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.

Christmas tree lights, prices 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 10-15-2010, 10:30 PM
turboflyer turboflyer is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 8
Rep Power: 6
turboflyer is on a distinguished road
Default Christmas tree lights, prices please?

I have a customer who is ready to pay!
i have never hung lights before and i'm trying to find out what to charge per square foot?

like cost of lights and clips + $/sq ft. ???
LED lights preference.
how many strands can be connected together, and pluged into one outlet?
common times to start hanging, and when to take down?

anything helps! please let me know what you charge, and where you order from, or stay away from (on ordering)

thanks in advance!

A.L.L. Services llc
Chris
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 10-16-2010, 02:28 PM
MAKLawnCutter MAKLawnCutter is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central FL
Age: 31
Posts: 249
Rep Power: 6
MAKLawnCutter is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Personally i would charge "Per Light" at about 25 to 35 CENTS per light. Charge a "Material" cost for your clips/hangers and go from there. Sell the service as a HOLIDAY LIGHT INSTALLING service. I have been pushing it since about mid september. Have about 2500 door hangers out, a little early in the season for large jobs.

Here is a sight for your wiring circuits.

http://www.centsibleholidaylighting....watts-amps.htm

Matt
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-16-2010, 09:08 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,821
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Matt,

How do you handle estimating second story light hanging versus single story? Or do you bill it all the same?

Do you include a difficulty factor in your billing for jobs that will take a lot of moving of a ladder etc?
__________________
- 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
  #4  
Old 10-17-2010, 06:31 PM
The Cleaning Doctor's Avatar
The Cleaning Doctor The Cleaning Doctor is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Helena, MT
Posts: 927
Rep Power: 7
The Cleaning Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default

Since it is too late to order your lights you will have to do with what is local.

First off you have to find out what light style they want C5, C7, Mini or Icicle etc. You then will have to go price them. As far as how many you can hook together, read the box, it will tell you. Also price a photo timer so lights will come on automatically. On LED you can hook more strings together than the original style lights. Don't forget that you will need extension cords also.

If you do a search on the web you can find free trial software that will let you design the lighting from a photo of the house that you can show the home owner. I can't remember what I used last year.

For the labor charge, you have to figure out how long you think it will take you and then apply your hourly charge. I did a large home last year with a first floor and in the center a second floor and 4 pillars in about 4 hours by myself.

Don't get any of the gimmick light hanging tools like the long poles, they do not work. Just get your ladder and climb up there.

Hope this helps.
__________________
Pat
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-18-2010, 12:50 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,821
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I did a large home last year with a first floor and in the center a second floor and 4 pillars in about 4 hours by myself.
Do you have a picture of that job? I'd love to see it. Also what did you do about removing them? Did you include that in the original bid or did they call you later to remove them?
__________________
- 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
  #6  
Old 10-18-2010, 05:19 PM
The Cleaning Doctor's Avatar
The Cleaning Doctor The Cleaning Doctor is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Helena, MT
Posts: 927
Rep Power: 7
The Cleaning Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default

I was never there after dark so these will have to do. The customer loved them. The hardest part was the section on the second floor on either side that goes back to the roof. Very steep one there. I included the removal in the price and it only took me about 1.25 hours to remove and box up.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSC06845.JPG (147.9 KB, 11 views)
__________________
Pat
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-19-2010, 11:04 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,821
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Pat this is a great learning lesson. Ok so the job took 4 hrs to put up and 1.25 hours to remove?

What price range do you feel others should be charging for such a job?

What was the toughest part about this job?

