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.

Help Pricing A 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.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-24-2012, 10:18 PM
JustCallMeJImmy JustCallMeJImmy is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 4
JustCallMeJImmy is on a distinguished road
Default Help Pricing A Job

Hello all, I could use some professional help!
Over the past year, I have been seriously considering starting a lawn care business. I have been taking on jobs for neighbors and friends to get a good feel for the job and a good client referral list. This new job has me second guessing my pricing though and I could use your help.
Here is the Job
Removal of 4foot high Shrub close to a gas main (already done, hand dug and used a hacksaw on roots)
6foot High Bush approx 4 feet wide.
installation of 1yard of Mulch and 1 yard of soil
weeding and pruning of 5 fair size flowerbeds
mowing,trimming, edging of lawn
yard cleanup
So far i am on my 4th day (please keep in mind I do not have professional tools or help)

Would $400 be to much to charge?

Any help would be much appreciated!!!
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 04-25-2012, 07:50 AM
krzys666 krzys666 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 49
Rep Power: 4
krzys666 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
where are you located?
no it is not to much around here. for westchester and fairfeild counties 30 miles north of NYC
400 is low

what i would charge

we charge $ 85 per yard of mulch/ topsoil if under 5 yards. if over 5 it drops to $75 a yard
cutting the shrubs/bushes would be at least $100 for both.
i would charge a disposal fee if i needed to take them off property. dispose of
mowing at 60 an hour.
edging at 50 cents per linear ft.
weeding at 25 an hour
pruning at 45 an hour
this is what i would charge.

this job would take 1 guy 2 days max unless the flowerbeds were bad.
you can spread a yard an hour.
the bushes would take about 1-2 hours.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-25-2012, 04:28 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,460
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Removal of 4foot high Shrub close to a gas main (already done, hand dug and used a hacksaw on roots)
How long did that take you? How long did you initially think it will?

Quote:
6foot High Bush approx 4 feet wide.
What are you doing with this? Removing it? Trimming it?

Quote:
installation of 1yard of Mulch and 1 yard of soil
How long are you expecting this to take? What will be the cost of materials?

Quote:
weeding and pruning of 5 fair size flowerbeds
What size (sq ft) would this area be and how long are you thinking this will take?

Quote:
mowing,trimming, edging of lawn
What size?

Quote:
yard cleanup
What size and what condition is it in?

These are all the things to think about when you are putting your bid together. I look forwards to your responses.
__________________
- 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
  #4  
Old 04-25-2012, 08:59 PM
JustCallMeJImmy JustCallMeJImmy is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 4
JustCallMeJImmy is on a distinguished road
Default

Thank you for the responses. The area is Mississauga,Ontario,Canada.

The 4foot shrub took about 2.5 hours the 7 foot bush took 3 hours to remove. Then 2 hours to cut it all up to be taken away by our brown bag pickup. Total 7.5hours for both including 30min cleanup.

For the mulch the Yard was delivered. I was t just instal it after instaling the Yard of dirt. Now I busted my *** with a wheelbarrow and the both took about 2.5hours to get it all to the beds, then an hour to even out 40min cleanup. Total 8hours for both. You guys can really do an hour a yard? I see no way i could have done it that fast. So many flowers,shrubs and trees to get under.

Not sure on the square feet. But thank you for pressing me on that, I can now see how that will help me with quotes. Total pruning time was about 1 hour, weeding was about 2hours

Mow,trim,edge was about 1.5hours. rest was yard cleanup

Being very new to pricing and the business my hourly rate has usually been $20hour so as to give a good price, also because I have very little to no extra costs such as gas etc..

The Pricing I am now looking at looking at is $125 each for the Mulch and Soil.
Weed and Prune included
4 foot shrub $75
7 Foot $125
Mow,edge,trim $35
Yard Cleanup $75
Total Hours worked 34

$560

What do you all think?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-25-2012, 09:22 PM
JustCallMeJImmy JustCallMeJImmy is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 4
JustCallMeJImmy is on a distinguished road
Default

Forgot to mention. Here in Toronto, we pay $139.00 to have 1 Cubic Yard or dirt or mulch delivered .
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-25-2012, 10:13 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

Mulch prices seem high. Here, its $30-$44 a yard. Delivery is $20-$60 depending on distance. Most places will give you 10% off for being a contractor. You can also get in good with a yard and get more discounts. I bought a 100 yards so far this year from the same people. They love me!

