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Yard Clean up Cost Factors

The cost of yard cleanup will increase or decrease based upon a number of factors. This article is intended to provide you with a checklist of questions to ask yourself and your contractor.

This key will serve as your guide:

$0 = no additional cost
$ = standard cost
$$+ = increased cost

Ask Yourself:

How large is my yard? (Companies typically charge by the acre or by square foot for leaf removal.)

$ - When the yard is smaller than ½ acre.

$$ - When the yard is larger than ½ acre.

$$$ - When the yard is several acres.

Is the yard in good condition?

$ - When the yard is good condition and it has been well maintained.

$$ - When the yard is overgrown and it has not been well maintained.

Are there a lot of trees in my yard?

$ - When there are very few trees.

$$ - When there are lots of trees that have dropped lots of leaves.

Do fallen leaves needed to bagged or hauled away?

$ - When leaves are raked to the curb for pick-up, dumped on the property, or put in a compost pile.

$$ - When leaves are bagged.

$$ - When leaves are vacuumed.

$$$ - When leaves are bagged up and hauled away.

Learn more: Mulching Leaves vs. Bagging Leaves

Do garden beds need to be cleared of leaves or weeded?

$0 – When there are no garden beds or the garden beds do not require any attention.

$$ - When leaves, branches, weeds, or other debris need to be removed from garden beds.

Do any trees or shrubs need to be pruned or trimmed?

$0 – When there are no shrubs or the shrubs do not require any maintenance.

$$ - When trees need to be trimmed or shrubs and bushes need to pruned

What type of maintenance does the lawn need?

$0 - When no lawn maintenance is need.

$$ - When the lawn is de-thatched and aerated.

$$ - When the lawn is mowed and edged.

$$ - When the lawn is fertilized or treated with chemicals.

Do I need my gutters cleaned?

$0 – When the gutters are not cleaned.

$$ - When the gutters are cleared of leaves and other debris.

$$ - When gutter screens or guards are installed.

Are there any large obstacles in my yard that might complicate the cleanup process?

$ - When there are no obstacles or some minor obstacles to navigate.

$$ - When there are large obstacles like decks, patios, and sheds that are difficult to work around.

Does any other trash or junk needed to hauled away?

$0 - When there is no additional material to haul away.

$$ - When junk or other trash needs to hauled away.

Ask the Pro:

1. How long do you expect the clean up to take?

2. Do you have any customer references that I could contact?

3. Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?

4. How many crew members will be completing the job?

5. Will leaves be bagged, mulched, or hauled away?

6. Will you rake, blow, or vacuum leaves?

7. How will the leaves be disposed of?

8. What type of equipment will you use to collect the leaves?

9. Is it possible to schedule any maintenance visits or purchase a maintenance lawn care package?

10. How do you charge for services?

11. Do you accept credit cards or checks?

Related: Leaf Cleanup and Removal Costs

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