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.

in need for advise


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 05-31-2012, 12:39 AM
Grass Doctor Grass Doctor is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: san antonio tx
Posts: 407
Rep Power: 3
Grass Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default in need for advise

well the other day a went home depot, i didn't have 50.00 cent to complete my buy so i went to the truck and decide to drive it to the doors of the garden section and i notice this old couple keep staring at my truck sings, so i finish my transaction went to the truck gave her my card and lawn maintenance plan flyer, well today i got 3 calls today from another area code 20 miles away from my house i set up the appointment the couple refer-me to their friends i got there and this people have houses sitting down in the country on acres does anybody in here knows , how much do you charge for an acre(remember this is brush no manicured lawns ).

the biggest lawn i cut is 1/2 acre and i charge 75 per service will it be ok to charge 150.00 per service on an acre of brush including line edging think im way to high i want to be fair not cheap.

thank you.
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 05-31-2012, 10:15 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,317
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
How long does it take you to mow the lawns you charge $75 for and how long are you thinking it would take you to mow the lawns you want to charge $150 for?
__________________
- 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
  #3  
Old 05-31-2012, 10:48 AM
Grass Doctor Grass Doctor is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: san antonio tx
Posts: 407
Rep Power: 3
Grass Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
How long does it take you to mow the lawns you charge $75 for and how long are you thinking it would take you to mow the lawns you want to charge $150 for?
it takes me 30 to 45 minutes to do a 1/2 an acre me and my help with my 2 HRX217 Honda, one in the back and 1 in the front including line edging and blowing. at 75 bucks per service minimum 1 service every 2 weeks. i do have a law tractor a 42 inches deck to big for the gated communities i service, this is what i will be using for this acres, and i figure 2 hours of work for the entire service for each acre, one of this properties in talking about has 2 acres of brush not high, around 4 inches in the back and in the front 1/2 an acre of manicure lawn i already have the contract for the front at 80 bucks every to weeks , but she want it me to cut their back yard whit their brush hog of 6 feet deck . why not

my question is how much for an acre of brush,
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-01-2012, 09:57 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,317
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Well ultimately your cost for operation per hour should be similar whether you are cutting a smaller property or a larger one. The only real difference would be that you are using a different piece of equipment that might cost you more to operate and if it does, then it needs to be accounted for in your hour costs.

So do you feel comfortable just scaling up the charge from the smaller property to the larger one?

Quote:
it takes me 30 to 45 minutes to do a 1/2 an acre me and my help with my 2 HRX217 Honda, one in the back and 1 in the front including line edging and blowing. at 75 bucks per service
(30 to 45 minutes) x 2 men = 1 man hr to 1 man hr and a half for $75.

So then scale it up for the acre sized property and you are thinking it would take 2 man hours per acre?

2 man hours based on your smaller lawn fee could go for $100 - $150.

Does this help?
__________________
- 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
  #5  
Old 06-02-2012, 09:20 PM
Shark1611 Shark1611 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 360
Rep Power: 4
Shark1611 is on a distinguished road
Default

I charged $100.00 plus sales tax. But now I am not doing those anymore. I had to find my brand, and my brand is not to do anything but lawns. Maybe next year I will be a tractor with a shreader, but untill then I am done. So with that I find we all have our own ways to do our business. I have made more money getting out of it in the long run.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-04-2012, 01:01 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,317
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Was there anything that led you to not taking on larger properties 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
  #7  
Old 06-04-2012, 10:28 PM
Grass Doctor Grass Doctor is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: san antonio tx
Posts: 407
Rep Power: 3
Grass Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Well ultimately your cost for operation per hour should be similar whether you are cutting a smaller property or a larger one. The only real difference would be that you are using a different piece of equipment that might cost you more to operate and if it does, then it needs to be accounted for in your hour costs.

So do you feel comfortable just scaling up the charge from the smaller property to the larger one?



(30 to 45 minutes) x 2 men = 1 man hr to 1 man hr and a half for $75.

