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.

Charging by Sq Ft


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 03-12-2009, 11:16 PM
morrislawn morrislawn is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Parkersburg, WV
Age: 32
Posts: 1
Rep Power: 0
morrislawn is on a distinguished road
Default Charging by Sq Ft

I was thinking about bidding my mowing services by the Sq Ft. Can anybody help me figure how much to charge per Sq Ft. I'm trying to be more consistent with my bidding. I seen some where that the going rate was $0.003 per Sq Ft. That sounds a little high to me. I'm located in West Virginia. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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 03-13-2009, 02:45 AM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 65
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 7
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default per sgft

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I bid my jobs by 1,000 sgft. For mowing, I bid $18.00 per 1,000 sgft per month for lawns up to 10,000 sgft. I give a discount for larger lawns because I am already at the job and don't have travel time, etc. I also give 5% discounts for seniors and military.

I came about this figure with the notion I wanted to make $50.00 per hour.

I use the same process for figuring just about anything else that can be figured by area. I. E. aerating, fertilizing, leaf clean-up, etc.

For commercial multiple properties (mostly foreclosed homes by banks and real estate co's) I charge $14.00 per 1,000 monthly (weekly mowing) and $7.00 per 1,000 sgft bi-weekly. By multiple, I mean contracts for at least 3 properties. Note: Banks and RE Companies will not even talk to you unless you have $2,000,000.00 liability coverage! They are easy to upsell if you will do additional services such as rug steam cleaning, painting, etc. Good for raint days.

Figure how much you want per hour and go accordingly.

Steve
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-14-2009, 02:38 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,222
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I charge $14.00 per 1,000 monthly (weekly mowing) and $7.00 per 1,000 sgft bi-weekly.
$14 per 1,000 sq ft of mowing for weekly mowing jobs

and $7.00 per 1,000 sq ft if you cut it every two weeks?

So you charge less per cut if you cut it every other week?
__________________
- 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 03-14-2009, 04:16 AM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 65
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 7
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
$14 per 1,000 sq ft of mowing for weekly mowing jobs

and $7.00 per 1,000 sq ft if you cut it every two weeks?

So you charge less per cut if you cut it every other week?
These are monthly charges.

Weekly - $14.00 per 1,000 sq ft per month.**
Bi-weekly - $7.00 per 1,000 per sq ft per month.**

** with at least 3 properties per month contract.

Steve
Reply With Quote
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-14-2009, 10:01 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

Morrislawn,

I don't charge by the square foot, but if a property is oversized or an odd shaped lot I will use a measuring wheel & walk it off in front of the potential client during the estimate. If I charge X for a 10,000 sq ft average lot & their property is 13,000 sf then it's easier to show them in real numbers why they are going to pay 30% more than a client with an average lot.
You can stand there & say "well your property looks a little bigger so I figure It'll be Idunno $5 bucks more..." or you can show them that for a fact there is $5 more work here & I should be compensated for the additional, time, fuel, & wear on equipment to service the additional area.

You can't really argue fact. Plus you'll appear more professional for having done so.
__________________
AAA QUALITY CLEAN CUT, LLC.
LAWN CARE & LANDSCAPING
Visit us here:

  #6  
Old 03-14-2009, 04:55 PM
CloseCuts CloseCuts is offline
Hoss
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Milford, DE
Posts: 147
Rep Power: 7
CloseCuts
Default

So i've got a lawn that is 136000 sq. ft. and you charge $14 per 1000 sq. ft. so its going to cost me $ 476 right? And thats for you wanting to make $50 an hour correct. I havn't put this into the lawn calculator but I would suggest to anyone starting out to use it because I think it will save you in the long run. Plus everyones expenses are not the same so prices will vary.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-14-2009, 06:47 PM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 65
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 7
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CloseCuts View Post
So i've got a lawn that is 136000 sq. ft. and you charge $14 per 1000 sq. ft. so its going to cost me $ 476 right? And thats for you wanting to make $50 an hour correct. I havn't put this into the lawn calculator but I would suggest to anyone starting out to use it because I think it will save you in the long run. Plus everyones expenses are not the same so prices will vary.
136,000 sq ft is 3.12 acres. My quote of $14/1,000 sq ft is for lawns up to 10,000 sq ft. I give a discount for larger lawns. Over 1 acre discount is 12.5% so the bill would be $1904 - 12.5% = $1,666 or about $415 per week.

That would be about 8 hours per mow, edge, clean-up per week at $50 per hour.

