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Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

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I bid on a 1/2 acre that is badly overgrown. I think it will take me and a helper 4-6 hours to make it look new again. I bid 350.00 for the work and 100.00 to haul debris.

I think I'll make a decent profit and can make a day of it, I actually find over grown properties to be kind of fun to do - it's a challenge to make a mower mow 5 foot tall grass! I've done it so many times I'm really good at it, actually.

They accepted my bid and with a little string pulling found out my comp bid 1400.00. Obviously he didn't want the work and I know they would never pay out that much, BUT I could have bid quite a bit higher and still have got the job and that is just my lesson today.

I will post before-and-after pictures when I do the job. Also pictures of a updated Frankenstein for those who remember that mower.
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How much more do you think you could have bid and have them accept it?

I look forwards to seeing your pics and let us know how long the job took.
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I bid on a 1/2 acre that is badly overgrown. I think it will take me and a helper 4-6 hours to make it look new again. I bid 350.00 for the work and 100.00 to haul debris.

I think I'll make a decent profit and can make a day of it, I actually find over grown properties to be kind of fun to do - it's a challenge to make a mower mow 5 foot tall grass! I've done it so many times I'm really good at it, actually.

They accepted my bid and with a little string pulling found out my comp bid 1400.00. Obviously he didn't want the work and I know they would never pay out that much, BUT I could have bid quite a bit higher and still have got the job and that is just my lesson today.

I will post before-and-after pictures when I do the job. Also pictures of a updated Frankenstein for those who remember that mower.
I was thinking about issues like this that happen around here. Simple question would be "What range of budget are we looking to stay around?" That way if you have a price of say $500 and they already have a price of $700 (Half of the other guys) you could increase your price to below their budgeted price and come out a hero.

I'm starting to ask what people Lawn Care budget is and seeing if I can either bump them per month to do other work, or just a mow and blow.

Just my thoughts

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I'm starting to ask what people Lawn Care budget is and seeing if I can either bump them per month to do other work, or just a mow and blow.
Have you noticed by doing this, there is a difference in your bid price versus what they want to pay?

Also, if their budget is higher than your bid price, do you try to include any added services so they get more for their money?
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Frank is DEAD :[

I am questioning whether I should chop up my craftsman 6 hp front drive or find something new on craigslist.
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Frank is DEAD :[

I am questioning whether I should chop up my craftsman 6 hp front drive or find something new on craigslist.
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I don't know. Last I was using it seemed a bit tired.... but for a machine that has been through what I've put it through that's no surprise. I went to look at it today and the part that attaches the blade to the crank (cast pot metal it looks) is broken.

I my first thought was to just weld chains to the crank and make it a flail but it won't even try to start / tried to rip my shoulder out from the cord pulling back in.

I got my use out of it and the poor beast is going to the recycler.

I am going to probably buy a year old 6.5HP craftsman tonight for $75.

Then it's time for intensive surgery.
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I am questioning whether I should chop up my craftsman 6 hp front drive or find something new on craigslist.

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when you broke the blade holder ,more than likely you sheared the flywheel key as well .Pull it and have a look,the key is super cheap and the adapter should be easy to find on somebodies dead mower .
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