Would you have done anything differently with 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
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
Christmas lights hounddog Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 7 08-16-2010 08:10 AM
Christmas tree delivery Steve General Business Discussions 0 11-30-2008 01:42 PM
Christmas Lights Adair's Landscape Starting a lawn care business. 7 11-07-2008 07:19 AM
Removing Christmas Tree Lights! Steve General Business Discussions 0 01-19-2008 01:57 AM
Christmas Lights? LGYardService General Talk 10 12-06-2007 10:06 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
back surgery
Bradcook21
01-28-2016 08:51 PM
Today 01:18 AM
by Steve
15 373
Howdy Yall !!!
B&C
Yesterday 10:06 AM
Today 01:05 AM
by Steve
1 24
Help Spread the word...
Sprinkler Buddy
12-02-2015 08:41 AM
Today 01:02 AM
by Steve
18 1,283
hello
2menandmowers
Yesterday 07:32 AM
Today 12:53 AM
by Steve
1 24
Best two stroke oil
Greg_TopYardServices
02-08-2016 07:53 PM
Today 12:51 AM
by Steve
8 115
Hello everyone!!!
1newkirk05
02-09-2016 03:16 PM
Yesterday 04:05 PM
by jrs.landscaping
7 112
Tine Rake Detaching vs...
wigglesworth
02-09-2016 05:32 PM
02-09-2016 07:43 PM
by Steve
1 45
Finding open bids?!?
C&DPropertyManagement
02-07-2016 01:48 AM
02-09-2016 07:11 PM
by Steve
3 115
hello all
romanlandscape
01-29-2016 03:46 PM
02-07-2016 10:20 AM
by Bradcook21
6 220
Lawn Care Book Ranked #1
Steve
02-06-2016 12:36 AM
02-06-2016 12:36 AM
by Steve
0 100
Hi
Sellers Lawn Care
02-02-2016 01:48 PM
02-05-2016 08:03 AM
by Sellers Lawn Care
4 168
Collecting payments from...
Niagara Mowing
02-03-2016 05:21 PM
02-05-2016 08:00 AM
by Niagara Mowing
7 218
SMS assist? The good,...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:24 PM
02-04-2016 11:53 PM
by Steve
5 254
I need some help...
Anise
02-04-2016 01:39 PM
02-04-2016 11:51 PM
by Steve
3 133
Customers dodging the...
Rocky
11-06-2015 06:22 AM
02-04-2016 03:41 AM
by C&DPropertyManagement
7 1,500
Offering a "Trial"...
wybut076
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
02-03-2016 08:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
7 255
Iowa Caucus Predictions?
Steve
02-01-2016 06:31 PM
02-03-2016 12:40 AM
by Steve
1 112
Laying White River Rock
DiamondLawnCare
02-01-2016 08:27 PM
02-03-2016 12:17 AM
by Steve
1 134
Networking for a...
jcurr33
01-30-2016 09:26 PM
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
by Steve
4 206
Customer giving a 1099?
apmAkron
01-27-2016 07:22 PM
01-31-2016 08:55 PM
by Chilehead
6 271
happy to be here
redrobin
01-29-2016 10:45 AM
01-31-2016 08:44 PM
by Steve
1 149
Thought's on an "E-Z...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:48 PM
01-31-2016 08:38 PM
by Steve
4 241
Changes
Knaubone
01-30-2016 10:56 PM
01-31-2016 08:31 PM
by Steve
1 135
Thoughts on this Exmark...
googus
01-28-2016 04:24 PM
01-28-2016 08:09 PM
by Chilehead
1 155
1st year in
jcurr33
10-18-2015 05:07 PM
01-28-2016 07:49 PM
by Chilehead
6 4,147
Need opinion on zero...
Mr. Mow
01-24-2016 05:42 PM
01-28-2016 07:41 PM
by Chilehead
10 368
Opinion on liquid vs...
Bradcook21
01-25-2016 02:03 PM
01-28-2016 07:38 PM
by Chilehead
9 318
Finding property size
Gageslawncare
01-25-2016 11:08 AM
01-28-2016 12:05 PM
by Gageslawncare
10 328
Tiger TG 2661 Commercial...
lawnman1959
01-25-2016 08:12 PM
01-27-2016 07:57 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 256
Spouse as a dependent?
Steve
01-26-2016 01:51 AM
01-27-2016 10:44 AM
by Chilehead
3 213
Hello All
C&DPropertyManagement
01-23-2016 12:21 PM
01-26-2016 01:24 AM
by Steve
1 185
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 04:04 PM
01-23-2016 03:43 PM
by C&DPropertyManagement
17 7,698
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 08:43 PM
01-19-2016 07:00 PM
by Steve
12 646
State of the nation 2016.
Steve
01-12-2016 12:05 AM
01-19-2016 06:57 PM
by Steve
6 395
little help? first big...
Brian3137
12-31-2015 12:39 PM
01-19-2016 06:54 PM
by Steve
23 1,098
Hi everybody...
Greg_TopYardServices
01-14-2016 08:10 AM
01-19-2016 02:47 PM
by SC93
12 466
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 12:54 PM
01-17-2016 08:48 PM
by Homeland unlimited
25 7,935
Plow controller problems
scaypa
01-12-2016 05:49 PM
01-16-2016 10:46 AM
by scaypa
4 303
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
01-15-2016 07:23 PM
by tannerduncan
1,244 428,156
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 07:15 AM
01-15-2016 11:20 AM
by djlandscaping06
23 5,431
New College Course
Dr. D
01-14-2016 01:45 PM
01-14-2016 05:35 PM
by Steve
1 220
Yelp
Shark1611
01-13-2016 10:00 AM
01-14-2016 05:32 PM
by Steve
4 276
New to the forum from...
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:23 PM
01-14-2016 08:34 AM
by Doug Green
2 258
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 08:49 AM
01-13-2016 10:20 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 943
Choosing local business
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:29 PM
01-13-2016 06:12 PM
by Steve
2 425
4 Seasons Landscaping LLC
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:56 PM
01-12-2016 12:59 PM
by Doug Green
1 280
2016 business goals
OxfordOS
01-09-2016 04:19 PM
01-12-2016 08:36 AM
by mowandblow1980
15 592
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:59 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:59 AM.

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