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.

TREE REMOVAL


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 02-08-2008, 02:19 PM
abryconlawn abryconlawn is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 7
abryconlawn
Default

Hey everybody, I've been in the landscaping business for about five years now and just doing general maintenance and mowing work. *I also do a little bit of tree removal too. *I'm curious how you guys go about estimating the price of tree removal jobs you have. *I know some estimates can get pretty high. *What do you consider when pricing jobs. *Also, if you could give me an example with a picture of a job you did and how much you charged. *Thanks.
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 02-08-2008, 10:05 PM
Little's's Avatar
Little's Little's is offline
Brandon
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Shasta Lake CA.
Posts: 814
Rep Power: 8
Little's is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
The price can vary hugely based on many factors. Answer these as best you can, and I will give you the best answer I can based on the facts provided.
1. What type of tree is it?
2. Size (trunk diameter and height)
3. Is the tree alive or dead? (if dead, how long?)
4. Are there any structures close by? If so, how close?
5. Any power lines close? How close?
6. Any other lines? (cable, phone, etc.)
7. Is there room to just drop the tree or does it need to be limbed down?
8. Do you have a picture of it.

There is a video of me downing a 60 ft cottonwood on my site. To give you an idea, I had to fall the tree, then cut it into pieces less than 20 inches. I was to leave all the pieces, the customer was responsible for hauling the brush and splitting the wood. It took me 4 hours and I charged them $1000.
__________________
Northern California
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-09-2008, 06:59 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

Brandon,

Can you tell us a little on how these different factors effect your pricing?

Also you should get the skype.com free computer phone program and we could do a podcast on this! My contact name on skype is GopherHaul.
__________________
- 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 02-09-2008, 08:07 AM
abryconlawn abryconlawn is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 7
abryconlawn
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (Little's @ Feb. 08 2008,11:05)]The price can vary hugely based on many factors. Answer these as best you can, and I will give you the best answer I can based on the facts provided.
1. What type of tree is it?
2. Size (trunk diameter and height)
3. Is the tree alive or dead? (if dead, how long?)
4. Are there any structures close by? If so, how close?
5. Any power lines close? How close?
6. Any other lines? (cable, phone, etc.)
7. Is there room to just drop the tree or does it need to be limbed down?
8. Do you have a picture of it.

There is a video of me downing a 60 ft cottonwood on my site. To give you an idea, I had to fall the tree, then cut it into pieces less than 20 inches. I was to leave all the pieces, the customer was responsible for hauling the brush and splitting the wood. It took me 4 hours and I charged them $1000.
For example I had a job that I was cutting down a 45ft pine tree that was 16 in diameter. *The tree was alive with a house about 15-18 ft. away from it. *No power lines, cables, and you had to limb it down to remove the tree. *It took me about 4 hours to cut it down and remove it. *Unfortunately I don't have any pics of it. *

I'm just curious, in general, the average pricing when dealing with the criteria that you have below. *The height, diameter, full or sparse of branches, structures nearby, etc. *Also, do you combine the price of removal with cutting the tree down or is that a seperate cost with that. *I've got a basic understanding, but wanted to know a little more of the pricing aspect more in detail. *I understand the longer it takes and the more liability there is around the more it would be. *Thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-10-2008, 12:56 AM
Little's's Avatar
Little's Little's is offline
Brandon
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Shasta Lake CA.
Posts: 814
Rep Power: 8
Little's is on a distinguished road
Default

