Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum

» Welcome to the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum
GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum

GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum (http://www.gopherforum.com/forum-index.php)
-   Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job (http://www.gopherforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=38)
-   -   Price on mowing job (http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=18301)

xandrew245x 03-17-2013 06:24 PM

Price on mowing job
 
Hey guys, I haven't been on for a long time, been really busy with everything else.

Someone stopped by the other day and asked if I could mow a lawn this year, he did it for his neighbor and wants out of it now, so he was helping the old lady find someone to do it.

I know the property, driven by it a million times, it is a little over a half acre of mow able area, its has a lot of obstacles to mow and trim around and some banks to push mow. On top of it she wants it bagged. This job is similar to one I did last year and charged $40 for and took me close to an hour to complete. I gave her an estimate of $40-50 a week, she immediately said that was to much and couldn't afford it, she would call me back and let me know, i highly doubt i am going to be doing it.

I figured with the extra trimming and push mowing plus bagging it was going to cost at least $40.

Do you think I over bid the price, or was i right on?

SNethercutt 03-17-2013 08:02 PM

Well, I would pass that up. No way. $40 to drive to the job, have to stop and bag every so often, push mow, trim and blow..... haul off and spend time unloading bags... 40 is a little low to me. But my prices have been in question here. Have you tried explaining to her the benefits of not bagging?

xandrew245x 03-17-2013 08:46 PM

I haven't talked to her since that day, she asked if I bagged, so I am assuming she wants it bagged. Her place is less than a mile from mine so its not a far drive.

willshome 03-17-2013 09:36 PM

1/2 acre bagged for $40 that is cheap, very cheap
The neighbor is getting out of doing it because it's a lot of work
I would give price with and without bagging

tk4454 03-17-2013 10:48 PM

i have an elderly lady whose lawn i mow for 35 and she seems to think i overcharge her, i think old timers just think 40 bucks is alot of money, but obviously they havent shopped around. On that job i kind of do it as a good deed, takes an hour between 2 people i pay a guy 10, and i make 25 so its not to much to complain about.

wat5150 03-18-2013 05:26 AM

You def didnt over bid. $40 sounds cheap to me. Pass on it.

xandrew245x 03-18-2013 06:36 AM

I told her $40-50, i explained to her it will depend on how long it takes me because its really hard for me to estimate with all the obstacles in the yard, but I was thinking more towards the $50 range.

I know if she calls another company their price is probably going to be higher, i am the closest company to her. The only thing that could happen is she either finds some young kid to do it for a couple bucks, or a relative.

I don't really mind for doing it cheaper since she is elderly, but I can't go to low.

I was kinda surprised, i have had quite a few people I don't know asking about my lawn care business, not asking for service but they knew about it. I guess word of mouth is the best advertisement, because I have done very little advertisement.

I am interested in maybe doing a few yards this year so I have considered putting an add in the local newspaper.

willshome 03-18-2013 08:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xandrew245x (Post 123601)
I told her $40-50, i explained to her it will depend on how long it takes me because its really hard for me to estimate with all the obstacles in the yard, but I was thinking more towards the $50 range.

I would be careful bidding mowing with a 25% price range. It's one thing with jobs that you have to start to see if there is something hiding under something. Walk the lawn and really think about how much work it will be, what mower you will use where.....
Quote:

Originally Posted by xandrew245x (Post 123601)
The only thing that could happen is she either finds some young kid to do it for a couple bucks, or a relative.

you will never make a living trying to match their prices. You will not get every job and you don't need every job

ratchetmaster2 03-18-2013 09:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by willshome (Post 123607)
I would be careful bidding mowing with a 25% price range. It's one thing with jobs that you have to start to see if there is something hiding under something. Walk the lawn and really think about how much work it will be, what mower you will use where.....

I agree. This is a very hard skill to master. But you must become good at it to be successful.

I agree with the other posters here. $40, even $50 is an very low price for maintaining 1/2 acre.
I typically charge $35-$50 for managing 1/4 acre houses. I will admit, I live in a more wealthy area, but it's still work.

