When out to hire a lawn care service, it is normal to wonder what amount of money if fair to pay. More importantly, what is the average price to pay per hour for these services? Fortunately, many other people struggle with the same. If anything, we receive this question many times when running our landscaping business. We, therefore, take it upon ourselves to help homeowners from different parts of Canada by scheduling and conducting various local lawn care services. We also took the trouble of researching so we could tell what the fair hourly rate pay for lawn care services are and here are our findings.
To begin with, it is tough to know what a fair hourly rate is given that there is no straightforward answer to this question. However, you can start by negotiating with your local lawn care service provider. Ask your service provider whether it is okay to worry about the amount of money that you will be parting with every hour that passes. Also, ask your lawn mowing service providers what they think is a fair hourly rate to pay for their services.
The Bottom Line
We recently took it upon ourselves to conduct a poll of about 10,000 lawn care service providers in a bid to know what the average charges for weekly and fortnightly charges for lawn care services. From their report, we established that over 78% of lawn care service provider charge well over $60 per man per hour. 12% of the companies admitted that they cost $50 per man per hour while the rest 10% claimed that they charged $40 per man per hour.
However, it is important to note that these prices vary depending on several factors, including the country that you reside in. For instance, if you are living in places that have warmer climates such as British Columbia or Ontario, you will have to pay less for the lawn care services as compared to living in regions that have colder climates.
If you are wondering how this is true, think about it. A company offering lawn care services will need to cut grass and take care of your lawn throughout the year. However, in regions where this is not possible, especially during the winter, the companies will have to look for other ways to make ends meet.
Looking at it from another perspective, people living in areas that have warmer climates treat lawn mowing services like a commodity. In fact, in the northern climate, people think lawn mowing services are a luxury. This is the same as having the notion that installing a pool in The Okanagan is cheaper as compared to doing the same in Vancouver.
All these put into the account, the poll conducted by us shows that the average price per minute for lawn care services (grass cutting) by most companies is $1.
In that case, if it takes half an hour to mow your lawn, paying $30 is reasonable going by the average price that the market has provided us with.
Here is another situation that many homeowners have difficulty understanding. If the man you hired to mow your lawn for you has an assistant, do you still pay him using the average market price? According to the feedback given by many lawn care companies and other concerned parties, having a fixed price agreement is a better idea.
This decision can be attributed to the fact that some lawn care service providers take a longer time to mow your grass as compared to others. This means that the companies will have many visits, therefore, causing a price disagreement between the concerned parties.
In that case, when choosing your preferred lawn care service provider, 1 dollar per minute per man is a fair price. However, it is important to note that as each day passes, the price of mowing services keeps on escalating. This can be attributed to the ever-rising labor cost, soaring health care costs and the story is not any different insurance policies. It is therefore understandable that various lawn care service providers are increasing their cost of services. They too have to recover from these costs and make something for the services that they provide.
On the other hand, if you find someone that is willing to cut your grass for $20 per hour, my experience tells me that he will not be around for very long. This means that you may not get the quality services that you expect.