My estimations may be different than how others estimate. But, if I have to climb a tree, the price usually is multiplied by 4. For instance, if I had to fall the pine you are talking about with a single pie cut, then cut it up, I would charge about $200. BUT, if I have to climb it, limb it down, then cut it up, I would charge about $800. This doesnt include the cost of hauling it away. You will have to figure that based on the size of your trailer, how far you have to haul it, etc.
Climbing a tree is way more dangerous, therefore you can respectively charge much more for it. You have to have all the right safety equipment (which costs a small fortune), and insurance is high for this kind of work too.
For work like this, you can usually be safe estimating your jobs at $200 dollars per hour. You may think this is high or even outrageous, but compare it to other tree company bids, and you will see that this is even on the low side.
I have had customers call me out to give them a bid, and when I tell them the price, they think it is too much. Then after they get a couple bids from Davey Tree or similar large tree company, call me back and give me the go ahead.
I hope this helps. Remember that climbing trees is VERY dangerous, and make sure you don't cut any corners when it comes to safety. Always carry a life insurance policy just in case.
__________________
Northern California
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-10-2008, 12:58 AM
Little's's Avatar
Little's Little's is offline
Brandon
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Shasta Lake CA.
Posts: 814
Rep Power: 8
Little's is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Feb. 09 2008,4:59)]Also you should get the skype.com free computer phone program and we could do a podcast on this! My contact name on skype is GopherHaul.
I have thought about getting skype. Maybe I will soon. Keep me informed on some ideas you may have.
__________________
Northern California
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-10-2008, 09:26 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

This would be a great topic to discuss on the podcast!

Is there anyway to say what it costs to remove the average tree? If you have to climb it and take it down? And how long would that take?

Do you add a premium fee if you are near structures or near powerlines?

Also, do you have any idea what some of the larger tree companies charge per hour?
__________________
- 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
  #8  
Old 02-10-2008, 11:35 AM
Little's's Avatar
Little's Little's is offline
Brandon
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Shasta Lake CA.
Posts: 814
Rep Power: 8
Little's is on a distinguished road
Default

I think it would be good for a podcast too. I wonder how interested others are on the subject.
I dont think it is possible to say what the average tree costs to remove. An average tree here in my area is different than an average tree in the midwest or New York etc.
But I could say that my average pay for a tree removal in my area is around $400 if I don't have to climb it. $800-$1200 if I have to climb and piece it down.
I dont really add a premium for power lines, etc. but I do have to be much more careful and it takes more time, so I figure that in.
I don't know how the tree companies charge. I have never asked. I do know that they are very pricey.
__________________
Northern California
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-10-2008, 11:40 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

I think people would be very interested in hearing your views on this!

Ok let's say for the sake of discussion, there is a tree close to a home and you really need top be careful when taking it down. How do you figure how much extra time to work into the bid?

Is there some kind of rule of thumb? Or is it a guesstimate? What's your advice on 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 With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-17-2008, 09:37 AM
musician/lawnman's Avatar
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 7
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

My liability insurance won't cover me for the big trees, I did sub the removal of a large pine out to another company thought I wasn't there to see in taken down.

I've only removed 2 trees in the last year & I'll tell yapalm trees suck! I had 1 customer with a dead Christmas palm (was probably about 8 ft tall when alive) he sprayed too close to it with round up & killed it. I had to remove the 3' stalk & root ball to plant another in it's place, we dug around it for about an hour & a half (me & 1 other guy) & couldn't get all the roots cut. When I tried to rock it back & forth to figure out where it was still connected the stalk crumbled (was hollow & rotten) I ended up sticking a chain saw in the dirt & circling the tree to cut all remaining roots. I ruined a bar & chain but got it out in 3 minutes! Shoulda just used a stump grinder.

The other was a 15' palm 12" diameter to be cut off at the ground. cut up & hauled off. I charged $175 It was not enough. I was there about 2.5 hours, dulled 2 chains, bent 1 bar & nearly killed my myself loading the 3-4' sections into the truck by myself. I cut it as few times as possibl because palms do not cut like wood, they are fiber & the gum up a chain saw quick plus it takes longer to make the cut.
__________________
AAA QUALITY CLEAN CUT, LLC.
LAWN CARE & LANDSCAPING
Visit us here:

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

» 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 apartment complex auger birdscaping blades charge christmas lighting collections subcontractor credit card processing customers ecosymbiosis escrow exmark ferris first truck fundraiser georgia gopherhaul grass gravely gravely 34" zero turn growing a lawn care business honda how much to charge how to bid john deere quik trac kawasaki landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn service leaf cleanup leaf removal lighting marketing mulch estimate native plants new buisness online classifieds outdoor environments patio install podcast pto redmax rotating savannah scag season seo snow plowing sprayer starting a business start up lawn care business stihl tips toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack turfgrass consulting walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:47 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:47 PM.

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