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How to Price Lawn Mowing Jobs
By coming up with a flexible outline for pricing potential mowings, the service can better find the best approach for arriving at an amount to charge, given their own breakdown of costs and desired profits among the equation.
Only after becoming familiar with competitor, mowing firms' pricing structures in the area - should rates be arrived at. Because even if the mowing or landscape business comes highly recommended, pricing oneself out-of-the-market is easily done, if prices are too-high, while coming in too-low can present its own perils, on occasion. Which will hold through 2017 as competition remains.
It is important to acquire close proximities, in regards to what maintenance capabilities that you possess. This practical experience approach is critical and can give an accurate portrayal of what can be expected. Ideally, having at the ready, breakdowns such as for example, it takes 30 minutes per comparable 1/2 acre lot via zero turn rider (assuming mowable grades), and one hour fifteen minutes for the same via self propelled walk-behind mower (and if a gate prevents the pass of wider equipment). Breakdowns by strict square footages should only be used as a general guidelines since no two yards are alike unless your happen to be quoting in a cookie-cutter style neighborhood
On being prepared: the only real way to be prepared is to have a handle on all your expenses. Even if informally done, be aware of the minimum amounts that you can do the mowing for, accounting for profit within this amount. This should include all fixed and variable expenses. Everything from advertising expense, to cellphone, insurance premiums to your vehicles and equipment and trailor for shuttling it all there. Fuel and maintenance never to be an oversight. Mowers that cost $6,000 plus do have lifecycles (while rebuilding could be an option). Calculate the most crucial numbers on an hourly basis. If a piece of equipment is expensed at a total of $3.60 per hour to operate ($1.60 for equipment and maintenance plus $2.00/hr for gas consumption @$3.50 gal.) - by keeping the fuel variable a seperate potential, you can adjust to fluctuations, rises and drops in your own operating expenses.
If equipment operating costs become intensive, it might make sense to direct your bidding to be based on hourly cost figures plus profits instead of the square footage pricing strategy.
Tip: Bring a portfolio of clients' groomed properties. Name drop local satisfied customers. This helps build value not otherwise conveyed by the pricing aspect alone.