So then scale it up for the acre sized property and you are thinking it would take 2 man hours per acre?



2 man hours based on your smaller lawn fee could go for $100 - $150.

Does this help?
thank you for asking, i feel great men actually i am very exiting i got one of this property's just to try ill upload some pics of this yards after i finish doing one of them 2 acres it only took me 3 hours by my self no help i fire the helper since he was no help so it should take me 1 1/2 whit a lawn tractor 42 inches weed it and blow oh i trim like 10, 4 feet tall rose bush. there was no need to use their brush hog
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-04-2012, 10:44 PM
Grass Doctor Grass Doctor is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: san antonio tx
Posts: 407
Rep Power: 3
Grass Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shark1611 View Post
I charged $100.00 plus sales tax. But now I am not doing those anymore. I had to find my brand, and my brand is not to do anything but lawns. Maybe next year I will be a tractor with a shreader, but untill then I am done. So with that I find we all have our own ways to do our business. I have made more money getting out of it in the long run.

good for you shark, i kind of like the idea to become the brush master
he he the way i think about this service, is that, if there is a market and its profitable i wan to be part off it, most of this brush i am talking about its wild grass, its not like 3 feet tall i have seen guys cutting 1/4 acre "lawns" higher than that for realtors, i will not mind adding 10 of this accounts in a year round contract.
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
need advise rawssrob Starting a lawn care business. 6 02-24-2010 05:26 AM
New Toy...Need Some Advise Seann Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 13 10-16-2009 09:22 AM
advise on mowers bulldogg Starting a lawn care business. 8 09-21-2009 06:39 PM
Need help looking for advise Dan3691 Introduce Yourself 16 10-21-2007 01:53 PM
Advise please BladeWarrior Starting a lawn care business. 7 02-15-2007 07:52 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
Today 11:05 PM
by CaliforniaFriendly
3 184
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
Today 05:12 PM
by jymie
6 293
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
Today 03:37 PM
by Steve
8 232
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
Yesterday 10:17 AM
Today 03:27 PM
by Steve
3 135
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
Today 03:11 PM
by Steve
5 184
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
Today 03:04 PM
by Steve
7 280
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
Today 02:58 PM
by Steve
1 136
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
Today 02:48 PM
by Steve
3 221
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
Today 02:44 PM
by Steve
2 165
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
Today 02:30 PM
by Steve
1 116
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
Today 02:28 PM
by Steve
1 141
snowplowing
jshak40
Yesterday 07:20 AM
Today 08:15 AM
by kslawn
6 181
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
Yesterday 11:36 PM
by SGL1
7 294
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
08-30-2014 09:49 AM
by BLC7
10 464
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 600
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
08-28-2014 12:01 PM
by Steve
16 679
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-27-2014 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 331,354
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-26-2014 04:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
110 6,757
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 581
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 254
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 3,913
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 347
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
08-22-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 420
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
08-21-2014 04:09 PM
08-22-2014 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 295
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:30 AM
08-22-2014 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 262
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
08-21-2014 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 309
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-21-2014 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 550
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
08-21-2014 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 807
Hello
M2Dave
08-21-2014 12:32 AM
08-21-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 270
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
08-21-2014 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 607
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 575
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 320
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 430
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 339
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 1,175
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 637
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,753
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 809
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 2,008
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 435
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 562
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 392
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 663
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 539
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 638
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 688
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 947
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 477
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 544
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 437
» Popular Tags
4wd ads auger birdscaping charge collections subcontractor craigslist customers ecosymbiosis estimate exmark ferris first truck georgia gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes hills holiday honda how much to charge how to bid introduction invoice john deere quik trac kawasaki labor cost landscape services late lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn service leaf cleanup lesco lighting marketing mowing mulch estimate native plants new buisness online classifieds patio install podcast pto reo rotating scag scripts season seo snow plowing sprayer starting a business start up lawn care business stihl theft theft of services tips toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:13 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:13 PM.

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