Despite the fact that the title of this article says “making sense of commercial mowing rates,” the ugly truth of the matter is this: there is no making sense of them.
Perhaps we should explain that statement in a bit more detail. We are Keith’s Tractor Mowing, serving the Fort Worth area with quality acreage mowing and other commercial mowing services over one acre in size. Call us for a quote on your job if you live within a 75-mile radius of Fort Worth.
Now, let’s try to un-muddy the waters regarding commercial mowing rates.
There is no industry standard
The first thing to understand about commercial mowing rates is that there is no national standard for the industry. There is no governing board overseeing pricing and fair job practices. There is no qualifying test one must take in order to declare oneself a professional commercial mowers. You simply need a business license and a mower to start out, and whatever you charge for your services is all right by most, if not all, cities, towns, and counties.
Varies from city to city and from company to company
Each commercial mowing company will use some formula to determine the cost of a particular mowing job. Some will use a dollar per thousand feet formula; some will use a dollar per acre formula; some will charge by the individual jobs performed i.e. mowing, brush hogging, hauling away debris, etc.
In other words, you could ask for a quote from five different companies and receive five very different quotes which, admittedly, is maddening for customers. What is a fair price? How can a customer possibly know what a fair price is for a job?
The market tends to add clarity regarding price. Established, well-respected companies usually reach that lofty status by providing a good job at a fair price. A customer would do well to ask around. A customer would do well to gather up several estimates. A customer would do well not to make a decision based on price alone, because there is going to be a wide-range in pricing, and price really indicates very little regarding quality of the job done.
A rough estimate depends upon . . .
It depends upon many factors. What equipment is needed for a particular job? How far must the company travel to the job site? The size of the job? The risk factor?
And yet, people always want a dollar figure. A rough estimate for lot mowing, no obstructions, no other complications, is about $75 per hour. To that you would add on other tasks performed.
A word about Keith’s Tractor Mowing
Keith’s Tractor Mowing takes the guesswork out of commercial mowing rates. We will come out to a job, walk the property, ask specific questions of the property owner, and give a detailed explanation of our job quote. Keep in mind, for your peace of mind, that Keith’s Tractor Mowing also carries a $1,000,000 in general liability insurance, so you can work with Keith’s and know your possessions are safe from the dangers of tractor mowing.
Call us for an estimate!