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.

My First 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 02-03-2012, 09:17 PM
WeedTerminatorTom WeedTerminatorTom is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Milpitas, CA
Posts: 50
Rep Power: 4
WeedTerminatorTom is on a distinguished road
Default My First Bid

I got a chance to bid on a brush-clearing job! I think I bid very cheap at $100, especially since my customer wants both cutting and clearing of the brush, but I'm going to consider this first job more of a learning experience than a money-maker. I'll get better at estimates and bids as more opportunities come along. How much might you bid for clearance and hauling of this property?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg AlvisoKevin1.jpg (290.7 KB, 2 views)
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 02-03-2012, 09:25 PM
bruces bruces is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 828
Rep Power: 0
bruces is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
that looks like a $250.00 job to me ,how big is the lot ? do you have dump fees for the crap ? how long to complete the job including the haul-away ?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-03-2012, 09:25 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Yeah you definitely left a lot of money on the table. I wouldve charged at least 3 hours and a $75 dump fee. Thats conservative too. It may take more then one trip to dump that brush unless you shred.

For comparison, I charged $100 for this job and it took a hour. Even this little bit of brush almost filled the back off my pick up.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Main St Before 4.jpg (857.9 KB, 42 views)
File Type: jpg Main St After.jpg (633.6 KB, 38 views)
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-03-2012, 10:54 PM
Johnny_boy02 Johnny_boy02 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 4
Johnny_boy02 is on a distinguished road
Default

You really screwed yourself, don't do that anymore. I understand where you are coming from, that was my mind set last year as well, "learning" well I learned real quick I don't like working for hack pay.

But it is what it is so make the best of it.

For me it would have been..

Private owner: $225-$250

Bank owned $275-$300
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-04-2012, 12:13 AM
WeedTerminatorTom WeedTerminatorTom is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Milpitas, CA
Posts: 50
Rep Power: 4
WeedTerminatorTom is on a distinguished road
Default bidding gauge

Thanks a ton, guys. This is exactly why I'm on this forum. Seeing as this is my first bid, and I'll have no dump fees for one load next Saturday because it's a local dump to me in Milpitas, I decided to include the dumping. Soon, I'll have a much better gauge of how much to bid. The most important thing is, I'm getting out there and making connections. I've also signed up for a volunteer day with the local County Parks and Recreation Dept. Tomorrow. I'm gonna come home sore, but with a good contact or two :]
Tom
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-04-2012, 12:26 AM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
I'll have no dump fees for one load next Saturday because it's a local dump to me in Milpitas, I decided to include the dumping
My local dump only charges $5 a load for brush. Your charging for picking up, unloading, fuel and time. Believe me when I say it will take more then a hour just dealing with the debris.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-04-2012, 06:44 PM
Seventh Level Seventh Level is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1
Rep Power: 0
Seventh Level is on a distinguished road
Default My Thought

I have come across jobs like this many times here in SW Florida. Especially with the construction boom having boomed out, there are many developers sitting on empty lots. Here is how I sell them. First I call in my sub who supplies bush hogg cutting. I take his bid, add in 20% and submitt that to the customer. To avoid dump and clean up cost, I sell them on the idea of coming in with a 60 inch mower equipped with mulching blades, this mulches the dead grass, adds a bit of nutrients to the soil and saves them sending horticulture debri to the land fill. Win Win!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-04-2012, 07:56 PM
shadrach's Avatar
shadrach shadrach is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 256
Rep Power: 5
shadrach is on a distinguished road
Default

$175 on the low end but could easily be over double that - what kind of access you have to it would make a big difference. On jobs like this its the stuff that you don't see that gets you in trouble. Wear & tear on your equipment should be part of the price you are quoting on anything that is overgrown.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-06-2012, 12:43 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,002
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

What's the size of the property and how much time were you estimating it would take you?
__________________
- 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
  #10  
Old 02-07-2012, 05:20 AM
WeedTerminatorTom WeedTerminatorTom is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Milpitas, CA
Posts: 50
Rep Power: 4
WeedTerminatorTom is on a distinguished road
Default first bid

