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Posted 5/8/2012 by clee321 in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 5/8/2012 5:17:22 PM
We had someone come out and look at our yard to quote for mowing and trimming. I was expecting a higher price due to it taking 3 hours to do our lawn/trim.

What I wasn't prepared for was a quote that is equal to $30 per hour.

What are the prices where you are? Wonder if I just need to know what others are charging.



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Posted: 5/8/2012 5:25:33 PM
We pay DS $5 each time - takes him about 20-30 minutes.

But $30 an hour is a bit ridiculous for straight lawn-cutting I would think. If they included edge trimming and were super tidy about everything, I could see may $20 per hour. But I'm guessing what the market will allow will vary greatly by location.


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Posted: 5/8/2012 5:29:28 PM
We pay $200 a month for 1 acre (but they only deal with about 2/3rds of that because part of it is wooded on the other side of a creek).

They do all the trimming, seeding and fertilizing along with mowing and blowing.

Usually 2-3 guys are here for less than 1 hour per week on basic weeks. A few times a year they are hear for 1-2 hours. A few times a year they are here all day.

$50 a week for 2-3 guys puts it somewhere between $16 and $25 per hour. But that doesn't account for their drive time or the equipment/supplies costs.

yes, I think we have a great deal! We paid $30 a week in Houston for 1/4 acre with very little to trim.

and if it is a company that pays workers compensation insurance and liability insurance quite a bit of the cost goes to that too!

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Posted: 5/8/2012 5:44:22 PM
I pay $25 and it takes the lawn guy about 20-30 minutes tops to cut the grass and do the edging/trimming.



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Posted: 5/8/2012 5:45:03 PM
Our guy is here about an hour and we pay him $27 per visit. You also have to account for the cost of gas which is high right now.




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Posted: 5/8/2012 5:46:07 PM
$20/cut


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Posted: 5/8/2012 5:49:05 PM
We have 1/4 acre, and pay $25/week for them to cut, edge, and weed. They send out 3 guys and they're done in 20 minutes.


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Posted: 5/8/2012 5:50:37 PM
about $20 hour......

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Posted: 5/8/2012 5:53:59 PM
I think we have a lower than usual rate because 4 homes on our court use the same person on the same day-Saturday. We pay $20/week, which covers mowing, edging, blowing and disposal of leaves/cuttings in front and back yards (1/3 acre suburban lots - but every one of us has at least one large oak in the front yards, so fall seasons can take a while with all those leaves). One man, provides his own equipment, and sometimes has help from his college-age son. Average time is 1 hr/home lot.

He's a great guy...and gets great referrals from us all because he is!



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Posted: 5/9/2012 6:43:23 AM
ok, so $30/hour was a bit steep for the Peas. WHEW! I was considering a career change

We passed on their services. There is one more place I am thinking of calling and then if that doesn't pan out then I will strap on the shoes and get it done!



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Posted: 5/9/2012 6:52:10 AM

pay $25/week for them to cut, edge, and weed. They send out 3 guys and they're done in 20 minutes.


This is the same for us except that our lot is smaller than the PP. They cut several lawns on the same street and are done with all of them within an hour, so I'm guessing their hourly rate is something close to $125, but spread between three guys. *shrug* It's nasty work in the summer heat and I wouldn't want to do it. If my yard was big enough that it took the time equivalent for several other yards, I'd expect to pay an equivalently high price.

The head lawn guy drives a really nice car - much nicer than mine. Still couldn't pay me enough to get into that line of work! LOL



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Posted: 5/9/2012 7:05:40 AM
I pay $55 a week for 2 guys to cut, edge, trim, blow about 1/2 an acre of lawn. It's a really steep and crazily laid out yard.

They use those giant stand-on floating mowers, so it's a lot faster than I could ever do it. It used to take me 2-3 hours just for the mowing. They're in and out in 30 minutes.

I chose them because the owner is much fussier than I am. The yard always looks great, and I don't have to do it.

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Posted: 5/9/2012 7:13:22 AM
About $40 per cut (includes edging, trimming and blowing) for 3/4 acre. It's pretty much the going rate around here.

I agree that like many other things, cost varies by location.



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Posted: 5/9/2012 7:16:00 AM
We don't use a service, but I have sometimes hired my neighbor's teenaged son to do the lawn when I haven't had time. He does it for $20 and it takes about an hour, but that's what he charges everyone regardless of size of the lawn. $30/hr seems really steep.


