How to price a 4 acre mowing job.

Have you ever gotten a call where a homeowner wanted you to bid on mowing a large acreage property? If you have only mowed smaller properties up to that point, you might not know where to begin your pricing. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who blindly bid on a 4 acre mowing job and ended up lucking out with his price. But if this happens to you, understand how long the job will take you before you bid or you might lose money every time you show up to mow.

One lawn care business owner wrote “does anyone have any advice on what to charge for a lawn that is 4 acres to mow? I just got a call to go bid a house that’s on a well cared for 4 acres of lawn. I am not even sure where I should start the bid price so I just threw out the first figure that came to my head $300 and the customer accepted it on the spot! I asked if they will want more work done during the year like pruning, clean ups, mulch install, and they said yes they are planning on me doing it all. So hopefully if I did underestimate that price, I can make up for it in upsells. Any thoughts on how I priced it?”

A second lawn care business owner wrote “I charge $100.00 per acre and that includes the trimming and blowing but obviously spring and fall clean up are extra so I think you should do alright.

With multiple acres I would normally knock a few bucks off and your price wouldn’t be too far off from mine.”

A third shared “I have a 3.5 acre yard but that includes the house and a large workshop plus driveway. Of the actual grass I mow, I’d say it’s just over/under 3 acres. It takes me an hour and 20 minutes to mow it. No trimming blowing etc. I have a 61″ scag ZTR and I also stripe the whole thing. I charge $95 to mow it weekly.”

A fourth added “I can only get about $40.00 an acre here. I have tried to figure big jobs per hour but it just messes with my head. There is no reason to get technical about it, charge by the job. I’ve learned that I have come pretty damn close in the past, and usually come out making more, if I just charge by the job. Remember, you want to be fair to yourself, but if you bid everything at $100-$150/hr, and only have a 42” riding tractor, you might have a hard time getting business. Charge by the job, and then as you go, upgrade to better, faster, equipment, and make more money for hour. Don’t make it more complicated than it has to be, you’ll drive yourself nuts. Plus, the price you can get is based on what your market can bear as well.”

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