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 with how to bid 17-25 yards for a Realtor


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
  #1  
Old 05-01-2012, 09:09 PM
Robbins Lawn Care Service Robbins Lawn Care Service is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 4
Robbins Lawn Care Service is on a distinguished road
Default Help with how to bid 17-25 yards for a Realtor

The homes(up to 25) are are all roughly 1/3 acre cut area, the weed eating will vary from home to home but say 15-20 minutes a piece, edging an additional 15-20 the first visit atleast, flower beds will be 15-20 minutes, general upkeep like pruning or trimmimg will vary, they will require that I also do weed control & fertilize.. I have just been doing a few yards a week for extra money right now and have no idea how to bid this kind of work.. If you could please give me a general idea that would help a lot!!

Also there is a possibility that 17-25 number could grow into full time work for me and I would actually love that so should I factor that into the bid?

The homes are in a 20 mile radius, but numerous are very close to each other..

I'm sure there will be several add-on's like mulch, sod, flowers, etc. but i will bid those separate..


Equipment wise I have a Gravely Pro44, weed eaters, trimmers, edgers, blowers, etc..
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


  #2  
Old 05-01-2012, 09:32 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

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by Robbins Lawn Care Service View Post
The homes(up to 25) are are all roughly 1/3 acre cut area, the weed eating will vary from home to home but say 15-20 minutes a piece, edging an additional 15-20 the first visit atleast, flower beds will be 15-20 minutes, general upkeep like pruning or trimmimg will vary, they will require that I also do weed control & fertilize.. I have just been doing a few yards a week for extra money right now and have no idea how to bid this kind of work.. If you could please give me a general idea that would help a lot!!

Also there is a possibility that 17-25 number could grow into full time work for me and I would actually love that so should I factor that into the bid?

The homes are in a 20 mile radius, but numerous are very close to each other..

I'm sure there will be several add-on's like mulch, sod, flowers, etc. but i will bid those separate..


Equipment wise I have a Gravely Pro44, weed eaters, trimmers, edgers, blowers, etc..
What is your hourly rate? How long will each yard take total? I dont drop my gate for under $30 regardless. Give them a deal on yards that are fairly close to eachother as Im sure the Realtor has multiple bids coming in. Mulch: Come up with a profitable rate for each yard you spread ex: I charge $75 per 1 yard spread, should take 1 guy an hr max to spread, factor in your delivery/fuel costs. Fertilizer: Find your sq footage , what will the bag you bought cover? If the yards are let go the first time arriving there, dont be afraid to charge more. Work like beds upkeep / shrub trimming,make yourself a rate. Once the yards are under control, get them on a bi weekly schedule ex: week 1- mow week 2- mow/ bed maintenance week 3- mow week 4- mow /bed maintenance / fert app. With this being said, Im sure youlle have accounts coming and going often, so id suggest coming up with a flat rate for each size yard regardless of what work was done. You will find a ton of help on this site along with multiple calculators that will help with bidding. Some guys will offer suggestions, others will bust your balls for being a newb....but hey atleast your not sitting on your *** collecting unemployment. Best Of Luck Robbins
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-01-2012, 09:39 PM
Robbins Lawn Care Service Robbins Lawn Care Service is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 4
Robbins Lawn Care Service is on a distinguished road
Default

I was expecting some newb comments, but that's perfectly fine since that's what i am .. I have a full time job now & like I said do the few yards on the side.. I have been reading some & honestly its hard to have enough time to scan through all the threds.. I appreciate any and all advice I can get regardless
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-01-2012, 09:50 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

Check your Mail box
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-02-2012, 10:41 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,752
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Also there is a possibility that 17-25 number could grow into full time work for me and I would actually love that so should I factor that into the bid?
When you say that, what do you mean? How would that it potentially becoming fulltime work change the way you bid on it?
__________________
- 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
  #6  
Old 05-02-2012, 04:13 PM
JLM's Avatar
JLM JLM is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Sunshine State
Age: 36
Posts: 102
Rep Power: 3
JLM is on a distinguished road
Default

Find your worth and stick to it. What state are you in?
__________________
If you can't be good..Be good at it!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-02-2012, 06:32 PM
Robbins Lawn Care Service Robbins Lawn Care Service is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 4
Robbins Lawn Care Service is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
When you say that, what do you mean? How would that it potentially becoming fulltime work change the way you bid on it?

