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 > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job
If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.

Help Pricing A Job


Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 04-26-2012, 10:31 PM
JustCallMeJImmy JustCallMeJImmy is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 4
JustCallMeJImmy is on a distinguished road
Default

With only taking on jobs for neighbors and friends, also being new to all of this I have always just said pay me what you think is fair. Also before this the jobs have usually been straight forward ie. fall cleanup, retaining walls, gutters, and mostly 1 job at a time. This was my first Job with multiple tasks, that use different skill sets. Also my neighbor (the customer) asked to hire me, right before she was going away. So I diagrammed out the job on paper, and she approved. I did not consider until the second day, that if i charge my usual this was gonna cost allot. (not making this mistake again)

I am positive she knows it was allot of work, but i was still apprehensive when figuring out how much to charge. That is when I found you website, and was like wow. So i thought couldn't hurt to ask. I will find out tomorrow ,how it will turn out. I decided to just break down all the jobs, show hours worked on each and just multiply that by 20$ hour. 31.5 hours rounded down to $600. Then if she was not expecting that much, explain and reduce price if needed. I will not be doing it this way again, I was just hoping you guys could let me know if i was to low, to high or in the ballpark of what normally would be charged.
I do appreciate the responses, and really appreciate this website! I have allot of reading to do

Last edited by JustCallMeJImmy; 04-26-2012 at 10:33 PM.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #12  
Old 04-26-2012, 10:43 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
as a friend $600 is fair, as a business $1200 is.

I'm going off your hours worked and not how long it would take me. I mightve been able to do it in 15, so $600 would work for that. At the sametime I take your word for it. If you say it took that long it was a hell of a job to undertake.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 04-26-2012, 10:58 PM
Apex Lawn & Landscape Apex Lawn & Landscape is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Pittsburgh suburbs
Posts: 384
Rep Power: 0
Apex Lawn & Landscape is on a distinguished road
Default

I agree with SECT. Thats why I mentioned getting a set price before work is started.....only because " Is he gonna do the work as a friend?" "Is he charging me full price? " friends and family are always the ones lookin for free handouts and deals, youlle never get ahead until you distinguish what you are....friend helping friends....or this is a business? Best of luck
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 04-27-2012, 09:22 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,807
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I mightve been able to do it in 15
What do you feel might have been a more realistic hour number for you?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 04-28-2012, 04:38 AM
JustCallMeJImmy JustCallMeJImmy is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 4
JustCallMeJImmy is on a distinguished road
Default

With the right tools ie. Chainsaw, or a digger, the tree and shrub I could have done in considerably less time. Also I could of had her get the gas lines marked, there may have been no worry at all about cutting or bending a line. I cannot see anyway the mulch and dirt could have been quicker. They were delivered in bags (https://bigyellowbag.com/), and placed at front of her driveway. Distance to backyard beds was roughly 135 feet, with a pool to navigate all around. There was also no way to just dump them into 4 of the 5 beds, as there were retaining walls and flowers all along the front. Using a blower was out of the question for the beds as dirt and old mulch would have ended up all over her lawn and pool cover. I will try to take pictures tomorrow morning.
I talked to here today, and she was really impressed by the job, and was not phased by how long it took ( she said she new it would take along time)
Hopefully she feels same way about price, when I go over this morning
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 04-28-2012, 10:53 AM
JustCallMeJImmy JustCallMeJImmy is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 4
JustCallMeJImmy is on a distinguished road
Default

Success! The customer loved the job I did, and had no problem with the charge. I also got a case of Canadian, so I am all smiles.

TY very much all! and to you Steve for this website. I am gonna really enjoy reading all the posts and leaning from everyone on your forum!
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 04-28-2012, 12:18 PM
JLM's Avatar
JLM JLM is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Sunshine State
Age: 38
Posts: 102
Rep Power: 4
JLM is on a distinguished road
Default

Buddy It has taken you an awfull long time to do that job, To long to be profitable. I would have bid that same job here in Fl for around 450.00 and been done in a day. My advice to you is take on smaller jobs till you learn the ropes. Just charge your customer 100.00 per day and I think you will be fine, Also get a buddy to help you on jobs of that size and pay him fair... its funny how a helping hand makes you more money. TIME IS MONEY!!
Most of us learn as we go....Keep your head up
__________________
If you can't be good..Be good at it!
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 04-28-2012, 12:34 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
What do you feel might have been a more realistic hour number for you?
Cant really say without seeing the job but first I wouldve brought a helper. Once fatigue sets in, efficiency drops. When your more experienced you can do things faster. The right tools always helps too.

With removing shrubs, you can dig a little around the base then put a comealong on it and rip it out of the ground. You could also use a tow chain and back it out with a truck. I did this with tree stumps. Another option is a sawzall on the roots.

