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Some interesting points made.I hope everybody is having a good season the weather has been kind to us this year thankfully.
Geoff Norfolk said:
I know what you are saying Geoff but the same applies to gardeners right? Anyone can spot a weed from a plant!
We do come across this mentally when quoting every now and again. However whilst I agree grass cutting is not rocket science it does take a bit of skill and common sense not to mention the capital investment. It is not as if all we need is a rake and a spade :-)
The average going rate for domestic cutting is from £1 per minute to £1.50. This includes strimming and tidying up. Other considerations such as is the waste taken away or left in the clients compost bin. Are there a flight of steps to get the mower up, is it a regular cut or one off etc.
Saying that most non professional grass cutters and this also includes the potential client take far too long to cut the lawn and more often or not have the wrong equipment. They do not take into consideration the grass species, weather and growing conditions and 100 other factors. All they want is it cut (or more likely scalped).
As an example I recently took on a new client, him and his wife use to spend about 1.5 hours cutting their lawn each week. That is 45 hours a year not to mention the upkeep of the mower and the time taken to travel to the local tip with their waste. We can do this in just under 30 minutes per visit, take the waste away and more importantly the lawn is mowed correctly and has already improved beyond their expectations.
I see far too many lawns that have been ruined by cutting incorrectly or the wrong treatment applied.
And if you think it is only cutting a lawn, try knowing all the grass species, the different type of weeds and diseases there are.
A professionally mowed and treated lawn is an investment to most gardens and for the cost of what most people spend having a Starbucks coffee on their way to work every morning I think you will find we offer excellent value for the service.
Similar to the old M&S adverts, It is not just grass cutting………….
And to answer James question, I think your prices are about right.
£60 an hour? Where do you work? I can't see any of our clients paying that unless it's estate work.
doesn't say £60 per hour but that charge per minute basis is achievable - down to marketplace and clients & everyones different. that business model is similar to window cleaning , hair cutting etc. different business approach - different machinery - different markets and different skills