Cost for Aerating Lawn?

Hi,
My lawn is about 12,500 - 13,000 square feet. I had a local company service it for a few years and then took a few years off. I recently decided to have national company Scott's treat it. For the square footage, they said it would be $200 to Aerate and $200 to overseed.
Do those prices sound right? I have no idea on the overseeding, but I seem to recall the local company saying they would charge around $60 or $70 to Aerate. I just want to know what a fair price to aerate a lawn of this size would be and if I am getting ripped off or not.
Thanks! Garrett
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big franchise company charge more, having to pay for scotts name use.
why not call the local company for a free price quote.
I rented a machine one and diod 2 lawns myself it was hard work:(
bucking bronco heavy work
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tterrag smis wrote:

Did you at least get kissed when they gave you this quote. Rent the aerater and do it yourself. Best to do after it rains. Get a spreader and buy the seed to overseed. Take the $200 bucks you will save and mail me half.
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That actually sounds about right. Half of what they charge is probably labor. It cost me 70 bucks to rent an aerator and power rake for 2 hours this spring If you tack on 100 bucks for labor charge (yes I know that sounds impossibly high for a few hours work), it comes out okay.
Personally, I'd do it myself, it wasn't difficult, the only thing I would have saved would have been the 4 hours of raking up all that damned moss I pulled out with the P-rake.
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wrote:

The labor costs can vary greatly. Takes about 10 minutes to overseed my lawn (18,000 sqft) plus $85 worth of high-quality seed (about 50 lbs). The $70 to aerate sounds reasonable. Knowing what to do and when to do it is very important.
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Phisherman wrote:

$70 to aerate 13,000 sq ft? Here in NJ you couldn't even get anyone to come look at the job for that! It costs $50 just to rent one for 4 hours to do it yourself. And $200 to overseed is quite a bargain too, considering the price of any half way decent seed and again just renting a slice seeder is $50 for 4 hours.
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Before doing any aerating I suggest you check with your local county extension office. Lawn aerating like so many lawn services has been greatly over sold. In some situation it is useful, but I would guess that most of the time, it is a total waste of time and money.
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On Mon, 04 Sep 2006 11:24:00 GMT, "Joseph Meehan"

This is true. It makes no sense to aerate soil that is not compacted. Earthworms aerate naturally. However, how a lawn is used can make a big difference. Playing volleyball everyday or driving over the lawn will compact the soil. If your soil is < 6.5 pH, adding inexpensive lime will help loosen the soil.
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