I didn't measure the property, but I think it's about a 50'-60' by maybe 25' plot. I was a little bold, thinking I could get the cutting done in a couple hours, and today, actually got it done in about three. I will be going back for a second trip Saturday to haul away the stuff, when the dump fees will be free for locals like me. This was certainly not the ideal situation, but I will learn better. I'm reading and listening up.
On a more positive note, I got a lot of good out of this job in that I got acquainted with my brush cutter, got a better feel for how long it takes me to get the work done, and some physical conditioning to boot! Exercise like this makes my food taste better and my sleep sweeter.
It's still early in the season, but I'm seeing more and more pickup trucks out there with racks, weed eaters and lawn mowers on them.
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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Moss in grass in the...
tk4454
05-17-2013 12:19 AM
Today 09:08 AM
by Moki
4 1,574
Incentives for potential...
rmccutchan
02-02-2015 12:09 AM
Today 08:15 AM
by Moki
12 744
hoa bid
Bradcook21
Today 07:12 AM
Today 07:12 AM
by Bradcook21
0 15
Kawasaki Control Assembly
rsanchez1203
Yesterday 04:21 PM
Today 12:21 AM
by rsanchez1203
9 122
All NEW BRASS Black Rain...
BlackRain75
Yesterday 10:07 PM
Yesterday 10:07 PM
by BlackRain75
0 27
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 04:21 PM
Yesterday 09:52 PM
by Trupro
12 275
Doug With Blades Of...
BladesofSteel
Yesterday 08:40 PM
Yesterday 08:40 PM
by BladesofSteel
0 27
Jesse with Curb Appeal...
CurbAppeal1
Yesterday 01:44 PM
Yesterday 06:48 PM
by CurbAppeal1
12 135
New guy from Columbia, SC
holymoly
Yesterday 05:27 PM
Yesterday 06:10 PM
by Steve
1 41
Diesel conversion?
Just for Cuts
03-02-2015 10:59 AM
Yesterday 06:08 PM
by Just for Cuts
4 110
stubbon people
Bradcook21
02-16-2015 04:25 PM
Yesterday 05:56 PM
by Steve
45 1,466
What's include in a bid?
ppl
03-02-2015 01:19 PM
Yesterday 05:53 PM
by Steve
9 200
New Website
brian'slawncare
03-01-2015 06:35 PM
Yesterday 05:48 PM
by Steve
8 163
How do YOU charge your...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
03-02-2015 09:28 PM
Yesterday 05:44 PM
by Steve
1 68
New Lawn Care Business
S&Z Lawncare
03-02-2015 04:13 PM
Yesterday 05:39 PM
by Steve
3 115
My Newborn son
avetslawncare
02-27-2015 01:07 PM
Yesterday 05:23 PM
by joshlawncare
7 165
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
Yesterday 02:50 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
14 2,040
rock salt
Bradcook21
02-24-2015 11:17 AM
Yesterday 01:26 PM
by jrs.landscaping
30 649
tips on creating a...
BLAZIER-1991
01-08-2015 07:22 PM
Yesterday 10:38 AM
by brian'slawncare
9 811
pros and cons on...
Wolf4dk
03-02-2015 12:26 AM
03-02-2015 10:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 143
price for snow clearing?
Bradcook21
02-25-2015 09:11 PM
03-02-2015 08:32 PM
by Bradcook21
7 284
Ugliest lawn contest
Steve
02-23-2015 04:17 PM
03-02-2015 04:57 PM
by Steve
5 375
Hi from the beautiful...
nwgirl
02-07-2015 06:01 AM
03-02-2015 04:45 PM
by Steve
5 663
Online Estimator
acrajchel
03-01-2015 05:58 PM
03-02-2015 03:50 PM
by Steve
3 125
How to obtain more...
winkie61
02-17-2015 08:31 AM
03-02-2015 11:05 AM
by nwgirl
4 601
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 01:41 AM
03-02-2015 10:44 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
16 685
How to sell annual...
GroPro
02-17-2015 12:31 PM
03-01-2015 01:46 PM
by Chilehead
8 634
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
02-27-2015 11:37 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
52 11,872
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 01:31 PM
02-26-2015 03:43 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 1,798
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
02-26-2015 02:54 PM
by Steve
5 550
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 01:06 AM
02-26-2015 02:41 PM
by Steve
1 154
Another website update
Chilehead
02-26-2015 11:24 AM
02-26-2015 12:46 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 145
New Lawn Care Service...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:49 AM
02-26-2015 02:24 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
1 173
Finally!
SGL1
02-22-2015 09:46 PM
02-25-2015 10:15 PM
by SGL1
13 504
leaf removal.. mulching...
facework84
08-05-2011 03:26 PM
02-25-2015 08:07 PM
by Steve
5 2,839
How many customers?
SC93
02-25-2015 12:40 AM
02-25-2015 04:59 PM
by SC93
5 281
Irrigation...
charlieallen
02-24-2015 01:16 PM
02-25-2015 02:58 PM
by Steve
6 268
use a small business...
BLAZIER-1991
12-25-2014 12:21 AM
02-25-2015 12:46 AM
by SC93
33 2,895
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 02:30 AM
02-24-2015 07:12 PM
by homey
10 721
2nd year advice anyone
Bradcook21
02-18-2015 07:00 PM
02-24-2015 05:15 PM
by Bradcook21
14 697
need help
lawnexpers115
02-23-2015 05:36 PM
02-24-2015 02:49 PM
by Steve
3 313
Hello People
nativikee
02-23-2015 07:17 PM
02-24-2015 02:43 PM
by Steve
4 313
New member
qua ke zik 001
02-23-2015 11:24 AM
02-23-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 263
New Video
Sprinkler Buddy
02-22-2015 09:18 PM
02-23-2015 03:19 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 288
need help with SCAG...
apmAkron
02-23-2015 09:14 AM
02-23-2015 01:57 PM
by apmAkron
3 292
which degrees would be...
BLAZIER-1991
02-20-2015 04:46 PM
02-23-2015 01:47 PM
by Steve
9 458
Trouble logging in
avetslawncare
02-21-2015 02:06 PM
02-23-2015 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 703
John Deere Quik Track...
acrajchel
02-20-2015 03:12 PM
02-23-2015 01:40 PM
by Steve
1 326
Trimming and...
joshlawncare
02-15-2015 02:04 PM
02-22-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
5 664
where can i post this
zippy-phil
02-17-2015 07:58 PM
02-20-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
7 541
» Popular Tags
2wd 4wd apartment complex bark blades blowout bob villa collections commercial curb appeal services demonstration edging employee problems facebook first truck flyers free advertising gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring how to hydraulic landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website marketing more customers business mr dave new business new mower ordinance past due patio install per hour charge podcast profit on employee push versus ride running a business scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization sell the vision seo shreaded small engine repair sq ft sulky tractor auger trailer mate pro trimmer rack truck new used landscape walk behind web design website won't return wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:40 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:40 AM.

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