Sometimes I don't mind dropping my price a bit for a yard. If it's a person who might need the price break. It gives me an opportunity to practice my skills. Helps me get better at trimming, using my edger, and it's fun to see how well you can stripe the lawn.
Sometimes my schedule needs filler.

How about you do this: tell her you'll do it for $45 if she gives you 2 referrals. I'm sure she knows a lot of neighbors and bingo friends

grass guru 03-18-2013 09:46 AM

$40 seems low to me. If you bag it, you can figure double the labor for taking the time to bag it, load the clippings in a truck/trailer, or a bag if you do it that way, then you have the cost of the bags, or the fact that you have to unload it if on truck/trailer, and pay disposal fee if you dont have free dump site.
I would explain the benefits of mulching, and if you bag it, it just goes into a "landfill". Give her 2 prices, one inflated w/bagging, and the other being your normal rate for just mowing. Unless her lawn is ridiculously thick, anda fast grower, there is no need to bag. Im wondering if she wants it bagged because the last guy didnt do it regularly, and it wohld get too overgrown, and need to be bagged.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:40 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
John Deere 667a
acrajchel
08-30-2015 10:00 AM
Today 11:06 AM
by Steve
4 85
Your 2015 summer review.
Steve
Today 11:01 AM
Today 11:01 AM
by Steve
0 14
Dane Scag
Steve
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
0 75
24 and 50 acre cemetery...
grassmasterswilson
08-18-2015 10:09 AM
08-26-2015 02:42 PM
by Steve
13 545
Rookie business question...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-05-2015 05:20 PM
08-26-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 403
How to clean an old...
rmccutchan
08-16-2015 05:23 PM
08-26-2015 02:31 PM
by Steve
9 416
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
08-26-2015 12:25 PM
by kslawn
19 3,750
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-25-2015 11:31 AM
by acrajchel
9 2,479
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
07-30-2015 03:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:23 AM
by acrajchel
17 992
ZTR Review
Shark1611
05-31-2012 10:42 PM
08-25-2015 11:16 AM
by acrajchel
8 3,763
Hi Everyone
mmays29
08-25-2015 08:16 AM
08-25-2015 11:15 AM
by Steve
3 123
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
08-25-2015 11:08 AM
by acrajchel
11 1,195
Old Business New Owner
Toyman
06-17-2014 08:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:00 AM
by acrajchel
17 1,580
Hi everyone! We're new...
alltrades
08-22-2015 12:46 PM
08-24-2015 10:41 AM
by Steve
2 170
CAn I get some help with...
rootytalbot
08-11-2015 06:14 PM
08-24-2015 10:36 AM
by Steve
12 516
Hi
Wemowjunction
08-16-2015 08:45 PM
08-20-2015 01:46 PM
by Steve
11 411
Drive cable bad?
SGL1
08-10-2015 11:16 PM
08-20-2015 01:41 PM
by Steve
5 373
Hey there everyone
Cole8999
08-16-2015 04:42 PM
08-18-2015 04:35 PM
by Steve
3 253
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
08-18-2015 11:47 AM
by rmccutchan
7 972
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
08-18-2015 07:59 AM
by rootytalbot
7 393
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-17-2015 04:34 PM
by Steve
1,229 406,120
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
08-16-2015 11:42 PM
by rmccutchan
3 596
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
08-16-2015 11:09 PM
by SC93
16 1,248
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
08-14-2015 11:08 PM
by scaypa
95 11,477
New Biz
kufnerins
08-14-2015 05:52 PM
08-14-2015 08:56 PM
by Steve
1 213
Chemical and Fertilizer...
rmccutchan
08-09-2015 10:36 PM
08-13-2015 11:11 PM
by rmccutchan
6 411
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
08-13-2015 02:10 PM
by rootytalbot
12 2,079
Hello all thinking about...
bernie
08-11-2015 04:28 PM
08-13-2015 10:33 AM
by Steve
8 374
Logo Help Font Color
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:26 PM
