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.

Help bidding Deck Staining


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 03-14-2011, 03:48 PM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 905
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default Help bidding Deck Staining

Got a call from a customer today about staining his deck and doing spring cleanup & plant some flowers etc. I have a question about staining decks, have not done that as yet, but am adding the service this year. The deck appears to be about 20 x 20 from the overhead shot. How do you bid the deck, by the footage and at what price? What should I use to stain the deck? Is staining enough, should a sealant be applied after the staining? Can that be an upsell?

http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=r3m...a%20pl%2014075

Last edited by jymie; 03-14-2011 at 03:50 PM.
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 03-14-2011, 04:47 PM
Simpkins's Avatar
Simpkins Simpkins is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Tri-State Area
Age: 33
Posts: 100
Rep Power: 4
Simpkins is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I'm no deck stainer but I would think you would want to put a sealant on no matter what.

As far as bidding the job, it depends on how you are applying the stain I guess. Do you have a deck you could experiment on to get an estimated time? This is what sucks about first adding on a new service, the first few you do may not yield very high profits. I've burnt myself several times.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-14-2011, 07:12 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

From doing my own deck, I would never take on a job doing someone else's unless I planned to make that service a regular thing.

It's a pain in the a$$ if you do it right, and depending on the age, current state of the existing stain, etc., there's more to it than just "spraying some stain on there." For example, if there is still a little bit of waterproofing ability left in the current wood treatment, and you try to just stain "over" it, the stain may not absorb into the wood evenly. Not so bad if using a "clear" stain, but if you use a semi-transparent color, you'll see the difference in color where it couldn't "get into" the pores.

I'm far from an expert, but I've done mine about four times now, and it's a pain.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-14-2011, 08:02 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: 5
The Cleaning Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default

You can give me a call with any questions 4064659334 and I will help you bid this. I have done quite a few decks and I can help you with what you need.

What you will find is that the first decks that you do, you will seem to take way too long but there is a learning curve. You will get faster the more you do. I love the WOW! you get when it is all cleaned up.

As far as a sealer..... It is all one product. The stain you apply IS the sealer, there is no need for a second product after the staining. As far as the Prep, that will depend on what is on the deck now.
__________________
Pat
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-14-2011, 08:34 PM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 905
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Cleaning Doctor View Post
You can give me a call with any questions 4064659334 and I will help you bid this. I have done quite a few decks and I can help you with what you need.

What you will find is that the first decks that you do, you will seem to take way too long but there is a learning curve. You will get faster the more you do. I love the WOW! you get when it is all cleaned up.

As far as a sealer..... It is all one product. The stain you apply IS the sealer, there is no need for a second product after the staining. As far as the Prep, that will depend on what is on the deck now.
Ok, I will give you a call Tuesday evening say 6pm est if that is ok?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-14-2011, 08:45 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: 5
The Cleaning Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default

works for me.
__________________
Pat
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-16-2011, 01:43 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,317
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
You can give me a call with any questions 4064659334 and I will help you bid this. I have done quite a few decks and I can help you with what you need.
What are some of your words of advise on bidding such jobs?

Any help you can share with us on this job will help others on their jobs too.
__________________
- 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
Deck Change? mr. phil Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 5 06-01-2010 11:04 PM
Deck Lift on Husqvarna walkerlawncare09 Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 3 04-10-2010 09:12 PM
Trak Vac Deck Boot shorthorn Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 7 11-04-2009 01:00 PM
Deck Pricing patphish123 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 13 05-04-2008 09:36 AM
Front or mid deck ztr? BladeWarrior General Business Discussions 5 02-11-2007 09:50 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
Yesterday 11:05 PM
by CaliforniaFriendly
3 199
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
Yesterday 05:12 PM
by jymie
6 301
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
Yesterday 03:37 PM
by Steve
8 240
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
Yesterday 03:27 PM
by Steve
3 141
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
Yesterday 03:11 PM
by Steve
5 193
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
Yesterday 03:04 PM
by Steve
7 285
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
Yesterday 02:58 PM
by Steve
1 141
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
Yesterday 02:48 PM
by Steve
3 227
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
Yesterday 02:44 PM
by Steve
2 171
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
Yesterday 02:30 PM
by Steve
1 122
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
Yesterday 02:28 PM
by Steve
1 149
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
Yesterday 08:15 AM
by kslawn
6 188
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
09-01-2014 11:36 PM
by SGL1
7 300
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
08-30-2014 09:49 AM
by BLC7
10 471
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 605
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
08-28-2014 12:01 PM
by Steve
16 687
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-27-2014 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 331,368
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-26-2014 04:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
110 6,772
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 587
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 259
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 3,920
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 353
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
08-22-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 428
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
08-21-2014 04:09 PM
08-22-2014 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 302
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:30 AM
08-22-2014 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 268
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
08-21-2014 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 315
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-21-2014 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 557
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
08-21-2014 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 814
Hello
M2Dave
08-21-2014 12:32 AM
08-21-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 277
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
08-21-2014 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 614
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 584
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 327
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 438
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 346
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 1,180
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 643
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,761
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 817
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 2,014
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 440
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 567
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 400
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 669
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 546
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 645
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 694
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 954
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 483
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 552
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 444
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 34'' advertisement apartment lawn care estimate article marketing bid butterfly gardens care charge commercial courtesy call credit card customers decorating employee problems exmark ferris foreman four wheel drive gopherhaul grass gravely health holiday lighting how much to charge husqvarna hydraulic installation kansas city landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website leaf lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mechanic monthly mow mulch mulch price new buisness new business payment podcast property management company scag scag v-ride schedule seo small engine repair starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky toro tractor auger trailer mate pro tree care truck new used landscape walk behind walker won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:45 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:45 AM.

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