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.

Bidding Help (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 08-12-2011, 08:58 AM
Cnclawns Cnclawns is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Schuylerville, NY.
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 4
Cnclawns is on a distinguished road
Default Bidding Help (please)

Hello Everyone

I need some help bidding on a job. Here is the job! Soccer field which is 7.5 acres of grass to cut. 1 softball field and 1 baseball field entrance way and surrounding area's. I live in upstate New York. This would be my 3rd commercial job I was figuring approximately 120$ per acre which would include trimming. any thoughts too high too low just right.
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 08-12-2011, 01:35 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Welcome to our forum!

What would be the total area needed to be mowed?

How many linear feet of grass would you be having to trim?

What kind of mower are you mowing the lawn with? How wide is it?

Have you experimented with using the lawn care calculators on this site?

Once you enter these figures, it should give you a pretty accurate time estimate to perform the job.
__________________
- 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 08-12-2011, 07:43 PM
Cnclawns Cnclawns is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Schuylerville, NY.
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 4
Cnclawns is on a distinguished road
Default Mowing soccer fields

I have estimated the property at 435,000 square feet which is ten acres of mowing that needs to be done. 7.5 acres of straight Field and 2 ball fields with some mowing around the perimeter of the park. 2200 feet of trimming and no blowing off clippings. I am only a company of 1 and may be getting in over my head but the bid is open and I want to go full steam so that I can do what I like to do on a daily basis. I am using a 52" ztr and a echo weed whacker. I don't want to over price this job but don't want to lose my shirt either. according to the calculator it states that it will take me 80 minutes to mow 1 acre and weed whack 900 ft. I find that kind of high and the calculator does not give me the option to input 10 acres and 2200 feet of trimming. If I add the times per acre for 10 it states that it will take 13.3 hours to do this job I find that hard to believe. I am thinking of quoting this job for the remainder of the season here in NY for the total of 10,400.00 $ that is equivilant to 800.00$ per cut for 13 weeks. Am I on drugs that just seems like a ton of cash. I also got a ball park figure from another company and he charges anywhere from 150.00-200.00 per acre holy smokes please HELP me
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-12-2011, 07:59 PM
shadrach's Avatar
shadrach shadrach is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 256
Rep Power: 5
shadrach is on a distinguished road
Default

I can't see where that would possibly take you more than 6-6.5 hours with a 52.
I would be around 4-4.5 hours with a 61 & that is probably on the high side for time.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-13-2011, 01:50 PM
lxarth lxarth is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 137
Rep Power: 5
lxarth is on a distinguished road
Default

If you found that you need to charge $120 an acre to make money, where is the problem?

I think fields like what you are describing will actually take longer then you expect. They need the fields looking perfect, so you might be asked to patch spots that get torn up from play, so you have to consider that too.

When I first started this I started doing bids for full service on regular residential lawns, and I wanted to raise my prices, but I was thinking "holy crap, that's a lot of money I'm going to be asked from them".

Now, though, I have a price, and I stick to it.

If you know that ABC Landscaping down the street charges $150-$200 per acre, maybe you should raise your price some to stay competitive. You don't want to be too low. Why not just undercut his price by $5-$10?

$145/acre.

Also, do these people want fertilizer? Weed control? Liming?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-13-2011, 06:16 PM
Cnclawns Cnclawns is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Schuylerville, NY.
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 4
Cnclawns is on a distinguished road
Default

No fertilizer no weed control just cut
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-15-2011, 06:16 AM
Site*Rite Site*Rite is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 4
Site*Rite is on a distinguished road
Lightbulb Opinion only

HI...
you're post just caught my eye - i should tell you, i don't do much mowing/trimming these days, but i do bid jobs quite often. My accnts are mostly maintenance oriented for vacation homes & rental props, but i liked the direction of the response you got from lxarth, -"I think fields like what you are describing will actually take longer then you expect.." AMEN! your goal should be on quality - not speed!! Consider why they don't want the Fertilizer & other Svcs lumped in with a new contractor??? Maybe cuz it's not their first rodeo! (...you know, the all eggs in one basket thing.)
Perform well in one aspect and your opportunity to secure the other services will follow in due time.

I fail to understand the constant emphasis on SPEED -I can't see where that would possibly take you more than 6-6.5 hours with a 52.
I would be around 4-4.5 hours with a 61 & that is probably on the high side for time.
WHATEVER! Unless you're running late to get the White House lawn mowed for a state Dinner, focus on doing it right!

