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.

First Landscaping 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.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-13-2009, 08:45 PM
Totally Green Totally Green is offline
Gary
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Northwest Louisiana
Posts: 90
Rep Power: 7
Totally Green
Default First Landscaping Job

I feel a little dumb asking this, but here goes. I just did my first landscaping job consisting of four flower beds and a fountain. I basically did the job for cost to get the experience but I did an invoice (attached) with what I thought I should charge. I really am not sure how to charge and was hoping to get some comments. The plant costs and fountain include a 25% markup. The customer purchased her own mulch except for a couple of bags which she was short. I'll try to answer any questions and hope to get some constructive criticism (hopefully not too painful). I attached pictures of two beds. Both were already there. We removed most of the old plantings, moved a few and added a lot. Thanks in advance.

Gary
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Invoice.jpg (49.7 KB, 43 views)
File Type: jpg After1.JPG (314.6 KB, 36 views)
File Type: jpg After30.jpg (380.6 KB, 32 views)
File Type: jpg Fountain4.JPG (320.2 KB, 28 views)
File Type: jpg After29.jpg (429.0 KB, 31 views)
__________________
Totally Green Lawn Care, LLC
http://www.totallygreenlc.com
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 04-13-2009, 09:27 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,688
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Great job Gary.

I think first off, I would just put a total for installation and not put the hours or the $ per hour fee.

I also think I would include the transport and fuel fees in with the installation fee.

They are getting a good deal at $30 an hour.

What made you decide to go with a 25% markup?
__________________
- 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
  #3  
Old 04-13-2009, 09:40 PM
Totally Green Totally Green is offline
Gary
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Northwest Louisiana
Posts: 90
Rep Power: 7
Totally Green
Default

The 25% markup was based on information I read while studying for my Horticulture test. Thanks for the advice on not showing the hourly rate. You said $30.00 was a good deal. What should I be charging?

Gary
__________________
Totally Green Lawn Care, LLC
http://www.totallygreenlc.com
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-13-2009, 09:54 PM
CheapNEasy CheapNEasy is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Georgia
Age: 30
Posts: 119
Rep Power: 6
CheapNEasy is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

I agree with Steve, never reveal labor charges at an hourly rate. I always give a material list and total cost... I try not to break everything down for the customer, only for my records do I break it all down....


Nice work though, looks good. Keep it up!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-13-2009, 10:34 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,688
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
You said $30.00 was a good deal. What should I be charging?
Well ultimately this is all regional but I would want to charge the same hourly labor rate as you charge for lawn care.

When we look at the national lawn care hourly fee which I have seen to be about $45 an hour, it kinda gives you a target to shoot for.

How does what you charged for this project compare to your lawn care hourly rate?

Also, when you gave the customer the bid, how did they react to the price?
__________________
- 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
  #6  
Old 04-13-2009, 10:52 PM
Totally Green Totally Green is offline
Gary
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Northwest Louisiana
Posts: 90
Rep Power: 7
Totally Green
Default

We always try to stay in the $60 per hour range. I'm really not sure what other outfits charge around here (Northwest Louisiana). As for my customer, she was a little surprised at the estimate and said her budget was only $600. We gave her a lot more than that so we could get some experience. She was happy. She was so happy, she threw in an extra hundred. Ever little bit helps.
__________________
Totally Green Lawn Care, LLC
http://www.totallygreenlc.com
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-13-2009, 11:06 PM
majoe7 majoe7 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 184
Rep Power: 6
majoe7 is on a distinguished road
Default

Gary,

Nice job. It looks great.

It looks like the client already has some good landscape. I hope they do some upkeep on what you have done for them. What do you all think when you go back to a job you have done and it's overgrown with weeds, grass or the plants are wilted and almost dead? It kills me, but I was paid to do a job and that's what I did. It takes a hit to my pride though.

Also I just invoice a product list and an install bill.

John
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-13-2009, 11:49 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,688
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Also I just invoice a product list and an install bill.
Can you explain this a little more?
__________________
- 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 04-13-2009, 11:50 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

Hi Gary,
You did a great job on the install. All the colors flow nicely and the fountain is great.
Are the 2 large trees oaks? The reason I ask is because (and I dont expect many people to know this, but it is my job as a tree worker to notice these things), oaks need to have the base of the truck and top roots exposed to air. If you cover the exposed top roots and begin giving extra water, it can make the oaks very sick and may eventually die.
Just a little tip for future use. Next time you can impress your customers with some professional landscaping tips!
__________________
Northern California
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-14-2009, 07:24 AM
Totally Green Totally Green is offline
Gary
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Northwest Louisiana
Posts: 90
Rep Power: 7
Totally Green
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by majoe7 View Post
I hope they do some upkeep on what you have done for them.
Luckily, we also have the maintenance contract for the landscaping.

