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.

Adjusting to lower prices and


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 02-10-2010, 05:33 PM
bnclawncare bnclawncare is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 68
Rep Power: 6
bnclawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
This is very interesting. We were having a similar conversation not too long ago about the different prices that can be charged based on the county you live in, in Florida!

One of the things I wonder is if it's worth running the business in another county and keeping your truck parked somewhere in that county. Maybe then commute to it daily with a cheap small car?

Would something like that even be feasible?
This is something that we have done for years. I live in one county and all my customers are in an adjacent county. The customer base is much larger and you can get about 2X the amount there than here where I live. The 6 lawns that I did have here, I past them on to a close friend. At one time I was able to park the truck at a friends house, but we are back to driving 35-40 min. one way. It is well worth the extra gas $ for us.
__________________

www.bnclawncare.com
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 02-10-2010, 07:29 PM
XtreemGreen XtreemGreen is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Pasco, Fla
Age: 43
Posts: 429
Rep Power: 6
XtreemGreen is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by ProCut TM View Post
you can lower your prices to build a bigger client base then go up on the quotes as you grow. you can also raise prices a bit every year (although I have not raise most of mine in 2 years, due to the economy and fear of losing them over a few bucks)

most people in pinellas charge $75 or $80 per month........Is that the standard monthly mow, trim, edge and blow? Or is it Complete Lawn Service? and I've seen signs for $15 per cuts but most guys are $20 or $25
Thanks for the local info...^^^^
__________________


In Memory of My Dad..1943-2008..Gary "Snuffy" Smith
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-11-2010, 08:27 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,187
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
And the list goes on, I will find something you want done and I know who my competition is and what they can do, I am to be a one stop shop.
And then you create a package deal to make it sound like a better price? Or do you try to focus on the other services you could offer instead?


Quote:
This is something that we have done for years. I live in one county and all my customers are in an adjacent county. The customer base is much larger and you can get about 2X the amount there than here where I live. The 6 lawns that I did have here, I past them on to a close friend. At one time I was able to park the truck at a friends house, but we are back to driving 35-40 min. one way. It is well worth the extra gas $ for us.
This is fascinating! What do you think made you get to the realization you needed to do this? I am sure most people think they live in a certain area and therefor by default they can only service the area they live in. How did you break out of that mold?

Did you look into parking your truck in a storage area? Would it save money or would the rent eat up any savings?
__________________
- 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
  #14  
Old 02-11-2010, 08:07 PM
bnclawncare bnclawncare is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 68
Rep Power: 6
bnclawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
This is fascinating! What do you think made you get to the realization you needed to do this? I am sure most people think they live in a certain area and therefor by default they can only service the area they live in. How did you break out of that mold?

Did you look into parking your truck in a storage area? Would it save money or would the rent eat up any savings?
It will only cost $80.00 per month to store, (park) our truck in a storage area. The only thing that has prevented us from doing so is the fear of the equipment getting damaged or stolen. It is still up in the air and it would definitely save us money each month by cutting down the mileage and gas bill.

As far as services outside my county, it was a necessity to survive. You have to look out side the box and use your judgment. People in this industry need to go to where the work is. I can give you a prime example. I see people everyday driving from Virginia to Greensboro to work. Why do think this is? The reason is there is no work where they live. So would I try to market in Virginia or Greensboro? I would choose Greensboro.
Give me your opinion on this.
__________________

www.bnclawncare.com
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 02-12-2010, 04:45 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,187
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
It will only cost $80.00 per month to store, (park) our truck in a storage area. The only thing that has prevented us from doing so is the fear of the equipment getting damaged or stolen. It is still up in the air and it would definitely save us money each month by cutting down the mileage and gas bill.
What if you parked it in a locked building type of storage area. Or you made a deal with a customer that had a secured property, to park your vehicle in their yard for free lawn care? Or you worked out a deal with a storage area that allowed you to park your vehicle inside one of their locked buildings in return for free property care?


