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 > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

Lawn Care Estimating for Beginners.


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 11-28-2008, 03:36 PM
jvegas jvegas is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 1
Rep Power: 0
jvegas is on a distinguished road
Default

hi i'm new to the site i just watched the estimating calculator video that was great. i was looking to sign up for keiths channel canyou tell me how 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


  #12  
Old 11-28-2008, 06:35 PM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by jvegas View Post
hi i'm new to the site i just watched the estimating calculator video that was great. i was looking to sign up for keiths channel canyou tell me how thanks
Hello:

Welcome to the forum.

Thanks:

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 11-28-2008, 07:51 PM
landonkade's Avatar
landonkade landonkade is offline
Matt
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: alabama
Age: 32
Posts: 447
Rep Power: 8
landonkade
Default

Keith can you give us a example qoute for the below property on a estimate on mowing, weeding, edging, blowing, and all using your program

This is a apartment complex 6 unit complex with pool and entrance way. There are to major hills on the corners, one far left and one far right, straight aways all though out
Attached Images
File Type: jpg google earth-flynn road.jpg (59.2 KB, 37 views)

Last edited by landonkade; 11-28-2008 at 07:56 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 11-29-2008, 02:37 AM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Lightbulb Apartment complex lawn care estimate.

Thanks for the challenge.

I will tackle this mowing project with a few disclaimers.

1) Never give an estimate based strictly on a Google Earth photograph. It can give you a general idea of your bid but you have to visit the project site yourself to understand the lay of the land, obstructions, gradients, type of grass, desires of apartment management, etc.

2) I can't see the slope of the hills you describe. Also, there looks to be a drainage problem in the upper left corner of the complex. Problems like these can add hours to your work and you simply cannot plan for them based on a photo.

3) I never give quotes on this forum but since so many people read this forum and each person has different needs and expectations it's better for each person to use the software for assistance on their own particular projects.

3) There are other aspects I can't take into account due to it being only a photo.
Weeding - I can't even see the beds. So, I'm going to leave them off.
Travel Time - Umm...no way for me to determine this.

4) For this example, I am assuming 1 person running a 61" lawn mower with ~20hp motor, 1 weedeater, and 1 backpack blower. The equipment operator is proficient and mows with a 80% efficiency (the software takes into consideration overlaps, inefficient turns, etc). I am also going to assume this area is 40% more difficult to mow than a "normal" area this size (once again, the estimating program helps you determine this).

Okay, now that all that is out of the way, I crunched some numbers based on your photo. Here is what I have come up with:

1) Mowing: I calculated the size of the entire project is approximately 16 acres (outlying trees not included). Taking out buildings, parking lots, sidewalks, etc, the actual mowing area is almost 11.5 acres. Using the productivity/estimating calculator software I believe you can mow that area in an estimated 5 1/2 hours taking into account for the difficult terrain and the equipment described above.

2) Trimming/Edging: My calculations for trimming accounted for buildings, walk paths, pool and other public areas but it did not account for the outside perimeter or the perimeter at the outside of the parking lot. Taking this into account, I came up with 6220 feet of string trimming that needs to be done every week. At 1' per second, trimming will take 1 hour 43 minutes.

3) Blowing: Blowing is subjective. By minimizing the amount of grass your mower shoots onto walk areas, you should be able to blow off the area in 1 hour. Size of blower and number of cars in the way will have a bearing.

Alright, let's add all this up:
Mowing: 5.5 hours
Trimming: 1.72 hours
Blowing: 1.00 hours
Total: 8.22 HOURS

Based strictly on one photograph you sent and some assumptions I programmed into the estimating software, I came up with an estimated 8 hours 13 minutes to do this job.

Once this number is calculated, the actual software goes further to help a LCO determine a bid for this type work. I won't go into that here.

Matt, I am sure you have physically looked at or performed this particular piece of work. How close did I come?

