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.

Government Bid


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 04-10-2011, 09:56 PM
Shark1611 Shark1611 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 370
Rep Power: 5
Shark1611 is on a distinguished road
Default Government Bid

Need some advice please. I am going to bid out on a industry park. What this consist of is mowing a eight foot apron along side of the road. The apron is 2-1/2 long. The gutter is the slop back type so this is easy to work on. I do not have the paperwork on what all the details will be but what I do know is it will require mowing, trimming, and blowing. The only water is when it rains so this tells me i should not be all the time.

Any of you have an idea of how you would bid this job? Not sure if it will be pay as you mow, pay once a month like some of my other contrcts are. Any ideas out there. Thanks
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 04-11-2011, 12:42 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,122
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
The apron is 2-1/2 long.
How long is it?

Quote:
I do not have the paperwork on what all the details will be
Are you going to be getting this before you place the bid?

If you get it, let us know the job requirements.
__________________
- 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 04-11-2011, 03:44 PM
Shark1611 Shark1611 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 370
Rep Power: 5
Shark1611 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
How long is it?


Are you going to be getting this before you place the bid?

If you get it, let us know the job requirements.
Sorry it is 2-1/2 miles long. Here is the requirements:

It has a 12' apron to be mowed.
It is mow as needed. Right now in Texas we have had zero rain. The gutter is one of the slope kind that is no problem with equipment.
The main entrance is very small but is to me fertilized when needed and sprinkler heads replaced when needed. Seasonal flowers and mulching. This would be my expence if won.
All curbs edged and all the streets clean of grass clippings.
Must be insured. And I am.

The grass is not grown very think. In fact it is kind of wild grass. All the rocks, sticks, etc. are gone so there is nothing in the way.

The labor part is weeding along the curb for 2-1/2 miles and blowing!!! I think I can ride my mower along with a blower but I sure cannot do that with a weed eater.

I can see that at the most I would cut about twice a month with little rain from April - October then once November and December. Jan - March nothing. I know the area very well I use to work at one of the places of work in this area.

Just do not know how fast my 60" Dixon and 44" Dixon can run a 2-1/2 mile loop. Then going back with weed eating some areas I know so places I will be able to skip due to no grass at all and then blow it all off.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-11-2011, 03:46 PM
Shark1611 Shark1611 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 370
Rep Power: 5
Shark1611 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
How long is it?


Are you going to be getting this before you place the bid?

If you get it, let us know the job requirements.
The bid is due by Aprill 22nd.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-11-2011, 11:08 PM
Shark1611 Shark1611 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 370
Rep Power: 5
Shark1611 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
How long is it?


Are you going to be getting this before you place the bid?

If you get it, let us know the job requirements.
should not be that hard to figure so I will give it my best shot with what I have to work with.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-12-2011, 12:26 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,122
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

We can use the lawn mowing calculators if we have an idea at what speed you will be mowing at?

If I take 1 mile, that equals 5280 ft.

(2.5 miles x 5280) = 13200

(13,200 long x 12 ft wide) = 158,400 sqft in total

Now I used the calculator and set the mowing speed of a 60 inch mower to about 10 ft per sec. and came up with a time to mow it at about an hour.

What's your thoughts on that?
__________________
- 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
  #7  
Old 04-12-2011, 09:40 PM
Shark1611 Shark1611 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 370
Rep Power: 5
Shark1611 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
We can use the lawn mowing calculators if we have an idea at what speed you will be mowing at?

If I take 1 mile, that equals 5280 ft.

(2.5 miles x 5280) = 13200

(13,200 long x 12 ft wide) = 158,400 sqft in total

Now I used the calculator and set the mowing speed of a 60 inch mower to about 10 ft per sec. and came up with a time to mow it at about an hour.