We passed on their services. There is one more place I am thinking of calling and then if that doesn't pan out then I will strap on the shoes and get it done!


Consider asking friends or neighbors who have teenagers who might need a job. This would be a good opportunity for them to do something and earn some money. These days it seems most people go with big established lawn services rather than hiring a neighbor's kid - partly because many of the kids are sitting inside on their computers or phones, but it doesn't hurt to ask. Expect to have to give explicit instructions on what you want done at least the first time. With this approach, you might be able to tell the person that you'd pay $X for them to mow your lawn. $10 or $12 an hour is probably a good deal for most teens since it's higher than min wage.

My neighbor's son at 24 started a full fledged lawn care business based on his lawnmowing experience. He is anal about edging and cleanup and does a good job. With the huge mower he has, he can do most lawns in our neighborhood in less than half an hour (takes me an hour to mow my lawn) and charges $25. Most of the neighbors use him.

Good luck

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Posted: 5/9/2012 7:34:24 AM
My dh owns a lawn service in Florida.

It's typically cheaper if you sign an annual contract. Depending on the size of your yard and how much fussy trimming and edging the rates can vary monthly from $80 to $150. That includes weekly service during daylight savings time and bi-weekly during eastern standard time.

If you dont' want to sign a contract then he charges by the week which can range from $30 to $60.

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Posted: 5/9/2012 7:48:00 AM
They're buying gas to get there, and gas to mow with.

They're paying for the machinery and upkeep of the lawn equipment.

They're paying the same, plus insurance for the truck to haul the lawn mowers.

They're *YOU HOPE* insured, so that if they damage your property, etc., you won't be left in the lurch.

Plus wages, which may or may not include payroll taxes. I doubt the workers get benefits, but who knows? You'd hope they are covered with some worker's comp insurance, at least.

I'm sure you thought of this, I just wanted to type that all out because it's on my mind.

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Posted: 5/9/2012 8:08:45 AM
I expected $10-$15 per hour. Last night it sounded that he would be utilizing our equipment and there is a separate gas fee for each time. We were looking for minimum of 6 weeks of service. We both love mowing but due to summer schedule of night shifts we thought we could outsource the lawn.

I have tried to get a teenager from my friends as well as two local churches and ZERO response. So I will call one more place today.



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Posted: 5/9/2012 8:37:19 AM
The more I think about it, ours would total $75/hour, since we pay $25 for 20 minutes of work. So in comparison, your $30/hour is a bargain. Is it one guy that would do the work, and would he be there for the total hour?

Also wanted to add--ours also blows the sidewalks, front porch and deck off, and get rid of all the leaves in the fall. I love our service. Their edging is awesome. We got rid of another company early last year because DH didn't like the way they edged.


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Posted: 5/9/2012 9:09:18 AM
My husband and I didn't price by the hour, but by many things that we had to mow and trim around. And I am thinking if it is taking three hours to mow your lawn you are getting pretty cheap.

and if you wanted a prime mowing time, it would have cost you more.



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Posted: 5/9/2012 9:15:02 AM
I pay $45 a month & Ken comes once a week.

He just does my front & back yards (fairly simple; tract home), but he also fertilizes a few times a year for free, trims up the hedges when they need it, and fixes sprinklers for free.

Definitely worth my money.

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Posted: 5/9/2012 9:17:10 AM

My husband and I didn't price by the hour, but by many things that we had to mow and trim around. And I am thinking if it is taking three hours to mow your lawn you are getting pretty cheap.


We don't have much to mow around so I wish you were closer. We have 3/4 of an acre with our house and a shed on it.

Last year with our riding mower (older than me and it died on us) it took approx 1 hour to mow (zip and you were done, so awesome) and trim. Now we have a little push mower (saving cash for a new to us ride mower) and it takes one of us approx 2 hours with trimming.

We let him know it takes us 2+ hours and the quote was $90 with the comment that it really should be $130. So, we aren't going with that option.

Really had hoped that we could get the 6 weeks done but we were joking that we will either pay the nuisance violation or get pegged for noise violations doing it ourselves.

For sure an eye opening experience.



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Posted: 5/9/2012 9:19:38 AM
Our lawn service is $30/week. It takes two or three guys about an hour to do our lawn, which includes edging, trimming bushes, etc. And, in the Fall, they do all the leaves -- which frankly is worth what we pay all summer!

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Posted: 5/9/2012 9:31:27 AM
We pay $20 a week for mowing and edging. Our yard is quite small and it takes 20-30 minutes to do.


