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.

Losing my rump under-bidding my labor charges


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 05-25-2012, 07:33 AM
Trudy Trudy is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Euless, TX
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 4
Trudy is on a distinguished road
Question Losing my rump under-bidding my labor charges

Hey yall, Just started up about 2 months ago and am doing fairly well gaining customers, the problem is I think I'm not bidding my labor charges correctly. There's just two of us working the business right now but as an example, we weeded (roots and all where we could) a flower bed that was about 20x10. Took a total of 5.5 hours and I charged $50.00**-that was nuts in hindsight but I learned. Now I have to fill it with flowers. My questions are, what would you have charged for the weeding**it was FULL** and how would you quote the planting. I've been buying the plants and getting reimbursed without mark up but I'm really considering adding about 10%. Any help or thoughts you can offer are 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 05-25-2012, 10:57 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

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
It took 2 of you 5.5 hours? That seems really long for a small bed. In that case $550. If it was 1 person $275.

With plants mark up %50. I know some that mark up 100%. This covers you if you have to replant something. Its hard to tell you how to bid this. I look at the root ball and judge how much labor it will take. Then charge per plant.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-25-2012, 02:14 PM
Doylemullins Doylemullins is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 11
Rep Power: 5
Doylemullins is on a distinguished road
Default

11 man hours to weed 200 sqft seems long. I always apply some type of herbicide a couple of days ahead of time when weeding. It speed up the process. The pricing seems close to right for the sqft. It should have taken about an hour. I charge $40/hr for labor. I mark up muclch or supplies 25% and any plant stock I buy at wholesale and mark up 50 -100% depending on how hardy the plant is. You don't want to be caught short if the plant doesn't survive.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-25-2012, 03:06 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

If it was let go that bad, and you only charged $50 you should have hit it with a trimmer, sprayed some herbicide and covered it with weed barrier. Listen to these other guys, theyre right on with info.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-25-2012, 06:07 PM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Well at least you got some experience out of it!

Over time you will become more confident with charging your clients more. I'm sure when we all started, we felt that charging a lot couldn't be justified - but it's alright to do so!

For example, I made $100 today by spreading 10 tiny bags of earth - it took us 20 minutes to do, and I didn't supply anything for this client.
^ I overcharged. I could have went home to relax after mowing all day, but she insisted that she needed it done, so that was my price.

I suggest taking a picture of your next job, and posting it here on the forum so we can all assist you with the pricing and more.

I used to work in gardens, removing weeds. Basically I go in there and take a guess at to how long the job is going to take me, I add $15 for every hour, but even that is LOW and I recommend charging more.

I also recommend for you to charge a minimum price. This way you are guaranteed a decent amount of money for your time even if a job takes you 5 minutes to do.



Hope this helps, and good luck!



Also, I recommend a good pair of headphones or an mp3 player. Sitting in a garden all day can get kinda depressing!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-25-2012, 10:15 PM
Von Bobbeh's Avatar
Von Bobbeh Von Bobbeh is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 166
Rep Power: 4
Von Bobbeh is on a distinguished road
Default

yes I used to manually remove weeds at $12/hour but now I offer "spray and obliterate" I charge about $10-$35 spray it with herbicide and on the next scheduled mowing I just use the trimmer mow or less the same way I would normally and bam no more weeds and probably the best deal anyone could ask for.
I make far more than $12/hour but at the same time end up charging them less too. Win-Win.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-26-2012, 07:38 AM
Trudy Trudy is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Euless, TX
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 4
Trudy is on a distinguished road
Default Thanks for the info!!

Great answers everyone, really appreciate the feedback. I did take pictures, definitely want to show the before/after on our website, it was TOUGH and we went overboard on the removal. I was hell bent on pulling as much of the root system as possible, first round over acheiver I guess. I'll try to post the final pics ...if it works Thanks again!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-28-2012, 09:10 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,502
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Trudy,

I'd love to see some of your before and after pics.

Quote:
a flower bed that was about 20x10. Took a total of 5.5 hours and I charged $50.00**-that was nuts in hindsight but I learned.
When you initially took this job, how long were you thinking it would take you?

