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 ASAP please!


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 03-21-2011, 08:53 PM
semperfi_lawn_guy semperfi_lawn_guy is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 1
Rep Power: 0
semperfi_lawn_guy is on a distinguished road
Exclamation Need help ASAP please!

Hello! I just joined today as I was doing some research for bidding a development. The guy called me today and needs the bid by tomorrow morning. I am relatively new to this, and it's my first big job opportunity. This property is located in Sevierville, TN. I really need this! Here's some info:

I have a 54 inch husq. zero turn, back pack blower, trimmers, etc

The job is a cabin development that has 32 cabins and common area. I was able to pull it up on google earth to give a visual. I outlined the area in red. Unfortunately I really don't have time to measure it out and all that.



They want a year contract to include:

Mowing as needed (average here is 15-17 cuts per year)
weed eating
blowing off
fall clean up
storm clean up
winter plowing and salting

Please help if you can!! I have to get this in asap! Thanks!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg LoneBranch.jpg (213.6 KB, 1 views)
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 03-21-2011, 09:35 PM
psparaco psparaco is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Rosedale, Maryland
Age: 38
Posts: 199
Rep Power: 7
psparaco is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
the way i would do it in maryland is look up the county deed info online for that address. find out the exact total square foot of the property. subtract out the houses, driveways and roads and go from there. without it. u could take an an average cabin yard on google earth and mulitply is by how many cabins there are.

We charge seperate for fall cleanup, storm cleanup and snow removal. reason for this. amount of leaves each year vary. wind blows alot. leaves go someplace else. same with storms and snow. not all storms or snow storms are alike. some dump 2 inches of snow verses 20 inches. price can vary alot. weed eating and blowing is covered in the basic lawn maintenence package.

hypothetically speaking. each cabin lot is 10,000sqft. say you charge $30.00 each.
$30 x 32 cabins = $960 per week for all cabins. add in the extra areas, etc. then times 16 cuts a year. and thats a little over 15,000 for the year.

personally. i would tell the owner you need more time to give an accurate bid. you need to visit the site. and take measurements, note any obstructions, etc. if he cant honor that and give you more time then he is trying to screw you over by forcing you to make a mistake and either underbid or overbid it.

ex: you quote him 15,000 for a yearly contract. you get out there and do the work and discover. "oh poop" its alot more then you thought. now you have to eat the extra work or try to get more money out of it. if tyou over bid, you risk not getting the job.

if i was in your shoes. i'd learn as much as you can about the site as you can from site visits. talking to the owner in person. walking the grounds. explain you charge for 1-6" of snow XXX and every 6 inches add in another xx dollars. its a tricky thing with snow removal. same with leaf cleanup and storm damage. be careful on this one and good luck.

dont know if i helped or not.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-21-2011, 11:40 PM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 912
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default

Here's my take on this:

Mowing 32 cabins x $20 = $640

Number of Weeks = X 17 ( Give a buffer in case)
__________
$10800.00
=======================================
Fall Cleanup 32 Cabins x $75 x 2 cleanups = $4800.00
=======================================
Winter Plowing & Salting, Assuming you are salting all roads and driveways
(Price includes salt)

32 Cabins x $50 x (Avg # of storms in your area) = $?????
================================================== ===
Then add up to get your total. Then divide by 12 months for the monthly payment for them.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-22-2011, 07:26 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,343
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
The job is a cabin development that has 32 cabins and common area. I was able to pull it up on google earth to give a visual. I outlined the area in red. Unfortunately I really don't have time to measure it out and all that.
You wouldn't bid on a single one of those cabins without going there and checking it out first, let alone 32 of them!

You are going to need to figure out the total area to be mowed. The total amount of linear feet of trimming.

What is your plan on the snow plowing bid? Are you going to charge them a fee per plow or try to calculate one price for the season?

How many man hours will it take you to perform
Mowing as needed (average here is 15-17 cuts per year) = ?
weed eating = ?
blowing off = ?
fall clean up = ?
storm clean up = ?
winter plowing and salting = ?

