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 > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Spring cleanup estimate....need help !


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 05-21-2010, 10:20 PM
JLuck JLuck is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 5
JLuck is on a distinguished road
Default Spring cleanup estimate....need help !

Hello All,
I am new to the Lawn Care business and have a question for you all and need your advice regarding an estimate for a crazy spring yard cleaning.

The yard is approximately 1/2 acre on a lake and is very hilly, as in the whole yard will need to be done without a mower. There is maybe a very, very small portion where you may get a mower but not worth the time. The yard has high weeds about 2 feet, with heavy leaves and many branches on the ground throughout....looks like a hurricane hit it to be honest. At this point the customer has only asked for the yard to be cleaned. I hope to sell him on regular maintenance care to keep the yard from getting like this again.

The customer lives out of town and this is a vacation lake home for his family. From what I have read the best way to approach this is to figure out what I need to make per hour and how many hours the job will take. As I mentioned I am new to this but I am sure if you saw it you would say wow, did a hurricane hit here? As well, being new I will only have the use of weed eaters, no DR Power brush mowers or anything like it yet. Also, with all of the debris in the yard, I will need to take it all to the landfill as there is only a small wooded area and it would just be piled high and noticeable.

I did another cleanup last week that was messy, but not this bad. I charged $130 for the cleanup, which took 2 of us 1 1/2 hours, but also got their lawn contract for the year as well as the job for pressure washing a large deck.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Jim
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 05-21-2010, 10:41 PM
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
Like you had said... the best way is to estimate the time it will take to do the job and charge your hourly rate. I charge $35 an hour if that helps.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-21-2010, 11:22 PM
JLuck JLuck is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 5
JLuck is on a distinguished road
Default

JP...thank you for your reply. I figured most seem to charge by the hourly rate they want, then calculate the hours the job will take. I just didn't know if some look at bumping that up some or not for more severe type jobs like this one. I guess it would even out in that your hours for a job like this would just simply be longer.

Any others wish to comment on what you do?

Jim
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-22-2010, 09:38 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 JLuck View Post
JP...thank you for your reply. I figured most seem to charge by the hourly rate they want, then calculate the hours the job will take. I just didn't know if some look at bumping that up some or not for more severe type jobs like this one. I guess it would even out in that your hours for a job like this would just simply be longer.

Any others wish to comment on what you do?

Jim
I would not bump it up just don't short change yourself on the hours. I would also charge some type of a disposal fee as you are going to have to pay one when you get to the landfill.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-22-2010, 08:01 PM
mburse1977's Avatar
mburse1977 mburse1977 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 67
Rep Power: 5
mburse1977 is on a distinguished road
Default

You can learn form my mistakes if it helps. Something i thought would take 6 hours took 15 so be very careful when guessing on how long it will take and go way higher than you think you can always give them a credit if it dose not take that long but you can never add too what you said that easy.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-22-2010, 11:23 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,616
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

It seems if you can come up with a hourly range as far as how long the job will take, you would probably do alright if you doubled that!

