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.

First Time Bidding On Sod Installation


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 04-20-2010, 10:18 PM
Jencathen Jencathen is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 20
Rep Power: 6
Jencathen is on a distinguished road
Default

Hi JP! Thank you for your advice. I think I like option 1 the best also.

I did charge him a delivery and a disposal charge separate from the other stuff. $50 there and $50 to the dump that is close to his house.

The final bid we put in and got was $1426.24 including tax. That is for the re-sodding and he wanted his front and back yard mowed and those ugly trees in the courtyard pruned. That is including the $100 for delivery/disposal. I'm guessing that I'm underbidding because he jumped on my offer really quick. I'm not sure if it was because of being too cheap or the fact that he served 30 years in the Navy and he found out my husband is still Active Duty Navy and has been in for 18 years and they both served in Ingleside.

I'm guessing that doing this first job will give us a real feel for how hard it is to do it and how much time it takes us so that hopefully the next job that comes our way we will do better. Thankfully, the yard is extremely level so I don't think I'll have to worry too much about laying topsoil to even it out.

Geez I wrote a book! Sorry about that. Thanks for helping you guys are so friendly on this site.
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 04-21-2010, 07:19 AM
JP Landscaping JP Landscaping is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 213
Rep Power: 5
JP Landscaping is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I don't think that's underbidding. I think that's a pretty good price for that area and the extra trimming. Trimming doesn't take long if you rent a gas powered pole pruner.

Good luck on your job and if you have any other questions, we're here to help.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 04-24-2010, 10:06 PM
tractorwork
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

its easy you just gestamate the bid like I do, lol

Just kidding
Kirby
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 04-24-2010, 11:12 PM
Jencathen Jencathen is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 20
Rep Power: 6
Jencathen is on a distinguished road
Default

Lol, That was how this one yard we did today. We didn't realize we couldn't get the Wright Stander into the front area because the gate was too small so we ended up having to use the push mower and it took a lot more time then it should. Let's just say now we know to check the gate width before giving an estimate. Live and learn eh?
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 04-25-2010, 03:29 AM
TeamDynamic's Avatar
TeamDynamic TeamDynamic is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 51
Rep Power: 6
TeamDynamic is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jencathen View Post
Oops, I'm an idiot and didn't calculate correctly. Now it all makes sense. LOL

The cost for my sod is 150/450 which equals only $.33 per sq. ft.

So how much should the mark up be if you are removing old sod and disposing should I shoot for around $1.50 per sq. ft. or is that too high?
Where are you if getting your sod from? Try to go to a sod farm if possible. You can usually get it for around .15 a sq ft
__________________
www.TeamDynamicOnline.com
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 04-25-2010, 09:34 AM
NewLeafca's Avatar
NewLeafca NewLeafca is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Corona, CA
Posts: 105
Rep Power: 5
NewLeafca is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jencathen View Post
The owner also doesn't live in this area so I will be required to travel about 30 min every other day for 3-4 weeks to water. He does not have a sprinkler system.
I know you already got the bid and congratulations on that. I'm just curious tho. Why didn't you offer to put in a sprinkler system? It would of been a great time to do it with no sod there.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 04-25-2010, 05:34 PM
Jencathen Jencathen is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 20
Rep Power: 6
Jencathen is on a distinguished road
Default

In Texas you have to be licensed to put in a sprinkler system and we are not.