Let us know what you come up with and don't be rushed to bid on it. Take the time you need to come up with an accurate bid.
__________________
- 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
Need Help Asap! Mattcrump Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 22 11-14-2010 01:30 AM
Commercial bid need help ASAP winkie61 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 3 03-20-2010 09:01 PM
hello newbie here needs help asap michael r Community Assistance 2 12-17-2009 06:27 AM
please HELP ASAP Grass Masters, LLC General Talk 8 05-28-2009 09:12 PM
help asap!! VogelLawnService Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 2 03-05-2007 02:39 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
More Rain or Less?
Steve
05-20-2015 12:06 PM
Today 04:37 PM
by SGL1
12 212
uploading video on here?
holymoly
Today 08:13 AM
Today 10:26 AM
by Matther777
1 32
What a JERK!
Chilehead
05-06-2015 08:13 AM
Today 08:23 AM
by luckylogger
10 608
new here ! need help
pgrace
Yesterday 11:29 PM
Yesterday 11:29 PM
by pgrace
0 40
Equipment dealers
mattthelawnguy
05-21-2015 04:33 PM
Yesterday 10:24 PM
by Chilehead
3 93
Irrigation
pboy8634
02-21-2010 12:46 PM
05-22-2015 10:05 PM
by biglee
25 8,413
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
05-22-2015 09:58 PM
by biglee
37 9,086
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
05-21-2015 11:23 PM
by biglee
13 340
Peace garden ideas
SGL1
05-13-2015 03:15 PM
05-21-2015 07:51 PM
by avetslawncare
16 480
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
by Just for Cuts
0 80
problems with a customer
LawnCareMan280
05-19-2015 06:28 PM
05-21-2015 02:58 PM
by Just for Cuts
4 154
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
05-20-2015 09:18 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
84 6,768
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
05-19-2015 08:22 PM
by SGL1
15 794
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-19-2015 04:12 PM
by NinaMarie86
1,223 389,312
New Lawn Service
carmelitaslawnservice
05-19-2015 10:02 AM
05-19-2015 02:51 PM
by Steve
1 106
Landscaper Jailed After...
SGL1
05-18-2015 08:15 AM
05-19-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
5 201
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
05-19-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
38 1,972
feeling like im being...
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:33 AM
05-19-2015 02:11 PM
by Steve
6 210
good news yesterday
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:08 AM
05-19-2015 06:16 AM
by Bradcook21
3 142
ignition coil
jasonw
05-12-2015 05:31 PM
05-18-2015 12:07 PM
by Steve
3 262
Anyone need help? I have...
biglee
05-06-2015 12:22 PM
05-18-2015 12:06 PM
by Steve
13 674
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
05-15-2015 08:46 PM
by biglee
22 1,483
big dog mowers?
Bradcook21
05-13-2015 04:03 PM
05-14-2015 10:55 AM
by Steve
4 287
Small HOA Bid
lxarth
05-06-2015 10:37 PM
05-13-2015 11:55 AM
by Steve
9 503
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
05-13-2015 11:51 AM
by Steve
11 641
Fired for refusing to...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:15 AM
05-12-2015 01:36 PM
by Steve
6 499
I have ZERO confidence...
Just for Cuts
05-01-2015 04:24 PM
05-12-2015 03:53 AM
by jrs.landscaping
31 1,084
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
05-11-2015 01:15 PM
by Steve
6 1,020
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
05-10-2015 07:50 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,050
Bought my first STIHL...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:29 AM
05-10-2015 08:36 AM
by Mr. Mow
9 411
advice wanted please and...
CHenricks
05-07-2015 08:40 PM
05-08-2015 04:20 PM
by CHenricks
7 430
Hello
SallyBorowicz
05-06-2015 11:14 AM
05-08-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
3 340
Mower Advice
tl757
05-06-2015 02:31 PM
05-08-2015 01:45 PM
by Steve
6 464
Home today...Still...
biglee
05-06-2015 11:59 AM
05-07-2015 12:06 PM
by biglee
2 339
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
05-07-2015 11:17 AM
by Steve
79 3,952
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
05-07-2015 10:57 AM
by Steve
16 1,029
Looking good
mrsmichigan
05-06-2015 09:47 AM
05-07-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
1 291
What are your biggest...
Steve
05-05-2015 01:24 PM
05-07-2015 10:52 AM
by Steve
2 336
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
05-06-2015 07:15 PM
by TheYardGuy
12 1,101
Go daddy web site and...
jcurr33
05-04-2015 06:00 PM
05-05-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
2 367
How busy are you now?
Steve
05-04-2015 01:10 PM
05-05-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 401
mowfinder
scaypa
04-27-2015 05:44 PM
05-04-2015 01:14 PM
by Steve
1 433
Latest video, Facebook...
Sprinkler Buddy
05-01-2015 06:54 AM
05-04-2015 01:09 PM
by Steve
3 398
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
05-01-2015 11:38 AM
by Steve
8 816
so i need somehelp with...
dalvan0
04-28-2015 07:43 PM
04-30-2015 10:55 PM
by avetslawncare
3 712
Anyone have a Lawn Care...
nishirandall
04-28-2015 08:45 PM
04-30-2015 12:00 AM
by Steve
1 476
mowing pic
joshlawncare
04-25-2015 12:34 PM
04-29-2015 10:55 PM
by Steve
5 580
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
04-29-2015 10:47 PM
by Steve
4 472
Ford F250 Wheel loaders...
jrs.landscaping
04-28-2015 05:34 AM
04-29-2015 07:47 AM
by jrs.landscaping
2 433
Correct me if I'm wrong...
SGL1
04-26-2015 02:41 PM
04-28-2015 06:57 AM
by SGL1
12 610
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying bark bob villa bush commercial deliquentaccounts demonstration design ditches door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer estimate free advertising google grass growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills how to hydraulic jobs landscape services landscaping training lawn lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets mulch new business new mower ordinance past due patio install per hour charge per hour service profit on employee scag scag v-ride scripts secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns swzt theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape web design website website design winterization won't return wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:53 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:53 PM.

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