I Was Reading A Lawn Care Business Book, And It Said That The Measuring Wheel Helps Calculate Sq. Footage Needed To Obtain The Hourly Rate. Does Anyone Else Do This? Or Do You Just Charge By The Hour By Guestimating The Total Amount Of Time?
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I am a fan of knowing the area of a job. This helps you take an academic approach to estimating instead of crossing your fingers and hoping it doesn't take you longer than expected. This is especially important with larger jobs.
I have several tools in my quiver to estimate job size:
1) Walking the area. Approx. 3' per stride
2) Measuring Wheel
3) GPS with area calculation
4) Google Earth Pro with area calculation tools.
Here's a video I did last year to help explain the process of using a measuring wheel:
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