And now that you have been through this, what would you do differently next time if a similar job came up?
__________________
- 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

Tags
mulch beds, weed removal, what to bid

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
Aeration charges F3Nelson Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 13 05-31-2012 11:28 AM
Losing Documents CHEESE2009 General Talk 5 02-13-2012 01:53 PM
Charges Growing Against Tree Firm pnplawn General Business Discussions 3 12-21-2007 05:23 PM
Contempt charges for an lco ? Steve General Business Discussions 4 06-24-2007 10:41 AM
Finance Charges J&R Landscape Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 2 07-07-2005 12:19 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
Today 03:57 PM
Today 04:32 PM
by rootytalbot
1 16
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
Today 02:32 PM
by mattthelawnguy
8 329
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Today 01:53 PM
by malaboy
1,226 401,032
Hello Everybody
budspop
Today 11:42 AM
Today 11:42 AM
by budspop
0 26
Hello!
brandycarlton
Yesterday 12:31 PM
Yesterday 03:54 PM
by Steve
1 117
Assessing the Market
NJDB60
07-27-2015 03:25 PM
07-28-2015 09:24 PM
by Steve
2 223
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
07-28-2015 09:09 PM
by Steve
2 202
Funny craigslist post
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:17 PM
07-28-2015 09:02 PM
by Steve
2 209
Watch out for this -...
rootytalbot
07-22-2015 02:13 PM
07-28-2015 09:00 PM
by Steve
7 361
NewVenture
NJDB60
07-27-2015 03:38 PM
07-28-2015 08:58 PM
by Steve
1 207
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
07-27-2015 06:40 PM
by GreenWorx
17 733
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
07-27-2015 06:08 PM
by GreenWorx
15 2,913
Need your help, Gopher...
Chilehead
07-23-2015 07:02 PM
07-27-2015 11:28 AM
by Steve
11 360
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
07-27-2015 11:27 AM
by googus
8 551
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
07-27-2015 11:22 AM
by Steve
94 10,405
Dogs
Mr. Mow
06-29-2015 02:37 PM
07-25-2015 07:50 AM
by Chilehead
12 2,392
Just about mid year, how...
GreenWorx
06-24-2015 07:05 PM
07-22-2015 07:31 PM
by Chilehead
14 2,451
Learning as I grow -...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
07-18-2015 07:46 AM
07-21-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
3 297
Large dirt mound removal
purdue1973
07-09-2015 07:45 PM
07-20-2015 12:55 PM
by Steve
6 417
Hey everyone
Fantasy landscaping
07-09-2015 06:53 AM
07-09-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 318
Quickbooks Online
jscarolina
07-08-2015 07:54 AM
07-08-2015 12:55 PM
by Nate10928
1 338
I dont know what to do...
Bradcook21
06-21-2015 08:49 AM
07-07-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
16 2,716
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
07-07-2015 02:54 PM
by GreenWorx
13 3,665
Is it too late to do...
markty
06-16-2015 05:28 PM
07-07-2015 01:00 PM
by problem solver
9 2,472
Hi everyone
Mattw
07-06-2015 05:59 PM
07-07-2015 10:18 AM
by Steve
1 345
4th of July parade...
Steve
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
0 292
Unemployment rates drop,...
Steve
07-02-2015 12:40 PM
07-06-2015 10:30 AM
by Steve
4 460
another newish job for me
holymoly
06-07-2015 08:34 AM
07-03-2015 02:06 PM
by American L&T
9 2,467
Before & After tree...
COREtreeservice
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
by COREtreeservice
0 390
Ready to learn and get...
Koley Lawn & Landscape
06-28-2015 05:16 AM
07-01-2015 11:26 AM
by Steve
8 2,233
Three Stripe Land Care...
hammr04
06-30-2015 07:19 PM
07-01-2015 11:24 AM
by Steve
1 363
» Popular Tags
accounting ad landscaping advertising aerocore apartment bid apartment complex bark billy goat brushcutter bob villa bush collections contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook financials foreman free lawn care google growing a lawn care business hardscapes husqvarna invoicing jobs landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets mr dave mulch new business ordinance past due patio install per hour charge per hour service plowing pricing profit on employee quickbooks quickbooks online roundup scag secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell shreaded small engine repair solo backpack sprayer sq ft swzt tree tree pics up sell employee walk behind web design website winterization www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:32 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:32 PM.

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