Meant like say it was 40-50 properties as an example would you cut them a break I guess is what im asking..
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-02-2012, 06:50 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

Yes I would, atleast on the properties that are next to eachother. 40-50 accounts is a solid steady chunk of work. And you always have to remember that your not the only bid ...there are companies like Brickmann out there that are huge and have nothing but low wage mexicans working for them. Don't spread yourself too thin, if you can't handle the work then don't take it on. I think 17 is a good amount to start with until you get a feel for scheduling / estimating etc. They'll make you register with the state , get your EIN number and require a good bit of insurance coverage
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
Bad Yards andyjoneslawncare General Talk 2 08-18-2009 02:36 AM
that realtor thread krustie Starting a lawn care business. 1 04-09-2009 05:43 PM
Marketing lessons we can learn from a realtor podcast Steve GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Show, Video, Book & Podcast Discussions. 0 11-02-2008 07:30 AM
List of Homes sold from a realtor GeeGood Introduce Yourself 15 02-01-2008 10:03 PM
new member yards Steve Introduce Yourself 2 01-15-2007 10:48 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
this mower is driving me...
boog
04-17-2014 12:07 PM
Today 09:08 AM
by boog
5 133
quickbooks users
CDLAWNCARE
Today 09:03 AM
Today 09:03 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
0 1
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
Today 05:32 AM
by stevef1201
15 408
danny 2
danny2
Yesterday 10:19 PM
Today 05:13 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 57
I Got Taken...,
Dan Tanner
Yesterday 06:26 AM
Yesterday 08:15 PM
by Dan Tanner
3 114
new to this forum!
mower13126
04-18-2014 07:37 PM
Yesterday 05:34 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
3 95
Lawn Renovation
stevef1201
04-11-2014 12:00 PM
Yesterday 03:15 PM
by stevef1201
9 266
employee pay
4 seasons maintenance
04-10-2011 09:34 PM
Yesterday 12:19 PM
by kslawn
19 6,770
REO calling
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 05:03 PM
Yesterday 11:17 AM
by kslawn
11 258
Customers droping like...
goodtimez
04-18-2014 09:53 AM
Yesterday 08:09 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
7 162
Back for this year
xandrew245x
02-21-2014 04:30 PM
Yesterday 07:59 AM
by xandrew245x
14 867
Any greenhouse operators...
GoGreenerKS
04-15-2014 11:21 AM
Yesterday 07:49 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
4 141
Looking for advice on a...
Tekeda1
04-13-2014 09:53 AM
Yesterday 04:22 AM
by Tekeda1
17 386
2.5 acre mowing
xandrew245x
04-18-2014 06:55 AM
04-18-2014 08:57 PM
by xandrew245x
6 120
Best Bulk Mulch delivery...
Steven Virgadamo
04-18-2014 09:52 AM
04-18-2014 05:34 PM
by Steve
2 68
Steve Virgadamo,...
Steven Virgadamo
04-18-2014 09:49 AM
04-18-2014 05:08 PM
by Steve
2 60
Instagram
Gerardo_Landscape
04-16-2014 11:28 AM
04-18-2014 04:51 PM
by Steve
3 100
Help with weed liability!
Prolawnofchatt
04-15-2014 09:10 AM
04-18-2014 04:47 PM
by Steve
5 194
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
04-18-2014 04:41 PM
by Steve
31 1,077
Nationwide lawn care...
Billy Goat
04-15-2014 05:21 PM
04-18-2014 04:39 PM
by Steve
9 217
Truck Signage
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 11:00 PM
04-18-2014 04:04 PM
by stevef1201
10 215
leaf removal
tlf59263
04-15-2014 10:00 PM
04-18-2014 03:59 PM
by stevef1201
6 181
Pay per click advertising
roostertail
02-12-2014 07:26 PM
04-17-2014 07:11 PM
by yardrate
