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Monday September 24, 2012


Mr Pest Control


I realize this question may vary due to location and product pricing, but how do you determine a fair price for pest control? I have a request to provide preventive pest control (mainly for roaches) in an apartment building. There are 56 apartments total with 1, 2, & 3 bedroom units. At this point there are no pest infestations. I've heard other companies are charging from $2 per apt up to $35 per apt.

Mr Pest Control


A few things strike me as worth discussing here, and the first would be that reported $2 per unit price that some competitors may be charging at this time. Let's consider that the service industry in the U.S., in general, considers $100 per hour to be a standard charge for their time and services. This is going to vary up and down a bit, but let's use that price for convenience, meaning that the company charging that price has determined that it is necessary for their field technicians to make $100 per hour in order to keep their company running and to make a profit. This determination is not easy, but it must take into account ALL of your fixed costs (vehicles, insurance, rent, salaries, material costs, etc.) You have to find out exactly how much your company has in expense... Read more

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