUST started with basically the same question.
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I'm new at this...just finishing up my first season...what should you charge for leaf removal...compared to cutting yard...percentage wise.

Anyone have any advice on this? I tried the link provided, but all it talked about was using a vac system or mulching. I don't advertise leaf removal, but I sometimes get someone asking for a quote. My usual response is that I don't do this service. The reason why I don't is that my town and the majority of my area has a free curbside pickup provided by the town. So many people opt out of paying someone when they can rake it to the curb and get it hauled away for free. Any advice on how to price these jobs would be great. I don't have a bagger on my ztr if that helps at all.
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The reason why I don't is that my town and the majority of my area has a free curbside pickup provided by the town. So many people opt out of paying someone when they can rake it to the curb and get it hauled away for free.
Just so I understand you don't do any fall cleanups or you blow it to the curb?

Blow the leaves into wind rows (lines) then rake onto tarps drag to truck. If you don't have a dump truck pile the loaded tarps on top of each other. So you can pull them out easy.
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Just so I understand you don't do any fall cleanups or you blow it to the curb?

Blow the leaves into wind rows (lines) then rake onto tarps drag to truck. If you don't have a dump truck pile the loaded tarps on top of each other. So you can pull them out easy.
No fall cleanups for me. I've advertised before, but get the same response. They aren't interested because the town does it for free. How do you price these jobs? By an hourly rate?
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how about charge for the time to blow to the curb, the day before the city picks up.
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No fall cleanups for me. I've advertised before, but get the same response. They aren't interested because the town does it for free. How do you price these jobs? By an hourly rate?
my city picks up bagged leaves.
So I base it on how long I think a normal person raking and bagging would take times $15 an hour.
Keep in mind we use blowers, Z-turn and 16hp leaf loader. Last year we did $50 an hour this year we upgraded to two Redmax 8500, and larger Z-turn (hoping to do $60 to $70 an hour.)
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my city picks up bagged leaves.
So I base it on how long I think a normal person raking and bagging would take times $15 an hour.
Keep in mind we use blowers, Z-turn and 16hp leaf loader. Last year we did $50 an hour this year we upgraded to two Redmax 8500, and larger Z-turn (hoping to do $60 to $70 an hour.)
I remember the picture of your leaf loader last year, that thing was bad @$$! Thanks for the help, I have a general idea of what to charge.
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This is my second season in lawn service but my first season in leaf removal. I just picked up a new customer for lawn service because I offer leaf removal this season. Customer wanted to deal with one lawn service company instead of two each year. To estimate on how much to charge for weekly/bi-weekly lawn service is one thing but leaf removal is totally different.

There a twice as many factors involved in leaf removal compared to mowing when it comes to what to charge your customers. One big thing I learned from this forum is do not advertise your rate per hour. It is easy for the customer to figure that out if they want to challenge you that your making $45-$60 per hour.

Just like lawn service, give your customer the scope of the job and what you will charge them. They really only want to know how much it will cost them for you to complete the job. I'm a one man army, with a mow and go operation. Most of my customers just want their lawns mowed and trimmed bi-weekly. They dont really care about lawncare and landscaping services. They just want the lawn cut at a reasonable price so they dont have to do it.

With leaf removal, Iam getting the same thing, they just want the bottom line price. My first leaf estimate was for $300 and the customer said ok sign me up and ask how much for lawn service on a weekly basis. I told him $40 and he said see you next week to start mowing my lawn on a regular basis. This is a 1/4 acre property and I can do it in less than 45 minutes. As far as leaf removal, I have nothing to compare too so I dont know if I low-balled myself or not asking for $300.

I just dont want to be way off on the price and then next year tell the customer the price is $500 this year. Thats not good for business but I have to live and learn. Any pointers from veterans on this topic would greatly help us little guys. Just having some idea of how you remove leaves and what you charge on the average. If we get some good replies, some of us my have the same situation as you and can charge a fair price.

I seen a ton of videos of how everyone does leaf removal differently but we need size of properties, man hours and what you charged the customer on the average.
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