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
estimate, how 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
HARDSCAPE ESTIMATING 101 Steve Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 4 12-06-2007 11:29 PM
Lawn Pro's Lawn Care needs a door hanger Steve Graphic Design Discussions 1 11-21-2007 03:23 PM
estimating problem dfb Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 5 06-26-2005 09:32 AM
estimating problem Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 3 06-03-2005 04:24 PM
C & E Lawn Care Steve General Business Discussions 9 06-29-2004 09:22 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
tips on creating a...
BLAZIER-1991
01-08-2015 07:22 PM
Today 10:38 AM
by brian'slawncare
9 776
stubbon people
Bradcook21
02-16-2015 04:25 PM
Today 07:38 AM
by Mr. Mow
44 1,402
What's include in a bid?
ppl
Yesterday 01:19 PM
Yesterday 10:56 PM
by avetslawncare
8 158
rock salt
Bradcook21
02-24-2015 11:17 AM
Yesterday 10:20 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
29 596
pros and cons on...
Wolf4dk
Yesterday 12:26 AM
Yesterday 10:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 117
New Website
brian'slawncare
03-01-2015 06:35 PM
Yesterday 09:41 PM
by Truro
7 126
My Newborn son
avetslawncare
02-27-2015 01:07 PM
Yesterday 09:30 PM
by S&Z Lawncare
6 136
How do YOU charge your...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
Yesterday 09:28 PM
Yesterday 09:28 PM
by Hard-Body lawn & garden
0 30
New Lawn Care Business
S&Z Lawncare
Yesterday 04:13 PM
Yesterday 09:28 PM
by S&Z Lawncare
2 78
price for snow clearing?
Bradcook21
02-25-2015 09:11 PM
Yesterday 08:32 PM
by Bradcook21
7 255
Opinions on truck wrap
Truro
02-28-2015 04:21 PM
Yesterday 08:03 PM
by Truro
8 212
Diesel conversion?
Just for Cuts
Yesterday 10:59 AM
Yesterday 06:46 PM
by Just for Cuts
2 76
Ugliest lawn contest
Steve
02-23-2015 04:17 PM
Yesterday 04:57 PM
by Steve
5 361
Hi from the beautiful...
nwgirl
02-07-2015 06:01 AM
Yesterday 04:45 PM
by Steve
5 651
Online Estimator
acrajchel
03-01-2015 05:58 PM
Yesterday 03:50 PM
by Steve
3 101
How to obtain more...
winkie61
02-17-2015 08:31 AM
Yesterday 11:05 AM
by nwgirl
4 582
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 01:41 AM
Yesterday 10:44 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
16 659
How to sell annual...
GroPro
02-17-2015 12:31 PM
03-01-2015 01:46 PM
by Chilehead
8 614
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
02-27-2015 11:37 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
52 11,850
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 01:31 PM
02-26-2015 03:43 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 1,787
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
02-26-2015 02:54 PM
by Steve
5 537
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 01:06 AM
02-26-2015 02:41 PM
by Steve
1 140
Another website update
Chilehead
02-26-2015 11:24 AM
02-26-2015 12:46 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 133
New Lawn Care Service...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:49 AM
02-26-2015 02:24 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
1 152
Finally!
SGL1
02-22-2015 09:46 PM
02-25-2015 10:15 PM
by SGL1
13 490
leaf removal.. mulching...
facework84
08-05-2011 03:26 PM
02-25-2015 08:07 PM
by Steve
5 2,823
How many customers?
SC93
02-25-2015 12:40 AM
02-25-2015 04:59 PM
by SC93
5 265
Irrigation...
charlieallen
02-24-2015 01:16 PM
02-25-2015 02:58 PM
by Steve
6 255
use a small business...
BLAZIER-1991
12-25-2014 12:21 AM
02-25-2015 12:46 AM
by SC93
33 2,878
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 02:30 AM
02-24-2015 07:12 PM
by homey
10 705
2nd year advice anyone
Bradcook21
02-18-2015 07:00 PM
02-24-2015 05:15 PM
by Bradcook21
14 675
need help
lawnexpers115
02-23-2015 05:36 PM
02-24-2015 02:49 PM
by Steve
3 299
Hello People
nativikee
02-23-2015 07:17 PM
02-24-2015 02:43 PM
by Steve
4 298
New member
qua ke zik 001
02-23-2015 11:24 AM
02-23-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 252
New Video
Sprinkler Buddy
02-22-2015 09:18 PM
02-23-2015 03:19 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 277
need help with SCAG...
apmAkron
02-23-2015 09:14 AM
02-23-2015 01:57 PM
by apmAkron
3 278
which degrees would be...
BLAZIER-1991
02-20-2015 04:46 PM
02-23-2015 01:47 PM
by Steve
9 446
Trouble logging in
avetslawncare
02-21-2015 02:06 PM
02-23-2015 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 641
John Deere Quik Track...
acrajchel
02-20-2015 03:12 PM
02-23-2015 01:40 PM
by Steve
1 314
Trimming and...
joshlawncare
02-15-2015 02:04 PM
02-22-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
5 649
where can i post this
zippy-phil
02-17-2015 07:58 PM
02-20-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
7 526
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
02-19-2015 04:43 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
29 2,700
Thumbs up or down?
lawnman1959
02-18-2015 11:40 AM
02-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Chilehead
3 446
Am I growing too fast?
Mattcrump
08-04-2011 11:54 PM
02-19-2015 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 5,244
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
02-19-2015 12:31 PM
by Steve
1,215 372,295
Mowing 2 acres
Bradcook21
01-05-2015 03:13 PM
02-19-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
16 1,504
FREE Custom Website...
breadcrumb
01-31-2015 10:58 PM
02-18-2015 01:32 PM
by Steve
5 1,151
Taking a step back
Billy Goat
02-16-2015 07:37 AM
02-18-2015 01:17 PM
by Chilehead
9 625
Employees
stevej
02-17-2015 05:25 PM
02-18-2015 12:47 PM
by Mr. Mow
1 433
Landscapers from hell!!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 03:55 PM
02-17-2015 07:48 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,053
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter bush contract help deliquentaccounts demonstration design ditches door hangers employee problems estimate facebook foreman four wheel drive google gopherhaul gravely growing a lawn care business how to jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business 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 mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets mulch new mower per hour service podcast pricing pto secrets to landscaping seo shell shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro toro grand stand tractor auger trailer trailer mate pro up sell employee web design website design winterization wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:07 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:07 AM.

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