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Posted: 5/9/2012 9:41:07 AM
I pay $40 per cut (includes trimming/blowing). It takes 2 guys about 30-45 minutes, so $30 an hour is pretty standard in my area.



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Posted: 5/9/2012 10:27:22 AM
I would put it out for bid. Some companies really love to undercut other companies.

I had a company here who would underbid me by half. I finally starting telling people who had massive lawns that I would do them for $10. that company got stuck doing 8 lawns for $5 a mow and they were Friday mows.


when I say we counted everything....everything, including sprinkler heads, and the house itself.....we trimmed everything every mow.


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Posted: 5/9/2012 10:45:16 AM
Three hours! Is your lawn huge or does the company not have serious equipment?

Dh does ours but my neighbor uses a service. They mow and edge her yard once a week for $45. It takes them about thirty minutes...two guys...less than half an acre. They do a bunch of yards in our neighborhood. Their equipment is top notch.






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Posted: 5/9/2012 10:47:04 AM

I had a company here who would underbid me by half. I finally starting telling people who had massive lawns that I would do them for $10. that company got stuck doing 8 lawns for $5 a mow and they were Friday mows.


I would have tried to "play nice" but I love what you did on this!!! How annoying to have to deal with that kind of business!



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Posted: 5/9/2012 12:10:04 PM
I am so excited. Called a service with an A+ rating and they just wrote us an estimate- $36 per week!!!! so excited to find a service to use!!



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Posted: 5/9/2012 12:47:35 PM
I see you found something you are happy with but I just wanted to say that I think

I expected $10-$15 per hour.
is really unrealistic. Hopefully a person doing the work makes $10 an hour and that doesn't take into account the gas to drive there and gas to mow, the buying and upkeep of equipment, insurance, taxes --which for small businesses are crazy, profit for the business owner, a receptionist who may be the answering the phones, advertising, and so on...

If you price it out by hour, we pay $150+ an hour for our work but thinking we are getting a screaming deal. We pay $15 every other week for a company to just do our small front yard. I actually feel bad about how cheap it is and am thinking about talking to them about raising it a bit. 2 guys come to mow and edge and blow and it takes about 7 minutes.



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Posted: 5/9/2012 1:12:32 PM

Hopefully a person doing the work makes $10 an hour and that doesn't take into account the gas to drive there and gas to mow, the buying and upkeep of equipment, insurance, taxes --which for small businesses are crazy, profit for the business owner, a receptionist who may be the answering the phones, advertising, and so on...


in one of my updates I shared that there is a gas charge on top of the quoted fee.

I am very comfortable with the new company being able to travel to my house. They live diagonally from me and I can see their business travel trailer from my kitchen window. So, they won't waste too much of their profit on gas.

Neither of these operations have receptionists, etc. Maybe in other areas of the country these kinds of businesses do but here they are usually a 2nd job or teenagers business.

We don't make $30/hour plus gas, so we certainly don't have the ability to support a business which is charging that much. I felt for the guy and his down on luck story, but I can't pay what we don't have budgeted.




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Posted: 5/9/2012 1:38:13 PM
Currently I pay $175 a month. They come every week. It takes about 20 minutes. They mow, edge, weed eat, and trim the landscape bushes. They also apply my chemicals, and keep track of the irrigation. I have a 1/4 acre lot. He is licensed and insured, pays his employees a living wage, and uses his own equipment.

I am getting a good deal. I used to work for a different landscaper and his cuts started at $45. He charged extra for chemicals and irrigation. It burns his butt that I use his competitor. Too bad, he should have paid me what I was worth. I was his office manager.


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Posted: 5/9/2012 1:52:17 PM
I don't have a lawn service because I have daughters! The girls are our lawn service.

I am curious how much to pay someone to mow. We are going on vacation this summer and want to get one of the neighbor girls to mow for us.

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Posted: 5/9/2012 8:59:00 PM
I pay $50 per mow/trim.... and we have an acre and a half. It's an older gentleman, sometimes his wife comes too. I think it takes them less than 2 hours.


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Posted: 5/9/2012 9:05:38 PM
we pay $35 per week for a small yard, that probably takes the crew (2 -3 plus the owner) about 30 minutes to do....so the per hour is kind of a scary high figure!

they mow, edge, clean up for that price, if there is other things I need done (like trim bushes) I call or leave a note and they will leave a bill.

from what I can tell this is about average in our area. I get flyers on our door for about the same amount all the time.

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