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.

going on my first estimate tonight.


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 04-11-2013, 07:13 AM
jma91678 jma91678 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 11
Rep Power: 3
jma91678 is on a distinguished road
Default going on my first estimate tonight.

I have been reading and reading some more on here. After 2 years of thinking about it,I am taking the plunge. I have saved up and purchased all my equipment. I have a 6.5 x10 trailer a 34 in walk behind, trimmer blowers, edgers and hand tools. I am going to do my first estimate tonight after work. Kinda excited and nervous at the same time. Lucky for me its a friend from highschool. Haven't talked to them in years but that business is business. They have a few rental properties as well so many I can venture in that direction as well. I will post how it goes and any questions when I return.
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 04-11-2013, 07:37 AM
LawnBoy0311 LawnBoy0311 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Coast
Posts: 1,169
Rep Power: 0
LawnBoy0311 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Good luck and be confident! You'll do great! Research is the key to everything.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-11-2013, 11:28 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,740
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That sounds very exciting! Keep us posted on how it all goes.
__________________
- 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 04-11-2013, 05:15 PM
GreenBlue's Avatar
GreenBlue GreenBlue is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Kansas
Posts: 248
Rep Power: 2
GreenBlue is on a distinguished road
Default

Just got home from work, how'd it go with your estimate?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-11-2013, 10:16 PM
jma91678 jma91678 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 11
Rep Power: 3
jma91678 is on a distinguished road
Default

Well it didn't start out to well. At first all she wanted was a basic mow. That's OK but the lawn looked as if it had never been edged before. So after I offered to edge it for free with a signed seasonal contract she opened up. I left her with a written proposal and a copy of my contract to go over with her husband. Hoping they bite if not oh well. I gave her a bid that was more than fair. The yard was basically flat with only 2 trees. Maybe 40 ft of trimming. I gave her a quote of $35 a now with contract. How was my first bid. Mind you I'm only a 1 man band. Job should take 35/40 min to complete start to finish. One question that was brought up was what do I do if we get no rain and yards don't need mowed. I told her we would just not bill for the effected weeks and keep it simple. Was that a correct answer? If not what should I have said? That's foe all your help.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-11-2013, 10:22 PM
jma91678 jma91678 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 11
Rep Power: 3
jma91678 is on a distinguished road
Default

dang phone. i ment to say Thanks for all the help.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-11-2013, 11:19 PM
ratchetmaster2 ratchetmaster2 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 185
Rep Power: 3
ratchetmaster2 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jma91678 View Post
One question that was brought up was what do I do if we get no rain and yards don't need mowed. I told her we would just not bill for the effected weeks and keep it simple. Was that a correct answer? If not what should I have said?
A problem I ran into last year. And another reason it's hard to sell a contract. I live in an area where [some] lawns legitimately don't need to be mowed for 2-3 weeks at a time in the summer it gets so dry. I guess the solution is to market a way to keep the grass growing. Instead of mowing every week, you should spend the time to water their lawn and fertilize it? They are hiring you to make the lawn look good whether it's mowing or some other method.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-12-2013, 06:42 AM
LawnBoy0311 LawnBoy0311 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Coast
Posts: 1,169
Rep Power: 0
LawnBoy0311 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jma91678 View Post
Well it didn't start out to well. At first all she wanted was a basic mow. That's OK but the lawn looked as if it had never been edged before. So after I offered to edge it for free with a signed seasonal contract she opened up. I left her with a written proposal and a copy of my contract to go over with her husband. Hoping they bite if not oh well. I gave her a bid that was more than fair. The yard was basically flat with only 2 trees. Maybe 40 ft of trimming. I gave her a quote of $35 a now with contract. How was my first bid. Mind you I'm only a 1 man band. Job should take 35/40 min to complete start to finish. One question that was brought up was what do I do if we get no rain and yards don't need mowed. I told her we would just not bill for the effected weeks and keep it simple. Was that a correct answer? If not what should I have said? That's foe all your help.
Thats a tough one. All areas are very different. For example, last year the US had a mjor drought....but my area wasn't affected hardly at all. The midwest guys were hurtin pretty bad.