What's your thoughts on that?
Steve I like that. I also have to look at weed eating and blowing. Then I have to estimate about how many times I will need to mow and then bid out for a year contract. This one seems like it would be easy to bid but maybe I am just making it hard. Thank you for wanting to help.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-13-2011, 11:01 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,122
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

If you know the amount of total linear feet you need to line trim, you can use that in the calculator too to estimate the amount of time it will take.
__________________
- 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
  #9  
Old 04-19-2011, 09:02 PM
Shark1611 Shark1611 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 370
Rep Power: 5
Shark1611 is on a distinguished road
Unhappy

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shark1611 View Post
Steve I like that. I also have to look at weed eating and blowing. Then I have to estimate about how many times I will need to mow and then bid out for a year contract. This one seems like it would be easy to bid but maybe I am just making it hard. Thank you for wanting to help.
Well Steve I think I have something over my head to bid on. I just do not think I have been in this long enough. Man it kind of stings but I sure do not want to mess this one up. It is such an easy job that I thought bidding would be no problem. I mean you run a mower on a 12' path for 2-1/2 miles and then go back and weed eat the 2-1/2 miles of gutter and around a few water boxs. My 60" would have to go around twice or have my 44" go in behind me and get at least 10'. The front has bedding plants that I would have to keep weeded and make sure the sprinkler system is running and fix at my expense if broken head. Mulch is another thing needed. The two beds are about 1,000 sq foot each.

I tried to use your program but just not sharp enough to understand it.

