Being able to establish your own charges is one of the best privileges when you work for yourself and manage your own lawn-mowing business. It’s nice to not be constrained by someone else’s price norms and be able to set the bar however you feel is acceptable and lucrative. However, there are occasions when it can be a little challenging to choose which price guide is best for you.

How much is excessive?

What is the client’s fair price?

What adequately covers your costs?

In the following advice, we highlight the major aspects of pricing from the perspective of a new lawn mowing business.

Main Factors to consider when pricing your lawn mowing services

Like many businesses when they first start out, deciding on pricing is a difficult one. With lawn mowing, there are 3 key factors that will determine how you price a job. Whilst you can have some set pricing for general tasks, the actual cost of a job will be influenced by these key factors. These include:

  1. The current state of the lawn
  2. Equipment you will require
  3. The frequency and urgency of required services

Let’s take a look at each one in more detail.

1. The current state of the lawn and how it will affect your pricing

The are many factors to a lawns current state or condition that can affect how you price a job. As not every lawn is the same, you will need to factor these into your pricing. They include.

2. Equipment required to get the job done

When starting your lawn mowing business you will need to invest in a range of products. These should be suitable for most jobs, however there may be jobs that require specific equipment, and if you do not have these then you may have to purchase or hire this equipment to get the job completed and this will incur additional costs.

3. Lawn mowing frequency and urgency

The frequency and urgency of lawn mowing services is the 3rd factor to consider. If a customer would like their lawn mowed more regularly then you can customise a lawn care package to suit their needs. This can include a discount due to the more frequent lawn mowing required. Being more frequent, there will most likely be less to do each time as the grass shouldn’t have grown too much in that time. If someone requires an urgent lawn care service, then you can offer a “rush fee” and charge more for the service.

Other costs associated with Lawn Mowing to consider

The costing of the job is only the beginning. You should also consider other aspects of the job. These are:

Find out what other lawn mowing businesses are charging

The lawn mowing company in question will determine the rate. Each one will be different. While some require a minimum rate, others charge a call fee to evaluate the lawn and give an accurate quote based upon the work being done. Some may give an estimate based on their experience, judgment, or both. Others will use a systematic system to factor in all the charges and factors.

Jump onto sites such as Airtasker, Gumtree, or even your local Facebook page and check out what other companies are charging. You could even just make a post on Facebook groups to see what customers are willing to pay. This will help you get a good idea of what you can charge.





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