Quote:
So would I try to market in Virginia or Greensboro? I would choose Greensboro.
That makes total sense. It is very important to look outside the box and consider other options otherwise you could end up trying to run a business in an area that will simply not sustain 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
  #16  
Old 02-12-2010, 05:48 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Just a couple of thoughts as we face the same issue, transportation costs pulling the excavators and tractors is crazy at times $70.00 a day in gas is about the norm when we are in full swing, then again gas here is a lot higher than what you pay due to taxes, I pay $4.33 gallon.

Anyhow have you considered a cargo trailer, I have seen many in the states that look great and are a fraction of the cost we pay, this way your equipment is very secure and you have a lot of space outside to advertise your company on the sides and back.

I assume you carry insurance, although a risk and a pain, if someone broke into it at least you would be covered.

What I did was order a 20' trailer, this will allow us to pull an excavator and loader at the same time cutting the number of trips to sites in half, all of my equipment, or the bigger stuff has GPS tracking, if a machine is shut off and we leave it at a site, should it be touched a motion alarm sends a signal to a monitoring station and my blackberry, Law Enforcement consider this a crime in progress and respond immediately at least here.

All you would have to do is install a unit inside the trailer, not sure of the cost as I still own part of the company that sells these units and monitors them, I think they retail for around $250.00 and monitoring is about $9.00 a month.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 02-12-2010, 05:56 AM
cklandscapingorlando cklandscapingorlando is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 198
Rep Power: 6
cklandscapingorlando is on a distinguished road
Default

