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.

Quoting for Fall Cleanup


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 10-10-2012, 05:00 PM
tx_limo tx_limo is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Spring, TX (just outside of Houston)
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 3
tx_limo is on a distinguished road
Default Quoting for Fall Cleanup

I've just started my lawncare business this year and as the year has progressed, I've had a few folks change their frequency from weekly mowing to every 2 weeks. I realize that eventually, all the mowing business will stop for the year (until spring 2013).

Knowing all this, I've also come to the realization that I need to start offering lawn cleanup (raking leaves, etc) to my current customers and also start posting ads for it. My question to everyone is what is a good basis to quote someone to rake their leaves? It doesn't seem right to charge just $25 to rake the leaves when that is what you charge them to mow their yard. In my eyes it should be more but how much more? Any help you can be is greatly appreciated!!

Keith
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 10-10-2012, 06:03 PM
usmc3391 usmc3391 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 73
Rep Power: 3
usmc3391 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
This will be my first year of doing fall clean ups as well but from what i have been reading on here I am going to estimate how long it will take and ad my hourly rate to that. So if i think it will take 4 hours to do ill charge 200. In my area the leaves are beginning to fall so i practiced on my yard the way i would if it were a customer so now I have a good idea of how long it will take. I also took into account if the leaves have been there for more than one season which makes them much harder to blow/rake up. hope this helps.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-10-2012, 07:26 PM
LawnBoy0311 LawnBoy0311 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Coast
Posts: 1,169
Rep Power: 0
LawnBoy0311 is on a distinguished road
Default

It's hard to get you a definate price, since every area in the US is different. Or for Cheese up there in Canada. Anyway, the best to do is see how long it will take you and apply that to your man hours. Some go off $40, $50,$60 an hour...the only person who knows your rate is you. So figure out how long it will take you a multiply it by your man hours.

A GREAT money maker for me is aeration/dethatching/seeding. I've done quite a few so far, and although the work destroys my knees and back, the payoff is awesome. Maybe its something to look into?

USMC- when did you get out? What was your MOS?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-10-2012, 07:32 PM
usmc3391 usmc3391 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 73
Rep Power: 3
usmc3391 is on a distinguished road
Default

i was 0621 field radio for an artillery battery my end of contract was in july. i assume you were a grunt judging by your user name?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-10-2012, 07:36 PM
LawnBoy0311 LawnBoy0311 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Coast
Posts: 1,169
Rep Power: 0
LawnBoy0311 is on a distinguished road
Default

Congrats on the EAS!!!! Ya I was an 03 "Dumb Dumb". 2003-2007 with 2nd BN 8th Mar. Fun times, but never again! This lawn mowing stuff is much easier, and I don't get shot at!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-10-2012, 07:37 PM
phouse65 phouse65 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Canton, OHIO
Posts: 35
Rep Power: 4
phouse65 is on a distinguished road
Default

I have made the mistake in the past by not charging enough. I look at a job and try to figure out how long it will take, then I always add an hour for safe measure. I base my leaf removal on time and how many trips it will take me to dump the leaves. I go by $75 an hour an that includes my drive time to the dump. How are you going to do your leaves? What equipment do you have for this job?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-10-2012, 09:28 PM
usmc3391 usmc3391 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 73
Rep Power: 3
usmc3391 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LawnBoy0311 View Post
Congrats on the EAS!!!! Ya I was an 03 "Dumb Dumb". 2003-2007 with 2nd BN 8th Mar. Fun times, but never again! This lawn mowing stuff is much easier, and I don't get shot at!
Thanks...and very true although ive mowed in some shady areas and was thinking about putting on my flak and kevlar!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-10-2012, 09:52 PM
willshome willshome is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Mass
Posts: 865
Rep Power: 0
willshome is on a distinguished road
Default

I bill based on $25 an hour using home owners tools (22" mower, hand blower, rake &, bagging the leafs) and adding $45 for removel
The better tools I have the faster I make money
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-10-2012, 10:59 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

We do $200 minimums. I use to not have a minimum but even the smallest yard will take close to 4 hours. This is in the northeast where leaves are plenty.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-11-2012, 07:56 AM
ringahding1's Avatar
ringahding1 ringahding1 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Stillwater, MN
Posts: 315
Rep Power: 5
ringahding1 is on a distinguished road
Default

An easy way to figure out pricing for leaf clean ups is to simply multiply the cost per cut by 4. This has covered all of our man hours, dumping, etc.