Steve
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-15-2009, 03:39 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,222
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
So i've got a lawn that is 136000 sq. ft. and you charge $14 per 1000 sq. ft. so its going to cost me $ 476 right? And thats for you wanting to make $50 an hour correct.
That's a large lawn! How do you advise coming up for a price on such a property?

Quote:
Over 1 acre discount is 12.5% so the bill would be $1904 - 12.5% = $1,666 or about $415 per week.
Steve, do you think you could sell the service for the larger properties in your area without the discount? Or no? Any advice as to how one would come up with their own discount 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
  #9  
Old 03-15-2009, 04:24 AM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 65
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 7
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
That's a large lawn! How do you advise coming up for a price on such a property? Originally I was talking about how I price by 1,000 sq ft. The $14 per 1,000 sq ft per month was the price I quote Real Estate Co's for foreclosed properties with at least 3 contracts. I said for larger properties I give an additional discount.

My lot is the largest in my sub-division - 1.88 acres and more than half is woods. I have not bid a job that big (136,000 sq ft). I was responding to a previous post here. When I made up my pricing sheet, I put in discounts for over 10,000 sq ft in various increments si I could obtain $50.00 per hour.


Steve, do you think you could sell the service for the larger properties in your area without the discount? Or no? Any advice as to how one would come up with their own discount like that?
If I ever had the chance to bid on such a large lot, I don't know what discount I would offer. At that rate, just 5 jobs would be $475 x 5 = $2,375 per week. I would be very happy with that and Plan to expand immediately. Put on at least one more truck and 2 employees.

Steve
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-25-2009, 09:33 PM
turfbuilder
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Thumbs up

Quote:
Originally Posted by swstout View Post
136,000 sq ft is 3.12 acres. My quote of $14/1,000 sq ft is for lawns up to 10,000 sq ft. I give a discount for larger lawns. Over 1 acre discount is 12.5% so the bill would be $1904 - 12.5% = $1,666 or about $415 per week.

That would be about 8 hours per mow, edge, clean-up per week at $50 per hour.