Some guys on here say they charge for it anyway, and that the customer is paying for a service and basically pay to keep them on your schedule. I've tried it for my area, and all it did was get a few customers pretty mad with me. Here is what I did to supplement it:

Weekly mowing customers: During the months where the grass is growing fast, quickly cuts will be performed. During the months where the grass slows down, biweekly cuts will be performed.

Biweekly- Most lawns here can be cut biweekly with no problem. During late fall they will only end up getting cut once depending on the weather.

Full service- One flat rate. If I show up 1 time or 4 times, its still the same price.

I have a max number of customers I have in mind each year. Since I work a full time job, I try to cut 3 to 4 lawns a day, and try to fill my schedule Monday-Thursday leaving Friday's open for mulch, shurbs, weeding, etc.

So for your questions, it depends on how you want to try it. You could try what some do and charge regardless if it needs to be cut, or you can charge it how I do it. The way I do it can be confusing, and is harder work trying to fill slots! But I'd rather keep them happy.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-18-2013, 06:05 AM
LawnBoy0311 LawnBoy0311 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Coast
Posts: 1,169
Rep Power: 0
LawnBoy0311 is on a distinguished road
Default

Any more updates? Have you done any other quotes?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-18-2013, 08:26 AM
jma91678 jma91678 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 11
Rep Power: 3
jma91678 is on a distinguished road
Default