Depending on the property leaf situation, sometimes we have to multiply by 2 or 3. At the very least multiply by 2.



Other factors in pricing:
  • Dumping on site(wooded area)..Do not fool yourself and think just because you are able to dump on site, that the job is not as big as other jobs. Of course these are the ideal jobs...but some of these take just as long as HAULING off site accounts.
  • Per Cubic Yard ~ Hauling would also need to be factored. Having a set $$$ amount per cubic yard will help you determine an accurate price. In other words how many yards of leaves and grass do you think you are taking away? Depending on where you take compost will help your estimate.
  • Equipment ~ Someone else mentioned. This needs to be factored to justify any formula.

EXAMPLE
Base rate for compost is $15/per cubic yard. Estimate for Mowing @ $35...Total $140
Everything written above must be taken into consideration. Although if you feel that the job is bigger than your equipment or this estimate it probably is, so adding a yard or two in your estimate would not be out of the question.

Final Thoughts

Some LCC's (usually big ones) have an hourly rate...anywhere from $50 to $85 per man hour, this will all depend once again on your equipment.
The only real problem you will have with my formula is actually teaching employees what a CUBIC yard actually looks like. But if you know your prices, this will be second nature and you can just factor cubic yards in your estimate.
__________________
08 F250 Ext Cab/04 Chevy 3500
05 F350/04 F350 Diesel/12 Ram 4500 Dump
4 -60 Toro Zmaster/Lesco 48
3 -8'2" Boss V-Plows
1- Hiniker 9'6" V-Plow
20' Enclosed trailer
18' Skid & 16' Open Trailer
2012 - S185 Bobcat