10 610
Accepting credit cards,...
Darksteel
03-17-2014 08:01 PM
04-16-2014 01:02 PM
by jymie
15 729
Trimec
acrajchel
04-15-2014 08:24 PM
04-16-2014 11:10 AM
by Steve
3 110
Gopher Forum Discount!
BlackRain75
04-12-2014 10:44 PM
04-16-2014 10:50 AM
by Steve
9 279
hello
NFrailey
04-15-2014 01:39 PM
04-16-2014 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 98
Pricing a Mulch Job
dmcalpi
04-07-2014 02:16 PM
04-16-2014 09:40 AM
by jymie
21 623
google earth
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 03:24 PM
04-16-2014 09:36 AM
by jymie
8 237
There has to be an...
CDLAWNCARE
04-14-2014 12:59 PM
04-15-2014 04:06 PM
by Dan Tanner
6 177
First Day Back!
BelleCityLawn1
04-09-2014 09:13 PM
04-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
11 314
Mow America
stevegredler
04-13-2014 01:02 PM
04-14-2014 09:53 PM
by kslawn
5 213
Power Broom
acrajchel
04-14-2014 07:46 AM
04-14-2014 12:47 PM
by CDLAWNCARE
2 109
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
04-14-2014 11:34 AM
by Steve
1,176 285,728
Equipment reviews
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 07:17 AM
04-14-2014 11:27 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
13 456
Sulky and Turf Tracer
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:44 PM
04-14-2014 10:51 AM
by Steve
8 365
Aerating Prices?
Dan Tanner
04-08-2014 03:16 PM
04-14-2014 10:31 AM
by Steve
13 456
Estimating help
acrajchel
04-11-2014 06:06 PM
04-14-2014 10:20 AM
by Steve
3 180
Need help bidding church...
GreenRidge Lawn&Landscape
04-07-2014 08:01 PM
04-14-2014 09:49 AM
by Steve
12 433
Hello all
Griff20114
04-12-2014 05:08 PM
04-14-2014 09:46 AM
by Steve
1 122
Step by Step Spring Lawn...
WarriorLawnscaping
04-10-2014 07:01 AM
04-14-2014 09:43 AM
by Steve
5 258
Jeff Cowden
jcowden
04-11-2014 07:27 PM
04-14-2014 09:39 AM
by Steve
1 114
Exmark Commercial 30...
Dan Tanner
04-11-2014 05:35 AM
04-14-2014 09:37 AM
by Steve
4 201
What Was Your Setup When...
superrman77
02-11-2014 10:53 AM
04-14-2014 08:04 AM
by acrajchel
21 1,604
Small guy time to get a...
googus
04-08-2014 08:16 AM
04-13-2014 07:18 PM
by A. Kulak Landscaping
9 336
Weekly vs. Bi-weekly
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 01:48 PM
04-13-2014 06:03 PM
by kslawn
9 347
Weed ID help
TwinBrosLC
04-12-2014 10:39 AM
04-13-2014 07:40 AM
by stevef1201
4 172
Lexington, KY
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:06 PM
04-11-2014 09:49 PM
by acrajchel
1 145
Food Plot Management
BlackRain75
04-11-2014 10:20 AM
04-11-2014 03:51 PM
by Steve
4 144
Estimating a job
acrajchel
04-08-2014 11:07 AM
04-11-2014 03:32 PM
by Steve
6 320
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 article marketing blower butterfly gardens care charge christmas christmas light service client credit card customers echo exmark fall ferris financing flower bed four wheel drive franchise gopherhaul gravely gravely 34" zero turn health holiday holiday decorating how much to charge installation invoice kansas city kawasaki labor cost late lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business show lawn clarksville lawn service clarksville tn lesco lighting brass outdoor lights llp marketing mow mowing mulch new and restored landscapes new buisness new business office management oil podcast promotion redmax savannah scag schedule selling seo snow sole proprietorship starting a business stihl subcontractor theft of services tree care unreasonable walk behind walker winter money making ideas zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:14 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:14 AM.

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