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.

Major garden clean up


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 04-15-2011, 12:52 AM
nmurray65 nmurray65 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 4
nmurray65 is on a distinguished road
Default Major garden clean up

hey guys i'm having a hard time on how to bid a huge job cleaning up flower beds. There are 7 big landscaping beds that are mildly overgrown, i will need to remove all the previous weed blocker and replace it with new, there will also be 10 bushes that need to be removed. thinking about it now it all seems pretty easy but i know once i get started working w/ my 2 employees it will be harder than originally thought. There is also a big mowing contract i will bid on the same property so i don't mind taking a little less on the clean up if it means i get the awesome mowing. thanks for any ideas on how to break it down and bidding the flowerbed jobs.
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 04-15-2011, 05:49 AM
cleancutlawncare5382 cleancutlawncare5382 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 5
cleancutlawncare5382 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Can you figure hourly + materials.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-15-2011, 07:15 AM
Upscale2 Upscale2 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 121
Rep Power: 8
Upscale2
Default

Just figure it accordingly, don't skimp on your time.

Q: Do you use weed blocker?

I can never understand why, because it doesn't block weeds???

If you mulch a bed sooner or later weeds still grow with or without it.

Bed maintenance is key!

I never use weed blocker fabric. And I explain to the customer why. Plus it always ends up popping throught to the surface.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-15-2011, 10:06 AM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Upscale2 View Post
Just figure it accordingly, don't skimp on your time.

Q: Do you use weed blocker?

I can never understand why, because it doesn't block weeds???

If you mulch a bed sooner or later weeds still grow with or without it.

Bed maintenance is key!

I never use weed blocker fabric. And I explain to the customer why. Plus it always ends up popping throught to the surface.



Weed block is a job and a half to use.

Though there are ways to may it work by adding sand and stone beneath the cloth while keeping a small layer of soil above it.

Either way, forget about it LOL. Cutting that crap makes me want to rip my hair out. Every time I've used it, the wind was against me... Stupid wind....


////////////////


Also, weed block is easily disturbed. If you accidentally step on your project you can expect to have yourself re-do everything.

Tell your client to add mulch instead, look for the brand that reduces the weeds growth. Avoid wood chips as most will attract ants.






If you are using weed block, look around for a pair of good scissors, a cutting board and a box cutter.

Put a strip of the mesh/material over your board, use the box cutter to cut the center of the mesh, and the scissors to cut the "ends"... My advice makes no sense without a picture... dammit.

Last edited by CHEESE2009; 04-15-2011 at 10:10 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-15-2011, 02:10 PM
nmurray65 nmurray65 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 4
nmurray65 is on a distinguished road
Default

Trust me i agree with you but the customer really wants the weed blocker and i told them it wouldnt be cheap. so for this removal and trimming of bushes do you think $100/hour is in the right range? i believe it will take 8 hours so im thinking about bidding $800. with that in mind i know as always it will more than likely take closer to 10 hours just from prior experience. Thanks for any suggestions!

Last edited by nmurray65; 04-15-2011 at 02:13 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-16-2011, 12:45 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,603
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Is that $100 an hour including materials?

I would think the price per man hour may be a little high but maybe its the going rate in your area.
__________________
- 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 04-16-2011, 04:26 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

It costs .35cents per contractor garbage bag

You charge $15.00 per bag which you fill up with leaves

If you fill up 10 garbage bags, you make = $150.00

$150.00 - $3.50 (for 10 used garbage bags) = $146.50

You can add on additional fees; gas, hourly wage min/max....


I like to charge a customer a minimum fee, for example;

If I charge $20.00 an hour, my customer must pay me $20.00 regardless if a job took me 5 minutes.


You can also add up front fees such as;

A starting fee pf $50.00 for us to prepare and run our equipment.


$50.00 + 146.50 = 196.50 (you are now in the safe profiting zone)
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-17-2011, 01:20 PM
nmurray65 nmurray65 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 4
nmurray65 is on a distinguished road
Default

I agree $100 a man hour is high for one man, but i will have a three man crew working for 8 hours, so 24 man hours total. this will take my crew off of other jobs fro an entire day. Plus included in that price is close to $100 of mulch and $50 of weed blocker, $30 of fescue seed. with all that considered does that sound more reasonable?
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-19-2011, 06:21 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,603
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Ok that makes more sense to me.

I'd say submit the bid in person and see what kind of response you get from the customer. If you know your costs, you can potentially have some leeway in the price depending on the customers reaction.