You may not think so at the moment, but after you do the job, come back here and tell us how long it actually took you and what you learned from it all.
__________________
- 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
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
What do you offer? (Spring Cleanup) CHEESE2009 Community Assistance 9 03-26-2010 08:46 PM
Spring cleanup quote tomcat172002 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 3 04-16-2009 10:31 PM
Spring Cleanup lakeeffect Starting a lawn care business. 13 03-07-2009 09:42 PM
Spring Has Sprung In Georgia So Spring Your Business Green_Day Promote your products or services 0 02-06-2009 10:17 PM
How much for a dog cleanup franchise? Steve Franchise Building, Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders, & Innovators Discussions 0 10-11-2007 11:50 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
Today 11:36 AM
by stevef1201
2 8,598
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
Today 10:27 AM
by kslawn
6 423
Happy Thanksgiving!
Steve
Today 09:48 AM
Today 09:48 AM
by Steve
0 26
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
Yesterday 10:30 PM
by Just Cuts
1,194 348,953
Contract or no contract?
TRV
11-20-2014 09:18 PM
Yesterday 09:23 PM
by stevef1201
5 289
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
Yesterday 09:16 PM
by stevef1201
9 349
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
Yesterday 07:32 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
4 453
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
Yesterday 07:22 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
178 14,297
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
Yesterday 07:16 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 1,414
Pics for website
tbtigers03
11-21-2014 05:40 PM
Yesterday 12:12 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 251
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
Yesterday 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 78
WNY saying Hi.
Sargewesser
11-25-2014 07:27 AM
Yesterday 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 84
How to: Use Thumbtack...
acrajchel
11-17-2014 06:39 PM
Yesterday 11:19 AM
by Steve
18 659
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
Yesterday 10:58 AM
by Steve
10 411
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 12:45 PM
Yesterday 10:57 AM
by Steve
22 6,305
Billboards for marketing
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-16-2014 08:39 PM
Yesterday 10:40 AM
by Steve
14 471
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
Yesterday 01:08 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
25 2,607
How much do you up sell...
Essex Groundskeeping
11-23-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 06:29 PM
by stevef1201
8 231
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 05:56 PM
11-24-2014 05:49 PM
by biglee
16 3,271
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 04:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 703
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
11-23-2014 07:40 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 364
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
11-22-2014 10:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
16 591
Belt dealer problem
googus
11-21-2014 08:45 AM
11-21-2014 06:36 PM
by Steve
2 195
What is going on with...
biglee
11-14-2014 03:04 PM
11-20-2014 02:50 PM
by biglee
40 1,048
My advice for new guys
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 09:32 AM
11-19-2014 01:47 PM
by biglee
10 594
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 02:23 PM
11-19-2014 12:39 PM
by acrajchel
28 1,962
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 10:19 PM
11-18-2014 04:24 PM
by acrajchel
14 1,534
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
10-24-2014 05:14 PM
11-17-2014 07:34 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,270
sod job
SGlawncare
10-30-2014 09:21 PM
11-17-2014 07:10 PM
by acrajchel
7 858
Customer wants me to...
Mr. Mow
11-09-2014 07:13 AM
11-17-2014 06:48 PM
by acrajchel
10 635
Hello!
Brian3137
11-11-2014 07:15 PM
11-17-2014 06:46 PM
by acrajchel
14 557
small biz in Phoenix,AZ
anthonyramos1
11-08-2014 09:35 PM
11-17-2014 05:59 PM
by acrajchel
2 394
Client won't pay...
WesleySnips
10-30-2014 03:53 PM
11-17-2014 05:37 PM
by acrajchel
22 1,474
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
11-17-2014 12:59 PM
by Steve
2 334
Need help on deciding a...
Brian3137
11-10-2014 06:32 PM
11-17-2014 12:44 PM
by Steve
12 603
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 10:51 PM
11-16-2014 07:54 AM
by stevef1201
8 1,685
So how do you guys...
Mr. Mow
10-26-2014 08:55 AM
11-15-2014 08:44 AM
by avetslawncare
14 1,810
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
11-13-2014 08:35 AM
by jrs.landscaping
81 31,984
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 03:45 PM
11-12-2014 05:05 PM
by stevef1201
14 1,779
A little hang up in snow...
stevef1201
11-08-2014 07:05 AM
11-12-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
4 514
Bi-weekly winter...
lxarth
11-04-2014 08:37 PM
11-12-2014 10:06 AM
by WesleySnips
9 721
taking first steps...
sizemorelawncare
11-10-2014 08:24 PM
11-11-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
1 408
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
11-11-2014 08:12 AM
by Just for Cuts
4 468
Business Cards
crieg122
10-25-2014 01:03 PM
11-11-2014 07:56 AM
by Just for Cuts
12 1,421
How the unregister?
alive101
11-04-2014 07:39 AM
11-10-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
4 683
Belt adjustment question
googus
11-05-2014 06:43 AM
11-10-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
5 585
Podcast
Shark1611
11-07-2014 05:42 PM
11-10-2014 11:41 AM
by Steve
1 380
hi, from Minnesota
rjklohn
11-07-2014 02:21 AM
11-07-2014 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 401
New to snow plowing
SS.Lawncare
11-05-2014 04:00 PM
11-07-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
6 663
New Member
tonyap
11-05-2014 10:35 PM
11-07-2014 01:15 PM
by Steve
1 444
» Popular Tags
4wd aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying bid billy goat brushcutter blades bush charge christmas decorating deliquentaccounts ditches employee problems equipment rental estimate ferris first truck foreman georgia gopherhaul growing a lawn care business hiring how much to charge how to husqvarna hydraulic installation introduction landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website marketing mechanic monthly mulch mulch price new business new mower ordinance per hour charge podcast profit on employee reo running a business savannah scag v-ride shreaded snow plowing starting a business start up lawn care business steep lawns steve stihl toro trailer trailer mate pro truck new used landscape walk behind walker won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:58 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:58 PM.

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