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
Fall cleanup GrassBlaster Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 1 07-03-2012 04:10 PM
Pictures of Fall Cleanup CHEESE2009 Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 19 02-26-2012 06:06 AM
Fall leaf cleanup. amcclain Starting a lawn care business. 5 10-18-2011 01:14 PM
What doe everybody include in their FALL CLEANUP SERVICES MICHPLOWER Starting a lawn care business. 1 08-21-2010 03:09 PM
You must look at these fall cleanup signs! Steve Truck & Trailer Sign Design, silk screened apparel & uniform discussion 2 10-26-2007 06:28 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Just Quit?
ringahding1
Yesterday 06:23 AM
Today 08:50 AM
by rmccutchan
9 183
Landscapers from hell!!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 03:55 PM
Today 08:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
4 124
French gardener owner's...
didgreen
Yesterday 09:10 AM
Today 02:25 AM
by didgreen
3 90
Thanks for all the posts
WheatGrass
Yesterday 06:38 AM
Today 01:29 AM
by WheatGrass
2 88
hows it going.
uppercut
Yesterday 05:01 AM
Yesterday 11:16 PM
by uppercut
3 92
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
Yesterday 11:11 PM
by uppercut
2 78
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
Yesterday 10:26 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
15 858
adding something new...
veteranslawncaresystems
01-28-2015 12:13 AM
Yesterday 09:15 PM
by veteranslawncaresystems
6 201
Crunch time 2015!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 08:57 PM
Yesterday 07:51 PM
by Chilehead
2 91
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
Yesterday 07:46 PM
by Chilehead
11 902
Lost my @#$ blower
stevef1201
01-11-2015 08:31 AM
Yesterday 04:47 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 478
whats this briggs?
uppercut
Yesterday 12:40 AM
Yesterday 02:49 PM
by Steve
1 65
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
Yesterday 02:36 PM
by Hard-Body lawn & garden
1,202 363,964
Lawn Mowing -...
ringahding1
Yesterday 07:05 AM
Yesterday 07:05 AM
by ringahding1
0 42
TaskEasy & Plowz & Mowz...
jrwalker333
01-25-2015 01:02 PM
01-29-2015 08:14 PM
by lxarth
8 282
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 09:13 AM
01-29-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
6 252
Looking for advice on...
berryjam
01-21-2015 07:37 PM
01-29-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
15 499
New to the forum
LCRobert
01-26-2015 10:21 PM
01-29-2015 09:11 AM
by ringahding1
7 232
What happened to Better...
Steve
01-27-2014 04:07 PM
01-28-2015 12:26 PM
by Steve
21 3,216
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
01-28-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
44 16,112
Bidding to get other work
Rodriguez11
07-21-2011 11:52 PM
01-28-2015 12:08 PM
by Steve
29 9,484
How many contracts...
5StarLawnscaping
01-12-2015 03:51 PM
01-28-2015 11:04 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 627
"Part Timers", "Low...
doug1980
06-10-2009 12:55 PM
01-27-2015 09:01 PM
by jrs.landscaping
43 10,390
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 12:30 PM
01-27-2015 07:24 PM
by avetslawncare
4 165
New to group
ron@alpine
01-27-2015 08:45 AM
01-27-2015 01:29 PM
by Steve
1 135
please Help with none...
Lawnboyman1170
01-09-2015 09:46 AM
01-27-2015 01:27 PM
by Steve
13 811
does this sound good or...
Bradcook21
01-22-2015 09:24 AM
01-27-2015 07:42 AM
by ringahding1
9 363
second year advise
cmdlawncare
01-23-2015 06:22 PM
01-27-2015 07:31 AM
by ringahding1
6 311
need advise
rawssrob
02-23-2010 02:45 PM
01-23-2015 06:40 PM
by cmdlawncare
7 2,646
New to forum
ROB N
01-23-2015 08:35 AM
01-23-2015 01:53 PM
by Steve
1 196
Extending the life of...
rmccutchan
01-17-2015 12:37 AM
01-23-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
8 442
osceola lawn service
jasa@wildblue.net
01-22-2015 03:23 PM
01-23-2015 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 202
Tax Question
Wolf4dk
01-20-2015 01:11 AM
01-22-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
4 346
Billy Goat Vac
Mr. Mow
01-19-2015 07:42 AM
01-22-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
6 337
Property Pricing
GVL
01-19-2015 02:46 PM
01-21-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
5 392
Landscapers Source For...
breadcrumb
01-16-2015 02:44 PM
01-21-2015 05:55 AM
by breadcrumb
14 561
Hoa advice
Bradcook21
01-16-2015 09:36 PM
01-20-2015 04:30 PM
by Steve
4 381
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 07:51 PM
01-20-2015 10:16 AM
by biglee
16 711
How to beat the pre pay...
stansg1fresh
01-13-2015 04:33 PM
01-19-2015 03:38 PM
by ringahding1
3 446
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
01-19-2015 01:37 PM
by Steve
12 1,265
Hi from Illinois
burtle
01-02-2015 09:46 PM
01-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Steve
3 610
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
01-19-2015 01:20 PM
by Steve
14 1,565
Another Illinoisan.....
barhopper
01-11-2015 05:38 PM
01-16-2015 04:29 PM
by Steve
10 533
marketing with pizza...
apmAkron
01-15-2015 09:57 AM
01-15-2015 06:29 PM
by Steve
4 342
CRM and Quickbooks?
5StarLawnscaping
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
by 5StarLawnscaping
0 274
New Member, Indiana Iraq...
Timbo
07-14-2011 09:44 AM
01-14-2015 06:14 PM
by Steve
10 3,864
check this box truck out!
BLAZIER-1991
01-07-2015 07:40 PM
01-13-2015 03:06 PM
by biglee
8 740
My community only ad...
googus
01-12-2015 09:55 AM
01-13-2015 02:44 PM
by Steve
5 436
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
10-23-2014 09:07 AM
01-13-2015 09:37 AM
by Chilehead
18 1,937
use a small business...
BLAZIER-1991
12-25-2014 12:21 AM
01-12-2015 06:32 PM
by BLAZIER-1991
30 1,693
» Popular Tags
4wd aerocore apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades bush collections deliquentaccounts edging employee problems equipment rental ferris first truck flyers foreman four wheel drive gopherhaul grass growing a lawn care business hills hiring husqvarna introduction john deere quik trac landscape landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing marketing mr dave mulch past due per hour charge per hour service podcast pricing profit on employee pto push versus ride reo running a business scripts seo shell small engine repair square foot steep lawns steve sulky theft toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape up sell employee walk behind web design won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:13 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:13 PM.

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