Steve
Let me get this straight. It takes you 8 hrs to service a 3.12 acre lot? What are you using a 21inch walk behind. My personal property is 3 acres and I can mow, trim and blow under 1.75 hours with my 62 inch Z. I have 2 other 2acre estate sized properties with fenced in areas for horses (lots of trimming) and I'm at about 1.5 hours on those. I fetch $90.00 for each one of those. I'm getting $60.00/ hour.
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
How can Gopher help with charging interest? snyder Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 2 02-03-2007 09:59 AM
Charging Extra tiedeman Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 4 11-13-2006 03:01 PM
Charging for estimates Steve General Business Discussions 6 03-13-2006 06:42 PM
Charging by the mile tiedeman Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 03-13-2006 11:18 AM
charging sales tax on material CarrollContractors Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 2 12-02-2005 02:37 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
Today 03:31 PM
Today 05:40 PM
by Just for Cuts
2 28
trimming back shrubs
WesleySnips
Yesterday 06:14 AM
Today 05:36 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 104
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Today 04:24 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
88 4,944
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Today 03:34 PM
by Shady Grady
1,185 322,680
Echo Edger 'Neutral'
WesleySnips
07-25-2014 05:28 PM
Today 01:50 PM
by stevef1201
7 238
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
Yesterday 06:13 PM
Today 01:47 PM
by stevef1201
2 60
Buy a good company at a...
Steve
03-12-2011 06:38 AM
Today 01:44 PM
by Steve
2 1,692
Building credit
Matther777
07-27-2014 05:20 PM
Today 10:29 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
13 314
Employee wont return...
Prolawnofchatt
06-13-2014 03:12 PM
Yesterday 09:59 PM
by WesleySnips
5 568
Mow and leaf cleanup bid
SGL1
07-29-2014 07:28 PM
Yesterday 07:14 PM
by SGL1
23 336
Late charge
Simon Abousaada
07-30-2014 07:23 PM
Yesterday 12:41 PM
by Steve
2 97
Need input on a bid
phlawncare
07-28-2014 08:51 PM
Yesterday 05:08 AM
by kslawn
7 222
New from Texas
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:17 AM
07-30-2014 01:03 PM
by Steve
5 228
Single tree, mow customer
WesleySnips
06-27-2014 10:12 AM
07-30-2014 12:31 PM
by Steve
17 763
Formulas Used
BaileynSamsMum
07-29-2014 06:40 AM
07-30-2014 12:19 PM
by Steve
3 165
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
07-30-2014 06:29 AM
by kslawn
5 202
Will summer ever come
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-29-2014 08:27 AM
07-29-2014 08:29 PM
by SGL1
5 153
From Concord NC
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:34 PM
07-29-2014 02:28 PM
by Steve
3 163
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
07-29-2014 02:28 PM
by Steve
4 217
Left handed edging with...
SGL1
07-23-2014 08:59 PM
07-28-2014 07:39 AM
by SGL1
15 406
Echo PE 266 edger
stevef1201
07-01-2014 01:28 PM
07-27-2014 10:14 PM
by WesleySnips
5 406
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
07-27-2014 08:16 AM
by Just for Cuts
7 244
need some help geting...
dalvan0
07-13-2014 09:28 PM
07-26-2014 04:39 PM
by BLC7
7 392
new trailer help
mattthelawnguy
07-11-2014 08:21 PM
07-25-2014 06:31 PM
by mattthelawnguy
13 597
You know it;s gonna be a...
stevef1201
07-25-2014 08:50 AM
07-25-2014 01:34 PM
by Steve
1 156
Customer letters
kslawn
07-23-2014 06:17 AM
07-25-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
5 288
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
07-24-2014 07:09 PM
by SGL1
29 1,385
Need help determining...
Jbss861
07-20-2014 02:33 PM
07-24-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
13 477
Should I ?
googus
07-22-2014 04:06 PM
07-24-2014 12:10 PM
by Steve
4 310
My First Apartment...
SSLCtn
05-26-2014 10:17 PM
07-24-2014 06:46 AM
by kslawn
15 997
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
07-24-2014 06:38 AM
by kslawn
3 283
Selling lawns like...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:51 PM
07-24-2014 06:28 AM
by kslawn
3 343
Scag new "Eliminator"......
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-20-2014 10:45 AM
07-23-2014 05:37 PM
by Just for Cuts
9 409
need professional advice...
Fiddlers_green
07-20-2014 07:21 PM
07-23-2014 12:42 PM
by Steve
3 287
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 10:20 PM
07-23-2014 12:40 PM
by Steve
15 1,530
Lawn Service back in...
LawnCareMan280
07-18-2014 09:00 PM
07-23-2014 11:48 AM
by Steve
4 321
Overspray?
stevef1201
07-21-2014 04:20 PM
07-23-2014 11:39 AM
by Steve
3 225
Hello Everyone! Newbie...
SLKlawn
07-17-2014 06:22 PM
07-22-2014 01:53 PM
by Steve
6 369
Proper height for lawn
rob lederhilger
05-26-2014 08:01 AM
07-21-2014 02:53 PM
by LawnDoctor
9 734
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 12:31 PM
07-21-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
9 601
What's my business worth?
Chaz
07-16-2014 01:35 PM
07-21-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
4 379
1.5 Acre Jungle
WesleySnips
07-15-2014 05:57 PM
07-20-2014 11:31 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
21 727
Gopher schedule software
Ray
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
by Ray
0 280
2006 Chevy fuel pump...
KevinsLawns
07-17-2014 08:39 PM
07-18-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
1 260
Halfway point of year!
Steve
07-01-2014 12:08 PM
07-18-2014 11:38 AM
by Steve
14 836
I got told to leave and...
gwilson98
06-16-2014 02:07 PM
07-17-2014 11:43 AM
by Steve
16 1,160
Hey guys this is the...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-07-2014 08:23 PM
07-16-2014 08:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
28 894
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
07-16-2014 05:00 PM
by Just for Cuts
18 810
Classified Ad Template...
bcfb
06-05-2013 02:40 AM
07-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
15 3,847
Husqvarna pz 60
CDLAWNCARE
07-06-2014 06:50 PM
07-15-2014 08:53 AM
by kslawn
10 551
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 ads apartment lawn care estimate birdscaping care charge collections subcontractor commercial craigslist customers ecosymbiosis employee problems exmark ferris four wheel drive franchise gopherhaul grass gravely holiday honda how much to charge how to bid hydraulic installation invoice kawasaki labor cost late lawn 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 marketing mowing mulch estimate native plants new buisness office management online classifieds podcast promotion rotating scag scag v-ride season seo sprayer starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky theft of services tips toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape upsell walk behind walker winter money making ideas won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:02 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:02 PM.

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