Now as far as your prices your way off. You should be able to afford to pay someone to do all the work and still make 3 times more then what you paid him. For 34 hours, you shouldve came in somewhere between $1200-$1700.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-26-2012, 07:43 AM
krzys666 krzys666 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 49
Rep Power: 4
krzys666 is on a distinguished road
Default

what took so long to remove the 2 bushes.
i figured about 1 hour to take them down. we go down about 3 inches under the soil. we are using chainsaws to cut the roots.
i would not have baged the bushes in brown bags. it takes to long.
you would have been better off making bundles and tying the bundles up.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-26-2012, 11:41 AM
JustCallMeJImmy JustCallMeJImmy is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 4
JustCallMeJImmy is on a distinguished road
Default

All I had to use was a Shovel, axe ,hand saw, and hack saw for the one near the gas main. Also i had to hand dig that one.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-26-2012, 02:24 PM
Apex Lawn & Landscape Apex Lawn & Landscape is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Pittsburgh suburbs
Posts: 384
Rep Power: 0
Apex Lawn & Landscape is on a distinguished road
Default

First off I'm confused at why you have started the work before coming up with a price that you & the homeowner have agreed upon. That's asking for trouble and issue. All other information above is accurate. Ontario's delivery rate is obsurred ! Best of luck
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-26-2012, 08:03 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,460
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
why you have started the work before coming up with a price
How did that come about and what is your view on handling it like 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
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
Pricing!!!! rom818 Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 23 01-14-2010 01:36 PM
Help with Pricing a Job bpet75 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 3 11-06-2009 08:03 AM
lot pricing help gogreenlc General Talk 3 08-31-2009 01:43 AM
Job Pricing bcnj Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 2 06-12-2007 07:18 PM
need help pricing a job vicman Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 5 05-11-2007 11:33 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Is it too late to do...
markty
06-16-2015 05:28 PM
Today 07:34 PM
by wolfpacker53
5 1,966
I dont know what to do...
Bradcook21
06-21-2015 08:49 AM
Today 07:33 PM
by stallman419
12 2,134
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
Today 09:22 AM
Today 03:29 PM
by googus
3 58
Just about mid year, how...
GreenWorx
06-24-2015 07:05 PM
Today 02:53 PM
by American L&T
6 1,903
another newish job for me
holymoly
06-07-2015 08:34 AM
Today 02:06 PM
by American L&T
9 2,104
Unemployment rates drop,...
Steve
Yesterday 12:40 PM
Today 09:42 AM
by Steve
2 62
Before & After tree...
COREtreeservice
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
by COREtreeservice
0 68
Dogs
Mr. Mow
06-29-2015 02:37 PM
07-01-2015 11:28 AM
by Steve
6 1,868
Ready to learn and get...
Koley Lawn & Landscape
06-28-2015 05:16 AM
07-01-2015 11:26 AM
by Steve
8 1,851
Three Stripe Land Care...
hammr04
06-30-2015 07:19 PM
07-01-2015 11:24 AM
by Steve
1 67
Country Life Lawn Care
darleneh
06-29-2015 11:24 AM
06-30-2015 01:25 PM
by Steve
3 1,727
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
06-29-2015 09:23 PM
by Chilehead
6 1,856
Marketing ideas
xandrew245x
04-29-2014 06:35 AM
06-25-2015 07:11 PM
by GreenWorx
34 5,713
Never ending sod jobs
avetslawncare
06-05-2015 09:46 PM
06-25-2015 11:42 AM
by Steve
11 2,339
Weed and Feed Service...
mike94740
06-23-2015 05:50 PM
06-24-2015 09:56 PM
by avetslawncare
2 1,781
Trimming hedges / trees,...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
06-23-2015 07:08 PM
06-24-2015 09:59 AM
by Steve
1 1,782
Hi Everyone from Arkansas
KellyMarie
06-04-2015 04:16 PM
06-23-2015 01:34 PM
by KellyMarie
4 2,052
