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So an opportunity has opened up where I can bid on a 26 acre cemetery. All they want is a bid for the mowing. I feel I have enough equipment, and know I will have 3 or 4 guys for additional help. Do you guys think I will be able to handle something like this, and has anyone ever done any cemeteries that has prior experience and knowledge to share. Also... what would be a reasonable bid, as I feel like I have know idea. If I charged $60 and acre, As I would for residential, that be a $1,560 per cut. I feel that's wayyyy to high. What does everyone think? Thanks for the help.
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First off what equipment do you have?

Do they just want mowing (what about edging and blowing)?

Where I live in Bellevue, WA the going rate per acre is 85$ so what is the going rate where you live?

Do they want the job completed in a certain number of hours?

Do they want haul away? How much is to dump?
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is this every week? longer grass takes longer
are there head stones?
If there are headstones I think you are way low trimming will kill you
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is this every week? longer grass takes longer
are there head stones?
If there are headstones I think you are way low trimming will kill you
Yes every week, and there are head stones. How much more do you think I should charge for the trimming. I don't know how many head stones there are, but at least 15 acres are covered with them.
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First off what equipment do you have?

Do they just want mowing (what about edging and blowing)?

Where I live in Bellevue, WA the going rate per acre is 85$ so what is the going rate where you live?

Do they want the job completed in a certain number of hours?

Do they want haul away? How much is to dump?
I will be doing mowing, trimming and blowing. Not positive of the going rate per acre in my area, but I've always charged about $60. They never specified how fast it needed to be done, but I'm sure it would be less then 10 hours. And there wouldn't be anything to haul away.
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I think it would be a safe bet to go with $75 an acre because trimming will be a real pain in the *** and blowing. But since you dont have to haul away the lowers the cost a bit. But it also depends on where you live. If I was to bid that I would say $2,295.00 but for you I think you will be safe with $2,025.00 a cut.

Also something to think about....

What are your hourly operational costs per man per hour?

How much fuel do you think you will consume times its price per gallon?

How long does it take to get there and back?

What is the total estimated time?
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I would realy stop and think about this one. I would talk to as many lawn guys you can. I talked to one that said he does one once a month takes 3 men 3 days. I don't know how big the cem is but he said trimmer takes forever
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You can always ask or figure out how many head stones there are and multiply it by say $3.00

So say their are 300 head stones just add another $300. But you can always change $3 to whatever you feel comfortable with.
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How much of it is open area? (If a large portion of it is open area you are not going to get $60 an acre for that part of it) How many stones & how are they spaced? How often do they want it mowed? Have they hired it out before or was it done in house? Not enough info given for anyone to give you a helpful answer.

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Just came up with another thought!

Ask the owner of the cemetery for the name and numbers of the previous companies that maintained the grounds to see what the pros and cons of the job were. Also, ask them what they charged and possibly what their operating costs were. Basically weed out as much info you can from them.

I wouldn't ask the owner what he was being charged previously because their is the potential that he will lie about it and say a number that is significantly lower.

We all just need a little more information on this so we can better evaluate its costs and how much you should charge.

It will also help to know what equipment you will be using.
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