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How Much To Charge for Mowing? | Pricing Cheat Sheet

how do you come up with your initial

price whenever you're sending out your

estimate for a lawn mowing job you know

in the beginning is very intimidating

trying to figure that out we've all been

there and in this video my point is to

help you out and hopefully streamline

some of that process show you some of

the stuff that I use in determining how

much I charge per yard okay my

disclaimer is is your market is

different from mine and his market is

different from his and we all have to

come into agreement on that and

everybody has to be on the same page so

you cannot simply plug and play and copy

people's prices I will give you some of

my example prices for my area but again

this does not work if you have not done

a little bit of the legwork yourself and

made a few mistakes okay there's no

substitute for getting out there and

making a few mistakes okay that being

said how can we streamline a couple of

those mistakes all right the first thing

is that you can call your your friends

and family and ask them on their

particular size yard what would you be

willing to pay for lawn service on their

yard now you know hopefully they're not

like cheapskates or something but you

can actually ask them say hey you know

realistically what would you what would

you pay to have somebody come out you

know fully serviced the pools fully

serviced the yard that's a good way to

check the second way to check is to get

in touch with a couple competitors and

then have them come out and even give

your friends and family pricing and that

will get you in the general ballpark

okay that is my disclaimer on how you

can go ahead and figure out your your

basic market prices in your area but now

we're going to dive into okay let's talk

about some of the nitty-gritty how you

determine what you're actually going to

charge why yards should be thirty

dollars instead of thirty five or why

yards should be forty five dollars

instead of forty dollars all right let's

talk about that

the first tip that I would give you

whenever it comes to figuring out your

lawn knowing prices is that you have to

be laser focus on a particular size

property okay you have no business

cutting a 1/8 of an acre and then

driving off from that property and then

going around and cutting some five acre

field if you're just starting out man

and that's what this video is geared

towards is for the new guy is that if

you are just starting out you're not set

up

to do all that in the fastest way for

you to screw up is to take on different

size properties and your pricing is

gonna be messed up man the best tip that

I can give you in the beginning is to

figure out what your market supports

what are the builders building are they

building on quarter acre lots

that's your market dude are they

building on half acre lots that's your

market ok if you live up in the north

and most of the properties are like two

acres and lots of rolling hills and the

next your market and that's your thing

but you have number one have got to

figure out exactly what property you

want to focus on okay you have to know

that that is that is the key to

everything that is the number one most

important thing the number two thing is

that whenever you figure out you know

what your what your ideal size property

is you have to come up with only a few

prices alright I say a few there's gonna

be some fluctuations but in general you

know you need to have a small variance

in your pricing and let's take that a

step further and say we are only going

to offer a few different prices for this

we're going to keep it completely simple

and I go back to this all the time guys

but you know I I like to think I have a

pretty good head on my shoulders but the

fact is is that nothing gets implemented

unless you keep it simple I've always

taken they keep it simple stupid

approach that's what we're talking about

here getting focused is keeping it

simple

our only offering a few different prices

is keeping it simple ok let's go to the

third thing so the third thing whenever

you're determining your pricing um for

your lawn mowing is you need to come up

and this is this is it this is what

everybody's been waiting for the pricing

schematic sheet okay you need your own

for your market alright it's going to

have the turf square footage size number

one it's going to have if they have a

lot of obstacles in the yard you know

like if it's an inline lot corner lot

those types of things you can give that

different weights and then number three

it's going to be do they want weekly or

bi-weekly service that's it dude like

there's so many details you can get

bogged in you know as to do they have

three three three trees to weed it

around or four trees do we need around

do they have edging to do on the

sidewalk or just the driveway but they

have a

or they a corner lot are they on a hill

do they have obstacles in the backyard

you know how much stuff is there to mow

around and you can just get bogged down

and all that crap man but I'm telling

you the easiest way is to come up with a

pricing schematic she with just a few

different property sizes I see a

property size I mean turf size give

those property sizes different weights

based on how much weed eating or how

difficult the property is in terms of

edging I just give it three different

weights and then finally does the person

want weekly or bi-weekly service alright

that's how I do my pricing schematic she

let me give you an example of a pricing

schematic sheet I'm not gonna give you

exactly what I do here have my company

because I know a lot of my competitors

watch my channel and that's cool

whatever but you know I don't want to

give you our exact pricing so I am going

to give you a concept sheet that you can

implement immediately and and again this

goes back to you doing a little bit of

legwork on your own knowing what size

property you want and then focusing on

those sets of properties with only a few

different prices okay check it out okay

so the first thing you're going to see

here is on the left-hand side there is

the turf square footage and then level 1

level 2 and level 3 that is the

difficulty level of the property okay

level 1 would be just I mean why did I

open just about as easy as it gets

minimal weed-eating an inline lot you

know meaning no corner lots just minimal

edging maybe just a driveway so level C

would be something that has you know a

fence and some weeding in the yard and

maybe they have a driveway and a

sidewalk that would be an example of

level 2 yard and might a level 3 for us

would be something like it's a corner

lot with a sidewalk the wraps all the

way around it a big curb to edge around

that requires more time and there's a

lot of you know weed eating and stuff on

the yard so that is in general guys just

a rough way to give your properties

different weights because we all know

that a 5 to 6,000 square foot lawn is

not the same on every property every

property is different so that's why how

I give them weights ok level one being

the easiest level 3 being the most

difficult all right now the levels are

those are all weekly prices and then if

a client wants to

switch to bi-weekly service instead of

weekly service we tack on an extra 20

percent I'm gonna do a separate video on

why I love bi-weekly yards there's a lot

of controversy as to whether you know

you should even do buy with these or not

and I just got to tell you guys I

absolutely love bi-weekly service that's

the topic for another time but I

I love bi-weekly service I'm just going

to leave that at that okay

so again all those prices are for weekly

service and then if the client wants

bi-weekly we just have an extra of

twenty percent so that's the way we do

it guys how do we get our turf square

footage we use yard book I will pin a

nother video that I have done regarding

yard book and how we do our estimating

process with measuring out the property

online but that's it so again just to

recap it's so important that you know

the ideal property size because whenever

you have your ideal property size and

you're able to focus on that then you

can just offer offer only a few

different prices only a few different

pricing options whether it want weekly

or bi-weekly and then based on difficult

to get the yard it just keeps everything

simple for you and the simpler you can

make it the quicker you're going to

implement it and the quicker you

implement some type of pricing

schematics you the quicker you are going

to stop making mistakes and then get out

on these properties and be realize oh my

god I'm out here cutting this for $40

and this is a $65 yard guys that is a

miserable feeling whenever you are out

there working your butt off on a yard

for the same price when you go next door

and do that same garden as twice as easy

for the same price like you've got to

stop doing that okay the way you fix

that is by having some type of cheat

sheet that's the way that we do it here

at my company so again I want to share

with you a couple of those videos I'll

link those up here so you can see those

very important that you check those out

because they tie into this video

whenever you're trying to figure out

your mowing prices you need to not only

understand your market and your

particular size yard you need to have a

pricing schematic sheet and you need to

understand how profitable each chart is

this is the way that we do it good luck

guys y'all take care