Gary
__________________
Totally Green Lawn Care, LLC
http://www.totallygreenlc.com
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
C&K Landscaping candklandscaping Introduce Yourself 7 04-10-2009 01:33 PM
Countryside Landscaping LLC donk43lax Introduce Yourself 1 11-06-2008 06:32 AM
Landscaping Schools? Steve General Business Discussions 2 08-04-2007 12:16 AM
From landscaping to a niche Steve General Business Discussions 0 02-01-2007 05:00 PM
B&B Landscaping ritchiem Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 8 04-10-2005 11:58 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Stander Vs. Zt
totalscape
Yesterday 07:57 PM
Today 07:15 AM
by homey
2 35
what do you "love" to...
calebmoss
07-06-2011 10:05 PM
Today 12:52 AM
by rmccutchan
31 9,006
I'm BACK!
SuperiorPower
12-16-2014 11:08 PM
Yesterday 11:33 PM
by SuperiorPower
7 233
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
12-19-2014 09:45 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
189 16,678
Georgia Boys!
Chilehead
12-18-2014 10:23 PM
12-19-2014 09:36 PM
by Chilehead
2 105
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 08:15 PM
12-19-2014 07:48 PM
by SuperiorPower
9 330
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
12-19-2014 06:00 PM
by homey
5 185
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 05:07 PM
12-19-2014 05:44 PM
by stevef1201
7 232
Has Obamacare helped or...
Steve
12-18-2014 04:37 PM
12-19-2014 05:43 PM
by stevef1201
3 130
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 02:56 PM
12-17-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
23 2,994
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 09:51 AM
12-17-2014 09:40 AM
by SuperiorPower
34 6,147
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
12-17-2014 09:13 AM
by SuperiorPower
15 1,344
New to Gopher Haul-from...
323k13l
12-12-2014 10:34 PM
12-15-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
3 311
hi
creteland
12-12-2014 09:06 AM
12-15-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
5 306
New addition to my small...
googus
12-12-2014 07:36 PM
12-15-2014 07:47 AM
by googus
4 384
Ferris IS700Z
rmccutchan
12-14-2014 01:10 AM
12-14-2014 11:41 PM
by rmccutchan
4 280
Charge what the market...
Billy Goat
12-09-2014 12:39 PM
12-14-2014 06:39 PM
by biglee
20 828
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
12-12-2014 07:18 AM
by steveinil
4 825
Utility Company Right of...
eastsidelandcare
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
by eastsidelandcare
0 292
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
12-11-2014 04:50 PM
by eastsidelandcare
33 4,112
suggestions on full lawn...
Brian3137
12-10-2014 07:18 PM
12-11-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
6 405
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 11:20 PM
12-11-2014 09:43 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
18 3,399
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
12-10-2014 02:45 PM
by WesleySnips
7 648
Echo pb200 blower fuel...
googus
12-06-2014 09:03 PM
12-09-2014 06:35 PM
by Steve
3 500
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
12-09-2014 06:24 PM
by Steve
36 9,827
Are you prepared for the...
Steve
12-02-2014 04:13 PM
12-09-2014 06:22 PM
by Steve
7 920
Email Address Name
Just Cuts
12-07-2014 09:49 PM
12-08-2014 03:15 PM
by Steve
3 444
Inspection form
stevef1201
12-07-2014 10:38 AM
12-08-2014 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 444
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
12-08-2014 12:37 PM
by jrs.landscaping
108 34,232
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
12-07-2014 06:35 PM
by stevef1201
24 1,730
Innovation by mandate
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 01:33 PM
12-06-2014 03:27 PM
by SGL1
12 990
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 10:07 PM
12-05-2014 11:06 AM
by Steve
9 2,285
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
12-04-2014 01:32 PM
by stevef1201
15 1,473
How many hours is too...
Just Cuts
12-04-2014 09:00 AM
12-04-2014 01:02 PM
by Just for Cuts
6 622
Does this sound like a...
googus
12-03-2014 07:47 AM
12-04-2014 12:37 PM
by Steve
5 707
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
12-04-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
14 1,244
New website
SGL1
12-02-2014 10:55 PM
12-03-2014 11:17 PM
by BLC7
19 876
Websites, how long...
Dan Tanner
03-09-2014 08:29 AM
12-03-2014 11:12 PM
by SGL1
21 3,258
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 11:04 PM
12-03-2014 10:36 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 1,888
GPS trackers for...
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:09 PM
12-03-2014 07:17 PM
by Steve
8 724
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
12-03-2014 06:31 PM
by SGL1
17 1,471
Hiring Subs over Temps
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:26 AM
12-03-2014 01:24 PM
by Steve
3 655
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
12-02-2014 11:11 PM
by SGL1
11 9,545
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
12-02-2014 02:17 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 1,499
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
12-02-2014 08:47 AM
by SGL1
6 1,522
old contracts
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 11:10 AM
12-01-2014 11:20 AM
by Steve
3 723
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
12-01-2014 10:54 AM
by Steve
9 1,292
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
12-01-2014 10:45 AM
by Steve
32 15,206
Intuit Quickbooks...
CDLAWNCARE
11-30-2014 10:19 AM
11-30-2014 10:19 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
0 628
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
11-28-2014 01:36 PM
by Just Cuts
1,196 355,959
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying bid bob villa bush care commercial decorating deliquentaccounts demonstration ditches edging employee problems ferris first truck four wheel drive gopherhaul grass hardscapes hills hiring how much to charge how to hydraulic installation introduction 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 managing a lawn care business mulch mulch price past due patio install per hour charge podcast profit on employee reo scag v-ride scripts shell snow snow plowing sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business steve sulky toro tractor auger trailer mate pro tree truck new used landscape turfgrass consulting up sell employee walk behind won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:27 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:27 AM.

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