Keep us posted on how it goes.
__________________
- 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
Major Mistruths (lies) From Obama's Energy Address swstout General Talk 5 07-04-2010 02:01 PM
The drain that has turned into a major project picframer Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 1 11-02-2009 06:07 AM
Need Major Help! CHEESE2009 Community Assistance 2 09-17-2009 06:04 PM
Major Landscaping Project miltthemower Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 7 12-19-2006 03:24 PM
Major data loss from restore dogduty Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 5 09-28-2004 02:02 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
Today 08:51 AM
by Chilehead
6 135
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
Yesterday 10:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
16 466
Pics for website
tbtigers03
11-21-2014 05:40 PM
Yesterday 10:01 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 91
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
Yesterday 05:56 PM
by AGPS
9 260
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 12:45 PM
Yesterday 02:42 PM
by stevef1201
22 6,077
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
11-21-2014 09:48 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
174 13,936
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
11-21-2014 09:38 PM
by TRV
6 1,247
Contract or no contract?
TRV
11-20-2014 09:18 PM
11-21-2014 09:33 PM
by TRV
3 131
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
11-21-2014 08:02 PM
by stevef1201
4 296
Billboards for marketing
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-16-2014 08:39 PM
11-21-2014 07:05 PM
by acrajchel
13 351
Belt dealer problem
googus
11-21-2014 08:45 AM
11-21-2014 06:36 PM
by Steve
2 84
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
11-21-2014 06:32 PM
by Steve
7 188
How to: Use Thumbtack...
acrajchel
11-17-2014 06:39 PM
11-21-2014 06:07 PM
by acrajchel
15 449
What is going on with...
biglee
11-14-2014 03:04 PM
11-20-2014 02:50 PM
by biglee
40 906
My advice for new guys
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 09:32 AM
11-19-2014 01:47 PM
by biglee
10 459
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 02:23 PM
11-19-2014 12:39 PM
by acrajchel
28 1,824
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 10:19 PM
11-18-2014 04:24 PM
by acrajchel
14 1,419
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
10-24-2014 05:14 PM
11-17-2014 07:34 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,166
sod job
SGlawncare
10-30-2014 09:21 PM
11-17-2014 07:10 PM
by acrajchel
7 733
Customer wants me to...
Mr. Mow
11-09-2014 07:13 AM
11-17-2014 06:48 PM
by acrajchel
10 499
Hello!
Brian3137
11-11-2014 07:15 PM
11-17-2014 06:46 PM
by acrajchel
14 442
small biz in Phoenix,AZ
anthonyramos1
11-08-2014 09:35 PM
11-17-2014 05:59 PM
by acrajchel
2 300
Client won't pay...
WesleySnips
10-30-2014 03:53 PM
11-17-2014 05:37 PM
by acrajchel
22 1,333
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
11-17-2014 12:59 PM
by Steve
2 224
Need help on deciding a...
Brian3137
11-10-2014 06:32 PM
11-17-2014 12:44 PM
by Steve
12 492
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 10:51 PM
11-16-2014 07:54 AM
by stevef1201
8 1,570
So how do you guys...
Mr. Mow
10-26-2014 08:55 AM
11-15-2014 08:44 AM
by avetslawncare
14 1,676
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
11-13-2014 08:35 AM
by jrs.landscaping
81 31,787
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 03:45 PM
11-12-2014 05:05 PM
by stevef1201
14 1,651
A little hang up in snow...
stevef1201
11-08-2014 07:05 AM
11-12-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
4 402
Bi-weekly winter...
lxarth
11-04-2014 08:37 PM
11-12-2014 10:06 AM
by WesleySnips
9 601
taking first steps...
sizemorelawncare
11-10-2014 08:24 PM
11-11-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
1 299
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
11-11-2014 08:12 AM
by Just for Cuts
4 355
Business Cards
crieg122
10-25-2014 01:03 PM
11-11-2014 07:56 AM
by Just for Cuts
12 1,295
How the unregister?
alive101
11-04-2014 07:39 AM
11-10-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
4 581
Belt adjustment question
googus
11-05-2014 06:43 AM
11-10-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
5 490
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
11-10-2014 01:25 PM
by Steve
2 323
Podcast
Shark1611
11-07-2014 05:42 PM
11-10-2014 11:41 AM
by Steve
1 283
hi, from Minnesota
rjklohn
11-07-2014 02:21 AM
11-07-2014 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 298
New to snow plowing
SS.Lawncare
11-05-2014 04:00 PM
11-07-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
6 530
New Member
tonyap
11-05-2014 10:35 PM
11-07-2014 01:15 PM
by Steve
1 341
New to the business
jcurr33
11-05-2014 03:21 PM
11-07-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
1 397
Lines
Matther777
11-04-2014 02:19 PM
11-07-2014 12:54 PM
by Steve
1 436
hello, new to this site
tonyorwig
10-31-2014 10:49 PM
11-04-2014 02:24 PM
by tonyorwig
3 632
Aloha from Hawaii.
Gary R
11-02-2014 12:44 AM
11-03-2014 03:02 PM
by Steve
1 535
Pavers
crieg122
10-28-2014 03:49 PM
10-31-2014 01:49 PM
by Steve
6 849
Hi Steve From West...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 02:59 PM
10-31-2014 12:56 PM
by Steve
5 1,163
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 10:19 PM
10-31-2014 10:53 AM
by Max Wagner
30 3,274
Gie-review / What's new...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-25-2014 10:19 AM
10-31-2014 10:30 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
7 1,092
Business Name
sanchez5
10-29-2014 12:55 AM
10-31-2014 06:51 AM
by ringahding1
10 958
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 apartment complex auger bark bob villa care charge christmas collections commercial demonstration edging employee problems exmark ferris four wheel drive gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes hills holiday how much to charge jobs john deere quik trac labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lighting lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business mechanic monthly mowing mr dave mulch mulch estimate new buisness past due patio install podcast pto push versus ride savannah scag scripts seo shell small engine repair sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business stihl sulky theft toro toro grand stand tree trimmer rack walk behind walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:05 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:05 AM.

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