How to price a lawn for mowing a small mobile home yard.

There are some very small lawns out there that you may be called upon to bid your mowing services on. How should you price them though? Can you price them real cheap because they are so small or do you need to have a minimum price regardless of how small a yard is, just to show up? That is a topic which came up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum when a new entrepreneur questioned what he should do with a mobile home customer.

One lawn care business owner wrote “I am in need of a little help with pricing a lot that includes a mobile home, a small patio, and a small storage shed on it. It’s flat ground which would take no more than 10 minutes to push mow. I figure it would take just about the same for the zero turn to mow it by the time I unload and load. Then maybe 10 minutes to weed eat everything. It has the potential to maybe attract several more lots on the same street. I am not real sure how to price this yard because it is so small, about 25′x70′.

I don’t want to price myself out of a job but I also don’t want to under cut the price either.”

A second lawn care business owner said “I personally have a $25 minimum, but in your case it will depend on your hourly rate.

To come up with a price, I would take the time you think it will take to mow the account and multiply that by what your company needs to make per hour to stay in business. Make sure you take into account your overhead, your salary etc. Not to mention any travel time, etc.

How to price mowing a small mobile home yard.

How to price mowing a small mobile home yard.

In other words if your hourly rate is $60 and you think it will take 25 minutes total, you might charge $25.”

A third added “you could set a minimum of $35.00 I personally have a minimum price of $50.00 for mowing bi-weekly lawn care customers and $35.00 for weekly customers. In my area you have to be flexible to provide weekly and bi-weekly services because the majority of my clients prefer bi-weekly. However, you must have some idea of what you want to make per hr. and charge accordingly. You can charge $1.00 per minute but on the other hand, if you want to get all the yards on that street or neighborhood you could give a discounted price for all the yards because they are all close together. You burn less gas and time for travel which will save on your expenses.”

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