How to charge for tree limb removal, damaged by winter storms.

Winter weather can bring many money making opportunities to the lawn care business owners. You don’t just have to provide snow plowing and salting to make money during snow storms. You can also make money by pruning and removing tree limbs that break off or are damaged by the weight of heavy snow but what should you charge for this service? Let’s look into this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

One lawn care business owner wrote “up here in the northeast we just had a little snow storm. Due to the weight from the snow, some limbs have been falling off trees and damaged the property of some of our lawn care customers. I had recently purchased a chain saw and pole saw during the fall and am looking forwards to put it to good use. So I am wondering, what is a general price to charge for cutting then limbs and hauling them off?”

A second lawn care business owner suggested “The first question I ask when I get a call for such services is ‘are all the limbs at ground level?’ If so we charge $65.00 an hour, with a minimum of one hour. We have the capability to chip them on site as well. This price is for one person. If more than one person is needed, we charge an additional $25.00 to $35.00 an hour for a helper.

If the broken limbs are not at ground level and we have to climb a tree, then it’s $125.00 an hour. This is due to insurance and worker’s comp costs. In your case, if you don’t have the capability to chip the branches on the spot, then you will need to charge an additional fee to perform this service so make sure you find out what the dumpage fee is in your area.”

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