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Leaf Removal Estimate - may be tricky (pics)


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Hi.

I was at a customer's home a week ago doing some work and ended up chatting with a lady who was out for a walk. She asked if I could drop off an estimate to clean up the leaves at her house.

Honestly, I've never really done it before (leaf cleanup), so I'm at a loss as to how long it may take, as well as what method would be best suited. (see below)
I have very few trees around my home and the little bit I do get, I vac up with the mower.

First of all, this is what I'm limited to working with:
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Gas hand held Craftsman 25cc/215mph blower/vac

Now for the tricky part. This home has what appears to be more mulched beds than grass. The beds "surround" the property and extend about 20 feet in from the street on two sides.

There are also a ton of large accent rocks and shrubs, which I'd imagine cause a lot of extra work because they trap leaves around them.

I've used my blower to gather up leaves at my neighbor's house, but that was in an area only about 25'x25', on grass... can leaves be blown from mulched areas without blowing the mulch with them?

Here are some crappy cell phone pics to give you a better idea of what I'm talking about...












Is this something that I'm going to have to price really high? To my inexperienced eye, it looks like a tough job, as it's not a traditional grass lawn.
How long do you think it would take this noob to get that done?
Looks like a 4 hour job to me, but that's just a wild guess.


Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Typically leaves are alot lighter than mulch. Use the blower to blow them out of the beds. Start with the blower being away from the bed, gradually get a bit closer to them and once the leaves begin to blow out you are close enough to the bed to remove the leaves. Probably 3 -4 feet away from the area should leave the mulch in place. I would say by the pics, your looking at 3-4 hours if your doing it by yourself. I typically charge $30 per hour for leaf cleanup and give estimate reflecting how long I think it will take.
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I was at a customer's home a week ago doing some work and ended up chatting with a lady who was out for a walk. She asked if I could drop off an estimate to clean up the leaves at her house.
Do you have any signs on your truck or trailer? Or did she stop to talk to you because you were working on their property? Did you have business cards on you to give to her?

I bet you could get a lot more customers this way.

Did you place the bid yet? Keep us posted on how it all goes and how many man hours it actually took compared to how many you thought it would take in the beginning.
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Do you have any signs on your truck or trailer? Or did she stop to talk to you because you were working on their property? Did you have business cards on you to give to her?

I bet you could get a lot more customers this way.

Did you place the bid yet? Keep us posted on how it all goes and how many man hours it actually took compared to how many you thought it would take in the beginning.

I have a small sign on the rear window of my truck cap, but she didn't see it, as she approached from the front of where the truck was parked.

I was installing a new lamp on a lamp post at the end of the sidewalk and she gave me a "Welcome to the neighborhood", assuming I was the new homeowner. (No uniform yet, btw) After I informed her that I was working for the homeowner, I commented that it was a nice neighborhood - "I like the trees", I said.
That turned into a chat about how much work the trees cause her in leaf cleanup. "Well, I'm starting my own lawn care business after having been out of work for some time now, so I guess the trees will keep me busy."
"Well, drop off an estimate in my mailbox when you get a chance", she said.

And yes, I handed her a card. Two actually... I always try to give them out in twos.



Now it's a matter of figuring out what to quote her, and how to gather them up.

Bag them? Blow them onto a tarp and haul them with my trailer? Where to get rid of them? How much will it cost to dump them?
Ugh.
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In my neighborhood, they come by with a huge vacuum and suck up all the leaves at the curb. I just take em out to the curb and its done. Check with the town and see if they do that by you. If you see other homes piling leaves at the curb, that may indicate that.
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Wow. I've never seen anything like that. Wouldn't THAT simplify things!

Thanks for your input. I appreciate it.
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i just done a 2 acre leaf cleanup, burnt the leaves and staged a compost pile with 1/4 of them..

However, Leaf blowers are called leaf blowers for a reason

This job is definetly a leaf blowing job, blow them all to a spot where you can bag them or load them on your trailer..

I charge typically (depending on the leaf amount and tree amount)

100-200 per acre.

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It makes you wonder, how many more neighbors would stop by to talk if you were even in a simple uniform.

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