The nearest Sod Farm that I could find is 3 hours away so by the time I drove up there, used manpower and gas, it would have been 6 hours not including the loading time.
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
Landscape Maintanence (First Time Bidding) walkerlawncare09 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 9 03-20-2010 09:19 PM
bidding sod installation barnes13 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 10 03-15-2010 09:50 AM
Help on first time bidding small commercial bam2597 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 6 02-24-2009 10:29 PM
Fav. Installation tiedeman Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 12 03-13-2007 11:42 AM
Help with installation tlclismore Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 6 10-09-2005 04:12 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
From Concord NC
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:34 PM
Today 07:08 AM
by Ropscot
2 58
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
Today 07:07 AM
by Ropscot
3 112
Echo Edger 'Neutral'
WesleySnips
07-25-2014 05:28 PM
Today 06:53 AM
by WesleySnips
3 110
Single tree, mow customer
WesleySnips
06-27-2014 10:12 AM
Today 06:47 AM
by WesleySnips
15 634
Formulas Used
BaileynSamsMum
Today 06:40 AM
Today 06:40 AM
by BaileynSamsMum
0 5
Building credit
Matther777
07-27-2014 05:20 PM
Today 05:26 AM
by Dan Tanner
6 120
Need input on a bid
phlawncare
Yesterday 08:51 PM
Yesterday 08:51 PM
by phlawncare
0 36
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
Yesterday 06:21 PM
by kslawn
3 90
New from Texas
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:17 AM
Yesterday 01:29 PM
by Steve
3 131
Left handed edging with...
SGL1
07-23-2014 08:59 PM
Yesterday 07:39 AM
by SGL1
15 330
Echo PE 266 edger
stevef1201
07-01-2014 01:28 PM
07-27-2014 10:14 PM
by WesleySnips
5 342
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
07-27-2014 01:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
80 4,652
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
07-27-2014 08:16 AM
by Just for Cuts
7 186
need some help geting...
dalvan0
07-13-2014 09:28 PM
07-26-2014 04:39 PM
by BLC7
7 328
new trailer help
mattthelawnguy
07-11-2014 08:21 PM
07-25-2014 06:31 PM
by mattthelawnguy
13 505
You know it;s gonna be a...
stevef1201
07-25-2014 08:50 AM
07-25-2014 01:34 PM
by Steve
1 97
Customer letters
kslawn
07-23-2014 06:17 AM
07-25-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
5 210
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
07-24-2014 07:09 PM
by SGL1
29 1,280
Need help determining...
Jbss861
07-20-2014 02:33 PM
07-24-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
13 392
Should I ?
googus
07-22-2014 04:06 PM
07-24-2014 12:10 PM
by Steve
4 225
My First Apartment...
SSLCtn
05-26-2014 10:17 PM
07-24-2014 06:46 AM
by kslawn
15 922
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
07-24-2014 06:38 AM
by kslawn
3 226
Selling lawns like...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:51 PM
07-24-2014 06:28 AM
by kslawn
3 279
Scag new "Eliminator"......
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-20-2014 10:45 AM
07-23-2014 05:37 PM
by Just for Cuts
9 316
need professional advice...
Fiddlers_green
07-20-2014 07:21 PM
07-23-2014 12:42 PM
by Steve
3 217
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 10:20 PM
07-23-2014 12:40 PM
by Steve
15 1,432
Lawn Service back in...
LawnCareMan280
07-18-2014 09:00 PM
07-23-2014 11:48 AM
by Steve
4 253
Overspray?
stevef1201
07-21-2014 04:20 PM
07-23-2014 11:39 AM
by Steve
3 162
Hello Everyone! Newbie...
SLKlawn
07-17-2014 06:22 PM
07-22-2014 01:53 PM
by Steve
6 295
Proper height for lawn
rob lederhilger
05-26-2014 08:01 AM
07-21-2014 02:53 PM
by LawnDoctor
9 678
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 12:31 PM
07-21-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
9 529
What's my business worth?
Chaz
07-16-2014 01:35 PM
07-21-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
4 309
1.5 Acre Jungle
WesleySnips
07-15-2014 05:57 PM
07-20-2014 11:31 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
21 640
Gopher schedule software
Ray
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
by Ray
0 203
2006 Chevy fuel pump...
KevinsLawns
07-17-2014 08:39 PM
07-18-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
1 193
Halfway point of year!
Steve
07-01-2014 12:08 PM
07-18-2014 11:38 AM
by Steve
14 761
I got told to leave and...
gwilson98
06-16-2014 02:07 PM
07-17-2014 11:43 AM
by Steve
16 1,072
Hey guys this is the...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-07-2014 08:23 PM
07-16-2014 08:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
28 801
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
07-16-2014 05:00 PM
by Just for Cuts
18 728
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
07-15-2014 05:38 PM
by icon2000
1,184 320,790
Classified Ad Template...
bcfb
06-05-2013 02:40 AM
07-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
15 3,751
Husqvarna pz 60
CDLAWNCARE
07-06-2014 06:50 PM
07-15-2014 08:53 AM
by kslawn
10 472
Lowballers
Chaz
07-11-2014 03:55 PM
07-14-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
5 385
My new side job
Sprinkler Buddy
05-10-2014 05:23 AM
07-14-2014 12:15 PM
by Steve
10 845
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
07-13-2014 10:36 PM
by GoGreenerKS
10 583
New Mower and Trailer
Chaz
06-25-2014 12:04 PM
07-13-2014 06:25 PM
by SGL1
7 596
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
07-12-2014 07:36 PM
by SGL1
21 1,926
Fuel and fuel additives
SGL1
07-06-2014 10:23 AM
07-11-2014 07:53 PM
by SGL1
15 583
Questions for a patchy...
jumcgee
07-09-2014 08:42 AM
07-11-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
1 237
toro proline blades wont...
boog
06-25-2014 06:26 PM
07-11-2014 05:28 AM
by kslawn
18 685
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 ads birdscaping care charge collections subcontractor commercial craigslist credit card processing customers ecosymbiosis employee problems exmark ferris four wheel drive gopherhaul grass gravely holiday honda how much to charge how to bid hydraulic installation invoice kawasaki labor cost late lawn lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn service leaf cleanup leaf removal lesco marketing mowing mulch estimate native plants new buisness office management online classifieds podcast rotating scag scag v-ride search engine optimization season seo sprayer starting a business steep lawns stihl theft of services tips toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape upsell walk behind walker winter money making ideas won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:37 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:37 AM.

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