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.

Need help bidding a lawn.


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 04-19-2009, 09:58 AM
davidgolawn davidgolawn is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 1
Rep Power: 0
davidgolawn is on a distinguished road
Default Need help bidding a lawn.

would anyone be willing to offer to tell me a simple way of doing a quote for grass cutting based on the sq ft and how to price a spring clean up, includes cleaning up all garbage / litter, power raking, aeration,weed and feed i have 38 thousand sq ft property a 17 thousand sq ft property 5000 sq ft , i would like to know if there is a simple formula for this, any help would be greatly appreciated thank you dave
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 04-19-2009, 03:31 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,974
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hi David,

Have you played around with the business calculators yet?

With the first one you can figure out the time you spend on each property.

With the second one you can figure out how much to charge based on that time.

Play around with them and let me know how they go.
__________________
- 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
  #3  
Old 04-21-2009, 12:29 AM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 8
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Know your costs . Without knowing your costs you could get in trouble and lose money.Cleanups are probably the hardest thing to estimate. This topic has been discussed on this forum. Make sure you check the property well. Bid hours x your hourly rate for each man. If you want to bid mowing by the sq.ft use the calculator on this site. If you know your equipment and have been doing this for awhile you will be able to walk up to a property and bid it without measuring. Now the bigger stuff like parks and large commercial you'll need to know the acreage and how much trimming is involved.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-21-2009, 12:39 AM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 67
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 9
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default Spring Cleanup

Quote:
Originally Posted by davidgolawn View Post
would anyone be willing to offer to tell me a simple way of doing a quote for grass cutting based on the sq ft and how to price a spring clean up, includes cleaning up all garbage / litter, power raking, aeration,weed and feed i have 38 thousand sq ft property a 17 thousand sq ft property 5000 sq ft , i would like to know if there is a simple formula for this, any help would be greatly appreciated thank you dave
My cleanup jobs have been profit iffy. I tent to view them as a loss leader! A good job will lead to upsells. Remember Murphy's 23 law. (it always takes longer than you think)!

Ever hear O'Tools axion on Murphy's Law? " Murphy was an optimist!"
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-21-2009, 05:36 PM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 8
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Yea, I hate cleanups especially as I get older. After all these years they are still hard to estimate and labor intensive. Hard to find good help to do these also. This year for me the line from the potential customer has been give me a deal on the cleanup and you can have the mowing.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-21-2009, 06:25 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,974
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
This year for me the line from the potential customer has been give me a deal on the cleanup and you can have the mowing.
What's your view on how to counter this? What should a lawn care business owner do when a potential customer says that?
__________________
- 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
  #7  
Old 04-21-2009, 07:21 PM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 8
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
What's your view on how to counter this? What should a lawn care business owner do when a potential customer says that?
This is what I told the guy that I signed up last week.
Sir I have different fees for the different services that I offer. I will give you a 10% discount on the cleanup like I advertised in the paper. He then said well if I give you all this work for the season you should be able to cut the price more on the cleanup. I told him that I would work with him on getting his costs as low as I can on the other services without effecting my minimum profit margin.
Bottom line he doesn't know my costs. A lot of haggling going on this year.
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
Bidding job swstout Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 4 02-17-2009 01:52 AM
Need help bidding Pavia's Lawn Care Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 3 02-15-2009 11:36 AM
Bidding Jobs cutritelawncareinc Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 3 08-11-2008 07:02 PM
Bidding a new job tomcat172002 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 3 08-03-2008 09:42 PM
Bidding a new job tomcat172002 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 5 07-26-2008 04:20 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
Yesterday 08:19 PM
by mowandblow1980
7 457
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
Yesterday 08:11 PM
by mowandblow1980
21 873
Great Arborist Ladder
SGL1
06-04-2016 09:56 AM
Yesterday 08:04 PM
by mowandblow1980
11 409
3 Applications or 5...
stansg1fresh
02-18-2013 12:02 PM
Yesterday 02:53 PM
by acrajchel
4 1,414
Chemical Applications
acrajchel
06-24-2016 06:44 PM
Yesterday 02:48 PM
by acrajchel
2 72
Spot checked by...
Just for Cuts
Yesterday 02:34 PM
Yesterday 02:37 PM
by Chilehead
1 30
Newbie
Jhoell
06-25-2016 03:28 AM
Yesterday 02:11 PM
by Chilehead
2 70
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Yesterday 11:02 AM
by Brownieboy
1,253 438,196
Hello Everyone
JohnsLawnCare
06-22-2016 11:14 AM
Yesterday 08:36 AM
by Steve
13 245
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
06-27-2016 09:14 PM
by Chilehead
19 791
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
06-24-2016 07:26 PM
by acrajchel
9 10,109
Exmark Turf Tracer
acrajchel
02-01-2014 11:34 AM
06-24-2016 07:23 PM
by acrajchel
5 2,142
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
06-24-2016 06:59 PM
by acrajchel
7 3,045
Ybravo 25 mowers
SGL1
06-11-2016 09:52 AM
06-21-2016 03:44 PM
by acrajchel
5 301
Help a Brother Out -...
Hedgemaster
01-23-2012 04:19 PM
06-17-2016 08:28 AM
by SGL1
94 34,494
anyone interested in a...
GoGreenerKS
06-16-2016 01:00 PM
06-17-2016 02:58 AM
by SC93
4 176
Prolin
rmccutchan
05-21-2016 04:53 PM
06-16-2016 05:28 PM
by acrajchel
3 332
Laying new grass, Sod...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-23-2016 10:07 AM
06-16-2016 05:27 PM
by acrajchel
2 326
Upgraded to a new mower
Stevenor92
05-17-2016 08:17 PM
06-16-2016 05:22 PM
by acrajchel
9 551
How can I fix my...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
06-10-2016 07:47 PM
06-16-2016 05:19 PM
by acrajchel
2 236
Need a lil help
Cpadgett
06-05-2016 09:51 AM
06-16-2016 05:17 PM
by acrajchel
5 368
help with sole...
greenbuds
03-24-2016 12:21 PM
06-16-2016 05:01 PM
by acrajchel
4 9,767
New Member from...
tiptoppmanager
06-15-2016 07:39 AM
06-15-2016 03:18 PM
by SC93
2 175
Brand new fish pond
Flynn landscaping 2016
06-12-2016 09:53 AM
06-13-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 150
Whats up??
Cpadgett
05-27-2016 10:57 AM
06-06-2016 08:46 PM
by Cpadgett
11 516
New Member from Texas
NathanR
06-02-2016 06:13 PM
06-03-2016 09:17 PM
by SC93
7 333
Edging Fad...
Tree geek
05-10-2016 11:29 PM
06-03-2016 07:02 PM
by SGL1
3 508
To mow weekly or Biweekly
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-11-2016 04:09 PM
06-03-2016 06:42 PM
by SGL1
11 792
Your Time Lawn Care
yourtimelawncare
05-31-2016 01:12 PM
06-02-2016 10:11 PM
by SC93
2 291
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:28 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:28 PM.

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