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
06-23-2015 06:36 AM
by GreenWorx
7 2,285
problems with a customer...
LawnCareMan280
06-16-2015 10:26 PM
06-22-2015 11:11 AM
by Steve
6 2,080
Please review this FREE...
markty
06-21-2015 07:42 AM
06-22-2015 11:00 AM
by Steve
1 1,802
A good commercial bid...
burtle
06-20-2015 09:09 PM
06-22-2015 10:56 AM
by Steve
1 1,867
What would you do with...
holymoly
06-20-2015 06:48 PM
06-22-2015 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 1,830
New Member just joined...
vgoleco@hotmail.com
06-19-2015 03:49 PM
06-22-2015 10:42 AM
by Steve
2 1,836
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 03:04 PM
06-21-2015 07:24 PM
by Chilehead
4 1,932
Blade usage
Wolf4dk
06-16-2015 12:18 AM
06-21-2015 05:35 PM
by kslawn
4 1,939
Hello, I am new to the...
adamslawnservices
06-17-2015 08:06 PM
06-19-2015 10:28 AM
by Steve
3 1,864
First commercial bid
SGL1
06-12-2015 08:57 PM
06-18-2015 05:04 PM
by SGL1
9 2,313
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
06-18-2015 11:02 AM
by Steve
7 2,011
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
06-18-2015 10:46 AM
by Steve
10 2,100
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
06-17-2015 08:38 AM
by burtle
9 3,186
Customer keeps adding...
Mr. Mow
06-13-2015 06:22 AM
06-16-2015 10:23 AM
by Steve
11 2,307
Pass discounts onto...
burnell76
06-03-2015 06:33 PM
06-16-2015 10:02 AM
by burnell76
3 2,036
burned grass only where...
nhauto
06-15-2015 05:28 PM
06-16-2015 09:45 AM
by Steve
2 1,903
Half year mark review.
Steve
06-02-2015 11:24 AM
06-15-2015 01:04 PM
by Steve
18 2,626
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
06-15-2015 01:01 PM
by Steve
86 9,686
New Member
Bruce Fehr
06-05-2015 07:13 PM
06-15-2015 12:53 PM
by Steve
6 2,038
New to the business,...
CarefreeMowing
06-12-2015 02:36 PM
06-15-2015 12:50 PM
by Steve
1 1,921
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
06-13-2015 08:48 AM
by holymoly
45 12,013
New to the forum, new to...
CarefreeMowing
06-11-2015 12:35 PM
06-12-2015 10:44 AM
by Steve
2 1,838
problems with a customer
LawnCareMan280
05-19-2015 06:28 PM
06-11-2015 10:50 PM
by stallman419
8 2,388
Website Review
Outdoordesignsknox
06-08-2015 08:44 PM
06-11-2015 09:48 PM
by Just for Cuts
13 2,280
Anyone need help? I have...
biglee
05-06-2015 12:22 PM
06-10-2015 01:45 PM
by holymoly
15 2,976
Hello from the GREAT...
gbfarmsllc
06-09-2015 11:10 AM
06-10-2015 01:29 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 1,904
Hey guys and gals, I'm...
Joeyhall
06-03-2015 03:54 PM
06-08-2015 02:15 PM
by chris2500hd
8 2,151
Mowing Bermuda...
Mr. Mow
06-02-2015 12:45 PM
06-08-2015 12:45 PM
by Steve
12 2,309
Hey Guys
PrattLandscaping
06-07-2015 06:37 PM
06-08-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
2 1,919
Share your stolen...
SGL1
05-27-2015 09:05 PM
06-08-2015 11:54 AM
by Steve
25 2,867
Hello there My name is...
zwalk1839
06-04-2015 11:10 PM
06-08-2015 11:52 AM
by Steve
4 2,032
Laid off oil field...
Mr. Mow
05-30-2015 09:03 AM
06-08-2015 06:20 AM
by Mr. Mow
4 2,148
How do you find one time...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
06-02-2015 09:57 PM
06-05-2015 09:49 PM
by avetslawncare
4 2,066
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping advertising aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush commercial contract help deliquentaccounts demonstration design ditches equipment dealer equipment rental facebook flyers foreman free lawn care hardscapes hiring how to husqvarna increase customers landscape landscape services landscaping landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mulch new business ordinance patio install per hour charge per hour service plowing pricing profit on employee scag scripts secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell shreaded small engine repair snow plowing sq ft square foot steep lawns swzt trailer trailer mate pro tree trimmer rack up sell employee web design website website design winterization wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:31 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:31 PM.

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