Just by looking at it I it looks to me that it would take me a good two hours for one trip around the darn thing. So I see 4 hours in mowing and trimming would be walking all the way around the 2-1/2 mile strip. That may take another two hourse. With everything else I am thinking it might be a 6 to 8 hour day! Do not have to mow it but only when it needs it so it would not be every week. I can see once a month and no more than twice a month if we have rain.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-20-2011, 12:17 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,122
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Are you thinking you may pass on this job now and wait until you feel you have more experience or are you still thinking of putting in a bid to see what happens?
__________________
- 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
How to get government contracts Steve Starting a lawn care business. 0 06-17-2008 08:07 PM
Government bids? Steve General Business Discussions 4 11-04-2007 11:37 PM
Government bids online? Steve Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 1 02-20-2007 08:31 PM
Bidding on government jobs? Steve Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 1 01-08-2007 06:21 PM
Should the federal government push this? Steve General Business Discussions 2 04-16-2006 11:23 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Ferris FW35 questions
Chilehead
03-10-2015 08:31 PM
Today 03:14 PM
by Dan Tanner
5 379
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
Today 10:56 AM
Today 12:43 PM
by jrs.landscaping
3 57
First big mower decision?
SGL1
Today 08:58 AM
Today 08:58 AM
by SGL1
0 42
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 07:15 PM
Today 08:43 AM
by biglee
28 2,389
Mower vs lot size advice
jcurr33
03-25-2015 09:29 PM
Today 08:37 AM
by Dan Tanner
5 176
Billing methods
jcurr33
03-26-2015 01:33 PM
Today 08:29 AM
by biglee
5 146
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
Today 08:25 AM
by SGL1
11 524
Trepidation about...
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 07:46 PM
Today 05:35 AM
by Dan Tanner
2 152
How do you get...
ESREVER
03-25-2015 01:30 PM
Today 12:18 AM
by lxarth
7 191
Bid for large home...
lxarth
03-22-2015 11:06 AM
Yesterday 11:56 PM
by lxarth
8 298
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
Yesterday 11:42 PM
by lxarth
15 3,429
hoa bid need help
bigdaveha12
03-24-2015 08:29 PM
Yesterday 11:17 PM
by lxarth
6 218
introducing myself
chris2500hd
03-24-2015 11:16 AM
Yesterday 02:02 PM
by Steve
8 226
Commercial Jobs
CurbAppeal1
03-25-2015 04:22 PM
Yesterday 12:29 PM
by biglee
5 186
Flag or no flag
Matther777
03-24-2015 02:41 PM
Yesterday 12:25 PM
by biglee
10 338
Office Administration...
Girlfriend
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
by Girlfriend
0 73
Is this tree beyond help?
SGL1
03-22-2015 05:35 PM
03-25-2015 08:55 PM
by SGL1
14 489
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 03:21 PM
03-25-2015 07:54 PM
by Trupro
33 1,559
The New Wave!!!! Read...
Jamesw86
03-22-2015 08:33 PM
03-25-2015 02:50 PM
by Steve
10 312
grass in the gas tank
robkattankate
03-23-2015 04:37 PM
03-25-2015 02:36 PM
by Steve
5 188
Helping others
hansenslawncare
09-15-2011 08:50 PM
03-25-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
11 2,656
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
03-25-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
7 316
Michelin x tweel.
apmAkron
03-23-2015 04:22 PM
03-24-2015 12:40 PM
by Steve
3 141
spike aerator???
Bradcook21
03-21-2015 01:55 PM
03-24-2015 10:32 AM
by acrajchel
4 221
Hello from Maryland
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 12:44 PM
03-23-2015 07:33 PM
by michellemarvin
2 134
hello from south GA.
CCandALawnCare
03-23-2015 03:46 AM
03-23-2015 07:06 PM
by CCandALawnCare
2 130
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
03-23-2015 06:14 PM
by jethro
1,218 380,096
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 11:30 AM
03-23-2015 12:28 PM
by Steve
9 836
35,000 Eddm
greenscaper123
03-18-2015 12:51 PM
03-23-2015 11:48 AM
by BLC7
18 475
Should i take on this...
christw
03-17-2013 01:23 PM
03-22-2015 09:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
36 7,569
mower stalls when...
boog
03-19-2015 08:20 AM
03-21-2015 08:13 PM
by Wolf4dk
7 266
Weed and Feed
robkattankate
03-19-2015 09:00 PM
03-21-2015 01:53 PM
by Bradcook21
4 312
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
03-20-2015 10:00 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
32 3,616
Hello Emily Reyes from...
Webster14829
03-20-2015 11:23 AM
03-20-2015 03:36 PM
by Steve
2 183
Finally going to give it...
jcurr33
03-12-2015 08:09 PM
03-20-2015 03:31 PM
by Steve
10 554
Weed id?
SGL1
03-17-2015 08:20 PM
03-20-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
6 288
Mobile small engine...
luckylogger
03-15-2015 02:05 PM
03-20-2015 06:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
15 487
Brad Cook 21
SC93
03-16-2015 10:40 PM
03-19-2015 09:04 PM
by Bradcook21
4 358
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 01:30 AM
03-18-2015 02:55 PM
by Steve
15 1,319
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 04:07 PM
03-18-2015 02:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
21 2,031
new to the site
bigdaveha12
03-17-2015 09:13 PM
03-18-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
1 212
Small dovetail truck...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-04-2015 06:47 PM
03-17-2015 10:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
17 865
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
03-17-2015 08:15 PM
by SGL1
3 287
mulch questions
Bradcook21
03-08-2015 08:37 AM
03-17-2015 07:00 PM
by Bradcook21
23 1,003
Scag hydro w/b frame...
Just for Cuts
03-11-2015 03:32 PM
03-17-2015 06:37 PM
by lxarth
11 503
Buy new or used?
lxarth
12-26-2014 09:50 PM
03-17-2015 06:11 PM
by lxarth
14 1,715
New to 2015
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 08:29 AM
03-17-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 295
Pulling trailer was...
SGL1
03-07-2015 07:14 PM
03-17-2015 08:11 AM
by SGL1
30 1,143
Diesel conversion?
Just for Cuts
03-02-2015 09:59 AM
03-16-2015 03:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
10 644
trimmer racks.
apmAkron
03-12-2015 09:07 AM
03-16-2015 03:17 PM
by Steve
4 364
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter bush contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts design ditches door hangers employee problems equipment rental estimate facebook ferris foreman google gravely growing a lawn care business how to husqvarna introduction jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets mulch new mower per hour service pricing pto secrets to landscaping seo shell shreaded snow plowing sq ft square foot starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro toro grand stand tractor auger trailer trailer mate pro tree up sell employee web design website website design winterization wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:44 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:44 PM.

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