Been actually busy. They accepted and signed a contract. Started on Monday. While there a lady stopped by as I was edging and asked for a quote. I went by and gave it to her and she declined. Two days later she called and accepted. She has an older guy that mows and he told her he was 2 old to edge and my price was a good one. Went and did a quote to clean out a few beds and replace mulch. Landed that one as well. Going out tonight for a spring cleanup, lawn roll, mulch and now estimate. Hope it keeps rolling like this. I didn't do any favors to myself on my first quote. I was so anxious to land a job that offered free edging if they signed up for a full season. I will NEVER do that again. I doubt it had ever been edged. Oh well I landed another job off it but man that was way to time consuming to give it away. Maybe next time just a discount. Lol.
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
Podcast Tonight? LGYardService GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Show, Video, Book & Podcast Discussions. 8 03-21-2008 08:23 AM
Apprentice on tonight Steve General Talk 4 01-29-2007 02:14 PM
Apprentice is on tonight Steve General Business Discussions 5 05-16-2006 01:16 PM
Apprentice tonight! Steve General Business Discussions 2 04-17-2006 06:33 PM
Apprentice 9m Tonight Steve General Business Discussions 14 04-04-2006 01:18 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
this mower is driving me...
boog
Today 12:07 PM
Today 12:07 PM
by boog
0 11
Truck Signage
Dan Tanner
Yesterday 11:00 PM
Today 12:04 PM
by stevef1201
5 83
REO calling
Dan Tanner
Yesterday 05:03 PM
Today 12:00 PM
by Steve
5 113
Instagram
Gerardo_Landscape
Yesterday 11:28 AM
Today 11:50 AM
by Steve
1 40
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
Yesterday 10:13 PM
by grassdoctore
8 251
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 08:26 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
30 964
Nationwide lawn care...
Billy Goat
04-15-2014 05:21 PM
Yesterday 07:35 PM
by stevef1201
8 157
Accepting credit cards,...
Darksteel
03-17-2014 08:01 PM
Yesterday 01:02 PM
by jymie
15 675
Help with weed liability!
Prolawnofchatt
04-15-2014 09:10 AM
Yesterday 11:20 AM
by kslawn
3 129
Trimec
acrajchel
04-15-2014 08:24 PM
Yesterday 11:10 AM
by Steve
3 76
leaf removal
tlf59263
04-15-2014 10:00 PM
Yesterday 11:05 AM
by Steve
2 99
Gopher Forum Discount!
BlackRain75
04-12-2014 10:44 PM
Yesterday 10:50 AM
by Steve
9 229
hello
NFrailey
04-15-2014 01:39 PM
Yesterday 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 68
Any greenhouse operators...
GoGreenerKS
04-15-2014 11:21 AM
Yesterday 10:43 AM
by Steve
3 89
Pricing a Mulch Job
dmcalpi
04-07-2014 02:16 PM
Yesterday 09:40 AM
by jymie
21 555
google earth
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 03:24 PM
Yesterday 09:36 AM
by jymie
8 194
Looking for advice on a...
Tekeda1
04-13-2014 09:53 AM
Yesterday 08:54 AM
by Tekeda1
12 255
There has to be an...
CDLAWNCARE
04-14-2014 12:59 PM
04-15-2014 04:06 PM
by Dan Tanner
6 145
First Day Back!
BelleCityLawn1
04-09-2014 09:13 PM
04-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
11 282
Mow America
stevegredler
04-13-2014 01:02 PM
04-14-2014 09:53 PM
by kslawn
5 166
Power Broom
acrajchel
04-14-2014 07:46 AM
04-14-2014 12:47 PM
by CDLAWNCARE
2 84
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
04-14-2014 11:34 AM
by Steve
1,176 284,296
Equipment reviews
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 07:17 AM
04-14-2014 11:27 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
13 381
Sulky and Turf Tracer
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:44 PM
04-14-2014 10:51 AM
by Steve
8 281
Aerating Prices?
Dan Tanner
04-08-2014 03:16 PM
04-14-2014 10:31 AM
by Steve
13 390
Estimating help
acrajchel
04-11-2014 06:06 PM
04-14-2014 10:20 AM
by Steve
3 143
Lawn Renovation
stevef1201
04-11-2014 12:00 PM
04-14-2014 10:03 AM
by Steve
5 161
Need help bidding church...
GreenRidge Lawn&Landscape
04-07-2014 08:01 PM
04-14-2014 09:49 AM
by Steve
12 364
Hello all
Griff20114
04-12-2014 05:08 PM
04-14-2014 09:46 AM
by Steve
1 88
Step by Step Spring Lawn...
WarriorLawnscaping
04-10-2014 07:01 AM
04-14-2014 09:43 AM
by Steve
5 200
Jeff Cowden
jcowden
04-11-2014 07:27 PM
04-14-2014 09:39 AM
by Steve
1 90
Exmark Commercial 30...
Dan Tanner
04-11-2014 05:35 AM
04-14-2014 09:37 AM
by Steve
4 164
What Was Your Setup When...
superrman77
02-11-2014 10:53 AM
04-14-2014 08:04 AM
by acrajchel
21 1,533
Small guy time to get a...
googus
04-08-2014 08:16 AM
04-13-2014 07:18 PM
by A. Kulak Landscaping
9 294
Weekly vs. Bi-weekly
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 01:48 PM
04-13-2014 06:03 PM
by kslawn
9 299
Weed ID help
TwinBrosLC
04-12-2014 10:39 AM
04-13-2014 07:40 AM
by stevef1201
4 133
Lexington, KY
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:06 PM
04-11-2014 09:49 PM
by acrajchel
1 115
Food Plot Management
BlackRain75
04-11-2014 10:20 AM
04-11-2014 03:51 PM
by Steve
4 116
Estimating a job
acrajchel
04-08-2014 11:07 AM
04-11-2014 03:32 PM
by Steve
6 262
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
04-11-2014 03:25 PM
by Steve
11 982
Hello....
SWFloridaLawns
04-10-2014 06:15 PM
04-11-2014 02:28 PM
by Steve
2 113
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 12:01 AM
04-10-2014 10:33 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
78 24,960
Trading Accounts
goodtimez
04-09-2014 05:42 PM
04-10-2014 01:55 PM
by Steve
2 144
Grass that has...
erock289
04-09-2014 10:21 AM
04-10-2014 01:52 PM
by Steve
3 158
Prowrap Trimmer Engine...
Steve
05-24-2006 07:05 PM
04-10-2014 01:09 PM
by Steve
10 2,189
1st annual Easter egg...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 06:58 AM
04-10-2014 01:07 PM
by Steve
1 103
Hello everyone
aceslawnandgarden
04-03-2014 06:54 PM
04-10-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
9 358
Weed control programs
Mallard91
04-02-2014 12:25 PM
04-10-2014 12:56 PM
by Steve
6 326
homeowner vs...
GoGreenerKS
04-07-2014 10:54 AM
04-10-2014 12:52 PM
by Steve
8 267
Hello
smgibson
04-07-2014 10:06 PM
04-10-2014 12:39 PM
by Steve
2 112
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:24 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:24 PM.

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