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.

Price on mowing 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
  #1  
Old 03-17-2013, 06:24 PM
xandrew245x xandrew245x is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 603
Rep Power: 2
xandrew245x is on a distinguished road
Default 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?
__________________

Carlisle Lawn Care
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 03-17-2013, 08:02 PM
SNethercutt SNethercutt is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 202
Rep Power: 2
SNethercutt is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
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?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-17-2013, 08:46 PM
xandrew245x xandrew245x is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 603
Rep Power: 2
xandrew245x is on a distinguished road
Default

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.
__________________

Carlisle Lawn Care
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-17-2013, 09:36 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

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
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-17-2013, 10:48 PM
tk4454 tk4454 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 56
Rep Power: 2
tk4454 is on a distinguished road
Default

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.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-18-2013, 06:36 AM
xandrew245x xandrew245x is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 603
Rep Power: 2
xandrew245x is on a distinguished road
Default

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.
__________________

Carlisle Lawn Care

Last edited by xandrew245x; 03-18-2013 at 06:39 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-18-2013, 08:13 AM
willshome willshome is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Mass
Posts: 865
Rep Power: 0
willshome is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by xandrew245x View Post
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 View Post
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
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-18-2013, 09:24 AM
ratchetmaster2 ratchetmaster2 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 185
Rep Power: 3
ratchetmaster2 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by willshome View Post
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
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-18-2013, 09:46 AM
grass guru grass guru is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 43
Rep Power: 3
grass guru is on a distinguished road
Default

$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.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-18-2013, 10:21 AM
xandrew245x xandrew245x is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 603
Rep Power: 2
xandrew245x is on a distinguished road
Default

I was thinking $45 without bagging, I have a free dump site and could just load it on my truck, major problem is I don't have a bagger for my lawn mower, and I made sure she knew that.

All i have is a lawn sweeper which would be a lot more work, if I were to do that it would defiantly be in the $60+ range. We will see if she calls back, I am not going any lower than $40 non bagged for this place, if I get it then great, if I don't oh well.
__________________

Carlisle Lawn Care
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
Price? tricountylawncare Starting a lawn care business. 16 01-24-2011 09:12 PM
how to price marcus Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 1 10-23-2008 10:08 AM
Price per sq ft? Pflat1 Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 13 04-13-2008 05:59 PM
Mowing HeightsThe following are recommended mowing ritchiem Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 1 12-07-2006 08:29 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
quickbooks users
CDLAWNCARE
Today 09:03 AM
Today 10:35 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 25
this mower is driving me...
boog
04-17-2014 12:07 PM
Today 09:08 AM
by boog
5 153
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
Today 05:32 AM
by stevef1201
15 411
danny 2
danny2
Yesterday 10:19 PM
Today 05:13 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 65
I Got Taken...,
Dan Tanner
Yesterday 06:26 AM
Yesterday 08:15 PM
by Dan Tanner
3 121
new to this forum!
mower13126
04-18-2014 07:37 PM
Yesterday 05:34 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
3 100
Lawn Renovation
stevef1201
04-11-2014 12:00 PM
Yesterday 03:15 PM
by stevef1201
9 268
employee pay
4 seasons maintenance
04-10-2011 09:34 PM
Yesterday 12:19 PM
by kslawn
19 6,773
REO calling
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 05:03 PM
Yesterday 11:17 AM
by kslawn
11 262
Customers droping like...
goodtimez
04-18-2014 09:53 AM
Yesterday 08:09 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
7 167
Back for this year
xandrew245x
02-21-2014 04:30 PM
Yesterday 07:59 AM
by xandrew245x
14 868
Any greenhouse operators...
GoGreenerKS
04-15-2014 11:21 AM
Yesterday 07:49 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
4 142
Looking for advice on a...
Tekeda1
04-13-2014 09:53 AM
Yesterday 04:22 AM
by Tekeda1
17 389
2.5 acre mowing
xandrew245x
04-18-2014 06:55 AM
04-18-2014 08:57 PM
by xandrew245x
6 125
Best Bulk Mulch delivery...
Steven Virgadamo
04-18-2014 09:52 AM
04-18-2014 05:34 PM
by Steve
2 71
Steve Virgadamo,...
Steven Virgadamo
04-18-2014 09:49 AM
04-18-2014 05:08 PM
by Steve
2 61
Instagram
Gerardo_Landscape
04-16-2014 11:28 AM
04-18-2014 04:51 PM
by Steve
3 102
Help with weed liability!
Prolawnofchatt
04-15-2014 09:10 AM
04-18-2014 04:47 PM
by Steve
5 196
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
04-18-2014 04:41 PM
by Steve
31 1,080
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
10 219
leaf removal
tlf59263
04-15-2014 10:00 PM
04-18-2014 03:59 PM
by stevef1201
6 183
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
15 733
Trimec
acrajchel
04-15-2014 08:24 PM
04-16-2014 11:10 AM
by Steve
3 112
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
1 101
Pricing a Mulch Job
dmcalpi
04-07-2014 02:16 PM
04-16-2014 09:40 AM
by jymie
21 627
google earth
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 03:24 PM
04-16-2014 09:36 AM
by jymie
8 238
There has to be an...
CDLAWNCARE
04-14-2014 12:59 PM
04-15-2014 04:06 PM
by Dan Tanner
6 179
First Day Back!
BelleCityLawn1
04-09-2014 09:13 PM
04-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
11 315
Mow America
stevegredler
04-13-2014 01:02 PM
04-14-2014 09:53 PM
by kslawn
5 215
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
1,176 285,749
Equipment reviews
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 07:17 AM
04-14-2014 11:27 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
13 460
Sulky and Turf Tracer
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:44 PM
04-14-2014 10:51 AM
by Steve
8 366
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
3 182
Need help bidding church...
GreenRidge Lawn&Landscape
04-07-2014 08:01 PM
04-14-2014 09:49 AM
by Steve
12 436
Hello all
Griff20114
04-12-2014 05:08 PM
04-14-2014 09:46 AM
by Steve
1 123
Step by Step Spring Lawn...
WarriorLawnscaping
04-10-2014 07:01 AM
04-14-2014 09:43 AM
by Steve
5 259
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
4 204
What Was Your Setup When...
superrman77
02-11-2014 10:53 AM
04-14-2014 08:04 AM
by acrajchel
21 1,606
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
9 349
Weed ID help
TwinBrosLC
04-12-2014 10:39 AM
04-13-2014 07:40 AM
by stevef1201
4 175
Lexington, KY
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:06 PM
04-11-2014 09:49 PM
by acrajchel
1 147
Food Plot Management
BlackRain75
04-11-2014 10:20 AM
04-11-2014 03:51 PM
by Steve
4 145
Estimating a job
acrajchel
04-08-2014 11:07 AM
04-11-2014 03:32 PM
by Steve
6 321
» Popular Tags
2wd ads aerator butterfly gardens buy charge christmas client craigslist credit card customers echo exmark ferris financing first truck florida flower bed georgia gopherhaul grass grass clarksville gravely health holiday holiday lighting how much to charge how to bid installation kansas city kawasaki lawn care lawn care business book lawn care business podcast lawn care business show leaf lighting brass outdoor lights llp marketing mow mowing mowing clarksville mulch mulch estimate new and restored landscapes new buisness new business new start office management payment podcast property management company redmax savannah scag schedule selling seo sole proprietorship sprayer starting a business start up lawn care business stihl subcontractor tree care unreasonable upsell walk behind walker winter money making ideas
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:59 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:59 AM.

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