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Day rate increases for garden maintenance 2019?

Hi all, with this year started im thinking of upping my day rate for new customers (existing to go up March) I do price per jobs wherever possible but some jobs (especially when your there all day every week/fortnight) they dont like price per job.

Most jobs are currently charged at between £148 and £180 a day and i want to ask how feasible you all think it would be to charge maybe £195 for a day? Is this too cheeky?..anyone currently doing this or more? My cost of living is quite high where i live and sonetine have to drive around 50mins to all day jobs and do around 18,000 miles a year

Im in the South East. So far last year only a few people acted like they were having a heart attack when i told them £180 a day. Obviously sone didnt go for it kast year but i dint want every customer abd happy to be a one man band.

Also with me supplying my own tools, mower, fuel etc and not taking away rubbish. 8am - 4-30pm and i work quite fast.

Any feedback as to if its about right, too much or too little woukd be greatfukky recived

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  • I would say you need to charge about £31 per hour for small jobs and £25 per hour for larger jobs.

    You need to charge more for smaller jobs because you can spend more time travelling to the jobs than working on them. 

    Most people can only do 4 - 5 small jobs per day, so you need to use a higher rate.

    • PRO

      Thank you Arian what you say makes logical sense...are those prices for maintenance or clearance please? 

  • i would say £30 per hour in the SE but you have to work out your own costs. buying your tools service and repair wages profit clothing fuel for the van and tools running costs that are there if you work or not do not forget holidays without pay the list goes on 

    the 18000 miles you do is about £2 per hour thats witout servicing and brakedowns 

  • Not taking away rubbish?

  • PRO

    Hi Niall,

    When was the last time you raised your price?? That can be a leverage point. Personally I don't think it's too high a hike. However it may be wise to keep in mind the situation with Brexit and the possible fallout from that. I know if it was me I'd be playing safe for this year to see how things pan out. I remember clearly the last financial crisis in Ireland, and the race to the bottom that followed. It's just a personal opinion.

    • PRO

      I last raised my prices early last year so perhaps with some I can up and be more firm in the ones that dont want to pay the amount remove once I have found a replacement. Many thanks 

  • PRO

    Thank you for your responses so far - they are really appreciated and APPOLOGIES for my awful typing - it was cold when i composed it and my fingers were numb but i shouldve checked it before posting! 

  • PRO

    I’d say you were cheap even at your new rate. I’m assuming waste removal is extra. 

  • Are view is that if you give superb service you have to cover your costs and after all that’s why we are in business to make a profit 

    We charge £45 inc vat and although we do get grumbling etc generally no problem and indeed new increased rates are coming 

    • PRO

      Christopher thank you and if i can get to the stage you are at I will be very pleased! What is the majority of your work, clearance or maintenance please?

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