They delivered bag mulch? That explains the cost. Never buy bag mulch/soil unless you only need 2-3 bags. The mulch being bagged shouldve increased productivity since you dont have to shovel.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pricing!!!! rom818 Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 23 01-14-2010 02:36 PM
Help with Pricing a Job bpet75 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 3 11-06-2009 09:03 AM
lot pricing help gogreenlc General Talk 3 08-31-2009 02:43 AM
Job Pricing bcnj Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 2 06-12-2007 08:18 PM
need help pricing a job vicman Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 5 05-12-2007 12:33 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Lawn Care Book Ranked #1
Steve
Today 12:36 AM
Today 12:36 AM
by Steve
0 17
hello all
romanlandscape
01-29-2016 03:46 PM
Today 12:27 AM
by Steve
5 121
back surgery
Bradcook21
01-28-2016 08:51 PM
Today 12:25 AM
by Steve
10 204
Hi
Sellers Lawn Care
02-02-2016 01:48 PM
Yesterday 08:03 AM
by Sellers Lawn Care
4 94
Collecting payments from...
Niagara Mowing
02-03-2016 05:21 PM
Yesterday 08:00 AM
by Niagara Mowing
7 142
SMS assist? The good,...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:24 PM
02-04-2016 11:53 PM
by Steve
5 175
I need some help...
Anise
02-04-2016 01:39 PM
02-04-2016 11:51 PM
by Steve
3 70
Customers dodging the...
Rocky
11-06-2015 06:22 AM
02-04-2016 03:41 AM
by C&DPropertyManagement
7 1,427
Offering a "Trial"...
wybut076
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
02-03-2016 08:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
7 172
Iowa Caucus Predictions?
Steve
02-01-2016 06:31 PM
02-03-2016 12:40 AM
by Steve
1 54
Laying White River Rock
DiamondLawnCare
02-01-2016 08:27 PM
02-03-2016 12:17 AM
by Steve
1 66
Networking for a...
jcurr33
01-30-2016 09:26 PM
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
by Steve
4 139
Customer giving a 1099?
apmAkron
01-27-2016 07:22 PM
01-31-2016 08:55 PM
by Chilehead
6 195
happy to be here
redrobin
01-29-2016 10:45 AM
01-31-2016 08:44 PM
by Steve
1 89
Thought's on an "E-Z...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:48 PM
01-31-2016 08:38 PM
by Steve
4 166
Changes
Knaubone
01-30-2016 10:56 PM
01-31-2016 08:31 PM
by Steve
1 80
Thoughts on this Exmark...
googus
01-28-2016 04:24 PM
01-28-2016 08:09 PM
by Chilehead
1 107
1st year in
jcurr33
10-18-2015 05:07 PM
01-28-2016 07:49 PM
by Chilehead
6 4,085
Need opinion on zero...
Mr. Mow
01-24-2016 05:42 PM
01-28-2016 07:41 PM
by Chilehead
10 295
Opinion on liquid vs...
Bradcook21
01-25-2016 02:03 PM
01-28-2016 07:38 PM
by Chilehead
9 251
Finding property size
Gageslawncare
01-25-2016 11:08 AM
01-28-2016 12:05 PM
by Gageslawncare
10 251
Tiger TG 2661 Commercial...
lawnman1959
01-25-2016 08:12 PM
01-27-2016 07:57 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 190
Spouse as a dependent?
Steve
01-26-2016 01:51 AM
01-27-2016 10:44 AM
by Chilehead
3 162
Hello All
C&DPropertyManagement
01-23-2016 12:21 PM
01-26-2016 01:24 AM
by Steve
1 142
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 04:04 PM
01-23-2016 03:43 PM
by C&DPropertyManagement
17 7,610
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 08:43 PM
01-19-2016 07:00 PM
by Steve
12 561
State of the nation 2016.
Steve
01-12-2016 12:05 AM
01-19-2016 06:57 PM
by Steve
6 331
little help? first big...
Brian3137
12-31-2015 12:39 PM
01-19-2016 06:54 PM
by Steve
23 1,005
Hi everybody...
Greg_TopYardServices
01-14-2016 08:10 AM
01-19-2016 02:47 PM
by SC93
12 403
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 12:54 PM
01-17-2016 08:48 PM
by Homeland unlimited
25 7,863
Plow controller problems
scaypa
01-12-2016 05:49 PM
01-16-2016 10:46 AM
by scaypa
4 252
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
01-15-2016 07:23 PM
by tannerduncan
1,244 427,828
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 07:15 AM
01-15-2016 11:20 AM
by djlandscaping06
23 5,347
New College Course
Dr. D
01-14-2016 01:45 PM
01-14-2016 05:35 PM
by Steve
1 178
Yelp
Shark1611
01-13-2016 10:00 AM
01-14-2016 05:32 PM
by Steve
4 237
New to the forum from...
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:23 PM
01-14-2016 08:34 AM
by Doug Green
2 212
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 08:49 AM
01-13-2016 10:20 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 860
Choosing local business
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:29 PM
01-13-2016 06:12 PM
by Steve
2 372
4 Seasons Landscaping LLC
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:56 PM
01-12-2016 12:59 PM
by Doug Green
1 235
2016 business goals
OxfordOS
01-09-2016 04:19 PM
01-12-2016 08:36 AM
by mowandblow1980
15 514
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
01-08-2016 09:30 PM
by jeramicox76
10 2,738
Amazon services
thom
12-22-2015 08:40 AM
01-07-2016 11:53 AM
by Steve
17 822
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:43 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:43 AM.

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