SURE - Bid per acre, bid for linear feet, but work for reputation! Good Luck.
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 on a job and need help! PJM Starting a lawn care business. 4 03-01-2011 04:50 PM
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 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
Business Cards
crieg122
Today 12:03 PM
Today 01:02 PM
by biglee
1 47
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 01:23 PM
Today 12:54 PM
by biglee
6 255
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 09:19 PM
Today 12:09 PM
by biglee
10 334
Leaf Box & Loader Set...
ringahding1
10-21-2014 06:20 AM
Today 11:46 AM
by crieg122
6 339
Gie-review / What's new...
ExtremeLawncareServices
Today 09:19 AM
Today 09:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
0 45
Dealing With Gas Can...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:41 PM
Today 08:37 AM
by Dan Tanner
10 394
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
Yesterday 04:14 PM
Today 06:47 AM
by Mr. Mow
3 139
My Newest Toy (B.P....
Dan Tanner
10-23-2014 05:50 PM
Today 05:06 AM
by Dan Tanner
2 176
hey everyone
robert8509
10-22-2014 08:16 PM
Yesterday 11:07 PM
by robert8509
7 258
new to the forum
madmedic8575
Yesterday 02:52 PM
Yesterday 02:52 PM
by madmedic8575
0 85
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
Yesterday 01:00 PM
by Steve
11 932
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
10-23-2014 08:07 AM
10-23-2014 11:08 PM
by Chilehead
2 180
Cheapskate Landlord...
Mr. Mow
10-20-2014 06:33 AM
10-23-2014 05:55 PM
by biglee
13 491
Hi from SoCal
Jmoney
10-23-2014 11:29 AM
10-23-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
1 149
Workmans compensation...
CDLAWNCARE
10-15-2014 08:05 AM
10-23-2014 12:33 PM
by Steve
5 605
Pda
stevef1201
10-18-2014 02:05 PM
10-23-2014 06:12 AM
by ringahding1
4 431
Hello, from TEXAS
sanchez5
10-17-2014 09:56 PM
10-22-2014 01:27 PM
by Steve
6 500
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 06:05 PM
10-22-2014 01:23 PM
by Steve
3 476
Hi Steve From West...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:59 PM
10-22-2014 01:19 PM
by Steve
1 246
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
10-22-2014 08:51 AM
by ringahding1
12 1,613
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
10-22-2014 07:47 AM
by ringahding1
4 1,447
What parts do you carry...
Just for Cuts
10-17-2014 09:08 AM
10-21-2014 01:36 PM
by Mr. Mow
16 751
Jungle to Beautiful
stevef1201
10-17-2014 09:54 AM
10-21-2014 01:26 PM
by stevef1201
11 603
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
10-21-2014 01:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
158 11,543
Sunny Beach Tennis...
SGL1
10-19-2014 11:24 PM
10-21-2014 01:04 PM
by SGL1
4 351
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
10-20-2014 08:34 PM
by biglee
10 1,924
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
10-20-2014 05:42 PM
by SGL1
7 1,409
how to fi d commercial...
mchampion319
10-19-2014 09:50 PM
10-20-2014 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 316
Hello From Tennessee
mrmann901
10-17-2014 10:02 PM
10-20-2014 04:24 PM
by Steve
1 383
questions on order to...
jack2048
10-13-2014 11:15 AM
10-20-2014 03:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 843
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
10-20-2014 02:14 PM
by Steve
14 2,306
Cement mixer
KevinsLawns
10-15-2014 08:03 PM
10-20-2014 02:11 PM
by Steve
7 577
Hello ! New guy Rob here
RWorthley1
10-17-2014 04:05 PM
10-20-2014 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 418
Snow Blowing
gwilson98
10-12-2014 02:21 PM
10-17-2014 02:51 PM
by Steve
6 757
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
10-17-2014 07:49 AM
by SGL1
6 1,065
Grasswhoopins.com Anyone...
GRASS WHOOPINS
06-21-2011 11:38 PM
10-16-2014 01:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
42 9,445
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 10:04 PM
10-15-2014 09:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 780
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
10-15-2014 06:43 PM
by NHray
1,190 340,465
Do you find weed eating...
chuck2s
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
by chuck2s
0 504
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
10-01-2014 09:39 PM
10-15-2014 01:37 PM
by kslawn
20 1,605
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
10-15-2014 05:57 AM
by ringahding1
8 1,610
Apartment Complex and...
lxarth
06-22-2011 01:10 PM
10-14-2014 06:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
42 9,715
I LOVE hedge trimming
stevef1201
10-13-2014 09:05 AM
10-14-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
5 635
Help with seeder...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-09-2014 07:39 AM
10-13-2014 08:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 795
The Market watch
WesleySnips
10-12-2014 08:47 PM
10-13-2014 05:40 PM
by SGL1
3 640
Help pricing a large...
Bradcook21
10-07-2014 06:49 AM
10-13-2014 02:00 PM
by Steve
7 989
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 04:24 PM
10-13-2014 06:46 AM
by Billy Goat
19 1,643
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
10-12-2014 10:53 PM
by SGL1
2 952
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
10-12-2014 06:20 PM
by kslawn
25 1,777
Credit card contract
SGL1
10-06-2014 05:31 PM
10-12-2014 03:40 PM
by SGL1
18 1,180
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying bob villa bush charge christmas commercial deliquentaccounts demonstration exmark ferris first truck georgia gopherhaul gravely hardscapes hills holiday honda how much to charge how to hydraulic labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business book 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 lawn care website seo lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic monthly mowing mulch mulch price new business patio install podcast property management company push versus ride savannah scag scag v-ride seo shell snow plowing starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business stihl sulky toro tractor auger trailer mate pro tree truck new used landscape walker won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:57 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:57 PM.

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