We work in 3 counties for maint. And I'll drive hours for a real good landscape job. We bill at 100 a month but I think this year I'm gonna get aggressive and do 20,000 hangers and dropping the price to 80 a month. I will have at least 50 new maint clients 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
One blade cutting lower hurtadolawncare Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 3 07-26-2008 11:15 AM
Hourly Prices? and Acre Prices? Paradise Lawn and Pool General Business Discussions 0 03-10-2008 09:02 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Left handed edging with...
SGL1
Yesterday 08:59 PM
Today 01:14 PM
by Steve
3 61
Need help determining...
Jbss861
07-20-2014 02:33 PM
Today 01:11 PM
by Steve
13 275
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
Today 12:23 PM
by Steve
28 1,136
Customer letters
kslawn
Yesterday 06:17 AM
Today 12:19 PM
by Steve
3 81
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Today 12:14 PM
by Steve
76 4,309
Should I ?
googus
07-22-2014 04:06 PM
Today 12:10 PM
by Steve
4 129
My First Apartment...
SSLCtn
05-26-2014 10:17 PM
Today 06:46 AM
by kslawn
15 845
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
Today 06:38 AM
by kslawn
3 149
Selling lawns like...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:51 PM
Today 06:28 AM
by kslawn
3 189
Scag new "Eliminator"......
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-20-2014 10:45 AM
Yesterday 05:37 PM
by Just for Cuts
9 222
need professional advice...
Fiddlers_green
07-20-2014 07:21 PM
Yesterday 12:42 PM
by Steve
3 148
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 10:20 PM
Yesterday 12:40 PM
by Steve
15 1,324
Lawn Service back in...
LawnCareMan280
07-18-2014 09:00 PM
Yesterday 11:48 AM
by Steve
4 185
Overspray?
stevef1201
07-21-2014 04:20 PM
Yesterday 11:39 AM
by Steve
3 92
Hello Everyone! Newbie...
SLKlawn
07-17-2014 06:22 PM
07-22-2014 01:53 PM
by Steve
6 217
Proper height for lawn
rob lederhilger
05-26-2014 08:01 AM
07-21-2014 02:53 PM
by LawnDoctor
9 615
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 12:31 PM
07-21-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
9 454
What's my business worth?
Chaz
07-16-2014 01:35 PM
07-21-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
4 231
Single tree, mow customer
WesleySnips
06-27-2014 10:12 AM
07-21-2014 01:04 PM
by Steve
12 505
1.5 Acre Jungle
WesleySnips
07-15-2014 05:57 PM
07-20-2014 11:31 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
21 531
Gopher schedule software
Ray
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
by Ray
0 120
2006 Chevy fuel pump...
KevinsLawns
07-17-2014 08:39 PM
07-18-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
1 122
Halfway point of year!
Steve
07-01-2014 12:08 PM
07-18-2014 11:38 AM
by Steve
14 666
I got told to leave and...
gwilson98
06-16-2014 02:07 PM
07-17-2014 11:43 AM
by Steve
16 983
Hey guys this is the...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-07-2014 08:23 PM
07-16-2014 08:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
28 718
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
07-16-2014 05:00 PM
by Just for Cuts
18 652
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
07-15-2014 05:38 PM
by icon2000
1,184 318,676
need some help geting...
dalvan0
07-13-2014 09:28 PM
07-15-2014 11:56 AM
by Steve
5 224
new trailer help
mattthelawnguy
07-11-2014 08:21 PM
07-15-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
9 327
Classified Ad Template...
bcfb
06-05-2013 02:40 AM
07-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
15 3,663
Husqvarna pz 60
CDLAWNCARE
07-06-2014 06:50 PM
07-15-2014 08:53 AM
by kslawn
10 404
Lowballers
Chaz
07-11-2014 03:55 PM
07-14-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
5 331
My new side job
Sprinkler Buddy
05-10-2014 05:23 AM
07-14-2014 12:15 PM
by Steve
10 792
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
07-13-2014 10:36 PM
by GoGreenerKS
10 514
New Mower and Trailer
Chaz
06-25-2014 12:04 PM
07-13-2014 06:25 PM
by SGL1
7 524
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
07-12-2014 07:36 PM
by SGL1
21 1,840
Fuel and fuel additives
SGL1
07-06-2014 10:23 AM
07-11-2014 07:53 PM
by SGL1
15 513
Questions for a patchy...
jumcgee
07-09-2014 08:42 AM
07-11-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
1 183
toro proline blades wont...
boog
06-25-2014 06:26 PM
07-11-2014 05:28 AM
by kslawn
18 614
Contents of Marketing to...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-09-2014 05:25 PM
07-10-2014 03:23 PM
by Steve
3 272
Shindaiwa
CLB454
05-13-2014 09:04 PM
07-10-2014 03:04 PM
by Steve
14 750
Starting New in FL
mmcuttrim
08-06-2010 09:22 AM
07-10-2014 02:44 PM
by Steve
48 11,216
Bid help 45 on acre...
Priggan
06-26-2014 12:56 PM
07-09-2014 08:38 AM
by kslawn
7 495
need help bidding fence...
veteranslawncaresystems
07-03-2014 10:33 AM
07-08-2014 12:00 PM
by Steve
5 356
Trimmer or Knife?
gwilson98
07-04-2014 09:56 PM
07-07-2014 02:41 PM
by Steve
6 318
Started a New Solar Lawn...
Solar Lawn Care
06-08-2013 01:40 AM
07-07-2014 01:55 PM
by Steve
37 7,387
New Canadian Member
coppervalley
07-04-2014 02:15 PM
07-07-2014 01:12 PM
by Steve
1 220
Happy Independance...
stevef1201
07-04-2014 07:05 AM
07-07-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
2 219
Echo PE 266 edger
stevef1201
07-01-2014 01:28 PM
07-07-2014 12:47 PM
by Steve
4 299
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
07-06-2014 01:50 PM
by SGL1
21 5,208
» Popular Tags
4wd advertisement article marketing auger bid butterfly gardens charge courtesy call credit card customers decorating estimate exmark ferris first truck georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business health hills holiday holiday decorating holiday lighting how much to charge introduction john deere quik trac kansas city lawn lawn care lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn care website seo leaf lighting marketing monthly mow mulch mulch price new buisness organize payment podcast property management company pto reo scag schedule scripts seo snow social media starting a business start up lawn care business stihl theft toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack walker winter winter services zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:38 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:38 PM.

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