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Are these rates correct?

I was just doing a search online about rates for mowing lawns. Below are the suggested rates from checkatrade. I'm not asking people for their rates. However, I would be grateful for any feedback. Based on the suggested average, I wouldn't be able to carry on. What do people think?

How much does grass cutting cost?UnitCost +VAT (Range low-high)Average cost
Residential lawn mowingPer hour-£20
Residential lawn mowingPer 100 m2-£10
Commercial lawn mowingPer hour£30-50£40
Commercial lawn mowingPer 100 m2-£25
StrimmingPer job£15-110£62.50

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  • i would ignore those figures

  • The quoted figures are complete and utter nonsense. Ignore them. They are far too low and seem to be all over the place. How could you travel to a small 10m x 10m job [100m2 as quoted], unload and use a mower, a strimmer/edger and a blower and only charge the client £10? It’s ridiculous.

    The costs to you the contractor to mow say 500 m2, is the same whether it is domestic or commercial. 500 m2 of grass is 500 m2 of grass, who owns it is irrelevant to your time and costs. Commercial work is more expensive than domestic only because the work is on a larger scale. There are other variables, like number of cuts etc. but basically it comes down to how long it takes.

    The proper rate for grass cutting [any grass cutting] is £60 ph.

    • Completely agree rates are utter nonsense. It is a concern though that these rates are being suggested, which potential customers may well see. Sadly, I don't think I could get away with charging £60 ph. 

  • Complete boll*cks.

    £20 for an hours mowing & £10 for 100sqm...

    Whoever wrote that hasn't run a lawn mowing business.

    My average lawn mowing earnings between March and November averages out at about £40 to £45 per hour in the South East.

    That includes all types of lawn, all types of size, residential and commericial, travel times, although all planned to keep as close as possible.

    May sound like a lot per hour, but that's gross, once overheads are deducted, and factor in the length of time to build the perfect round, the fact that it is worked in all weathers and the level of fitness required to mow all day everyday, then that is a justifiable rate. In fact, I quite often think, I'm doing this too cheap!

  • Hi, I think we've had a similar discussion on here before about checkatrade etc. Some of the quoted rates I'm sure are published by people who have never done the job. But unfortunately some people will read these and take it as gospel. Although I  couldn't get away with £50-£60 per hour even though we are in a fairly affluent area. 

    • I've managed to get the days I only mow down to tightly packed clusters of either small lawns that take 15 to 30 minutes each at a rate of £20 to £30 each, and large commercial lawns at £50 to £100.
      It takes a long time to get the right customers and you need to be super reliable, same half hour slot, same day, bang on time, and provide a little extra here and there, and give professional correspondence, and they'll not only keep you, but recommend you to the whole street.

      Ohh... and... you need to leave an absolutely perfectly cut lawn, regardless of its condition, and weather, with all of the residential customers.

      • Being reliable doesn’t mean being there on the same day at the same time like clockwork. In fact it often means the exact opposite. Yes, part of reliability means doing the work on regular agreed approximate intervals, never not turning up to do the work. But once per fortnight might mean Tuesday morning this time but Wednesday afternoon next time. It means working around the weather and not mowing in the pouring rain. I would never mow my own grass in the rain.

        Reliability is much more about the quality of the work/service provided and working intelligently with the flexibility to adapt, rather than merely hitting exact timings.

        I have no clients who would ever expect or require me to be there at definite times. Any client who demands you to be there every Thursday at exactly 10-30 needs to be sacked immediately

        • You obviously get a lot more 'pouring rain' than me.

          The majority of my residential customers like to know when I'm coming... none demand it.

          They are professionals, most work in the city and I can guarantee that they now plan their zoom meetings, coffee mornings, or outdoor personal trainers not to coincide with my visits.

          I reckon we probably live in completely different world Vic.... not sure you'd last too long down south! 

          • Everyone works differently but I find regular routines tedious so I tend to have a list of which gardens are due to be done, and make it up as I go along. Certain jobs yes it's courteous to give clients a bit of notice, a phone call or text to ask them if it suits them for me to turn up. Most of mine are either of the elderly type or away a lot of the time but I'm very mindful of fitting in with their lifestyle and causing a minimum of disruption to it. I have once, twice or thrice a year type jobs also which must be slotted into the "non existent" schedule. Like now, lawns need cutting less often and can be left a few extra days which gives me the opportunity to do other work without any loss of quality to the clients' required standard. All my work is local which makes my approach feasible

            • I quite enjoy my regular mowing days, probably now about 50% of my week and always the first 2 or 3 days.  It's the bread and butter work and makes me decent £££. The remainder of the week is freestyle, and gives me the flexibility to shift days should it pour with rain like up north

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