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northwest lawn
04-07-2005, 12:26 AM
going to bid on a develpment with 85 homes each unti is approximately 6,000 sq. ft it only gets edged and trimmed three times a year. any advice?

04-07-2005, 12:55 AM
ADVICE...Get experience running your business FIRST before jumping for a BIG JOB! If you've got to ask someone that has never seen it, YOU ARE IN BIG TROUBLE. DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT COSTS YOU TO OPERATE YOUR BUSINESS???? Do you have insurance? If not, I'd bet this big job will want you to have it! IF YOU BID THIS WRONG & GET THE JOB, it could KILL YOUR BUSINESS before you even get started!!!


northwest lawn
04-07-2005, 12:58 AM
my second year in business already have the equipment, insurance, etc. just curious on what other guys would charge for something like this

04-07-2005, 01:02 AM
My family will bail me out.../
Do you have more info?
sq. ft. all the other stuff

northwest lawn
04-07-2005, 01:27 AM
its approximately 6,000 square feet per unit agin with 85 units and it is only edged and trimmed three times a year

04-07-2005, 01:33 AM
1] what type of mower sizes are you using?
2] how long would it take for one unit?
3] how many guys will be doing it with you?
4]how many weeks between mows?

04-07-2005, 01:41 AM
In addition to questions asked by the previous responder.....

How many linear feet to be EDGED?

By trimmed, do you mean bushes? Because if you are only (string) trimming around the 85 building 3 times a year, it will be 6 feet high each time!

What happened to the guy that was doing it last year? Why are they changing (thinking about it)?

DO YOU HAVE the EQUIPMENT & MANPOWER & SYSTEMS in place to handle such a big job?

Do you have the CASH FLOW? (Or are they paying you UP FRONT? NOT!)

Not trying to bust balls on this matter. But you just posted VERY VAGUE details and want answers. Besides, what does it matter? You go in with YOUR BID and either get it or don't! You bid it to make a PROFIT for YOU! Someone will come in & do it for $10 a unit x 85 = $850 (or LESS) a week & think they are RICH, only to find out that they are LOSING MONEY!


northwest lawn
04-07-2005, 01:42 AM
four guys mowed weekly with 61" sentar 36" stander and 48"lesco walk behind

northwest lawn
04-07-2005, 01:59 AM
they were unhappy with the job that they did their lawn crew came through and weed whipped 60% of the homes. hmm sounds like they should of gotten rid of them. i have the price of what the other company charged i just wanted to compare it other opinions. and then compare it to mine. it will be one full day of mowing if that.

04-07-2005, 02:52 AM
So what were they getting paid?

04-07-2005, 05:06 AM
from what i can see id estimate**** $1100.00

Mower For Less
04-07-2005, 12:26 PM
Without seeing it mind you, assuming its a normal driveway sidewalk type edging arrangement, and the equipment you have, I would assume you can do each unit in 12 minutes or less. (averaging time of trimming and not trimming).

12 minutes x 85 units = 17 ManHours

What do you have to charge per manhour to be profitable? $35? $45? $55?

The math is easy from here. $595 - $935 based on the $35-$55 above. Only you know your costs and overhead though.


04-07-2005, 02:05 PM
Why in the world would they only want it trimmed and edged three times a year? They might as well just want it bushhogged about three times a year too!

04-07-2005, 05:15 PM
Good luck getting the job. I would MAKE IT COMPLETELY CLEAR to the CONTACT at the job that you CANNOT take individual comments/complaints from homeowners. THEY NEED TO HANDLE THEM & RELAY ON TO YOU.

OTHERWISE (and this will probably happen anyway) you will have 85 people thinking they can stop you (or your workers) to discuss certain items to their specific house ( I want you to BAG MY GRASS, etc.).