08-12-2015 03:50 PM
by Steve
4 352
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
08-12-2015 12:30 AM
by Jeff1
20 1,814
My new mower
Chilehead
08-08-2015 09:09 PM
08-11-2015 08:36 PM
by Chilehead
9 521
Thought this was a good...
Just for Cuts
08-06-2015 03:38 PM
08-11-2015 10:54 AM
by Steve
8 517
Plowing pricing
jcurr33
08-08-2015 04:58 PM
08-11-2015 10:51 AM
by Steve
6 477
Should I upgrade my back...
googus
08-07-2015 10:50 AM
08-11-2015 10:44 AM
by googus
7 442
Keeping it clean....
Wolf4dk
08-09-2015 11:31 PM
08-11-2015 06:34 AM
by Chilehead
7 369
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
08-10-2015 09:41 PM
by stallman419
12 2,759
Newbie Saying Hi.
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:22 PM
08-10-2015 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 260
How much do I charge to...
Chris Herrera
08-06-2015 09:30 PM
08-09-2015 11:31 AM
by biglee
2 401
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
08-07-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
17 1,145
Best commercial contract...
sanlanct
08-04-2015 12:18 PM
08-06-2015 06:20 AM
by sanlanct
2 395
I came across this on a...
rootytalbot
08-02-2015 11:04 AM
08-05-2015 08:17 PM
by SC93
9 633
Help bidding a hedge...
hopolb33
08-02-2015 06:09 PM
08-05-2015 02:07 PM
by Steve
3 434
recycler toro 22"
rvezakis
08-03-2015 12:10 PM
08-04-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 316
Read more about these lawn care business marketing categories.
General Business:
GopherHaul, Podcast
How to Estimate - Services To Offer:
Aeration, Apartment / Condo, bed edging, Color Change Plantings, Dethatching, Edging, Fall Leaf Cleanups, Foreclosed Homes, Gutter Cleaning, Hardscaping, Hedge Trimming, Home Safety Inspection, Irrigation, Landscape Project, Lawn Mower Repair, Mowing, Mulch Jobs, Outdoor decoration, Parking Lot Cleanups, Pet Waste Removal, Pressure Washing, Property Management, Snow plowing, Stump Grinding, Tree Removal
How to Estimate Jobs:
Lawn Care Business:
Barter, Bikini Lawn Care, Business Failure, Business loan, Business Plan, Debt, Debt Collection, Estimate or Proposal Form, Franchise, Fuel surcharge, How to sell, Insurance, Job Tracking, Lawn Care Contract, Lawn Care Customer Survey, Lawn Care Uniform, Lawn Care Videos, Operational Costs, Overhead Costs, Prepay, Pricing, Start up, Tiger Time Lawn Care,
Lawn Care Business Books:
Lawn Care Customers:
Buying customers, Commercial Customers, Customer Retention, How to get, Residential Customers
Lawn Care Employees:
1 Man Lawn Crew, Bonus Pay, training, Your First Employee
lawn care equipment:
bed edger, Lawn Care Truck, Leaf Sweeper, Mower, New Arrival, Trailer, UltraVac
Lawn Care Marketing:
Billboard, Brochure, Business Card, Community Projects To Promote Your Business, Coupons, Cross Promotion / Synergy, Direct Mail, Door hanger, door to door, Free Giveaway Contest, Free Lawn Care Flyer Template, Gift or Discount Cards, home show, Internet, Lawn Care Business Sales Letter, Lawn Care Logo, Lawn Care Marketing, Lawn Care Truck & Trailer Signs, Lawn Care Website, Lawn Signs, Magazine Ad, Magnets, Mailing list, Marketing on Craigslist.com, Newspaper Ads, Parade, Postcards, publicity stunt, Referrals, Review My Lawn Care Marketing Material, t-shirt, Welcoming Kit, Word Of Mouth
Seasonal Promotion Ideas:
4th of July, Armed Forces Day, Christmas, Election Day, Fall, Halloween, Memorial Day, Spring, Summer, Valentine's Day, Veteran's Day, Winter:
Software:
Estimation Software, Landscaper Software, Landscaping Business Software, Landscaping Estimate Software, Landscaping Software, Lawn Care Business Software, Lawn Care Estimating Software, Lawn Care Software, Mowing Software
Uncategorized:
Video:
Website:
Search Engine Optimization
» Lawn Care Business Discussion Categories
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:40 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:40 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy